David Martin

DAVID MARTIN RSW RGI

Biography

Born 1922
1934-39 Educated Govan High School.
1940-42 Glasgow School of Art.
1942-46 RAF instrument mechanic in Trichinopoly, Southern India.
1946 Instructor in art under the Forces Educational and
Vocational Training Scheme.
1946-48 Glasgow School of Art under David Donaldson.
Meets the painter Isobel Smith at Glasgow School
of Art.
1948-9 Jordanhill Teacher Training College.
1949-59 Studied design at evening classes with Robert Stewart,
GSA.
1949 Elected Professional Member SSA.
1952 Marries Isobel Smith. Moves to Eaglesham.
1956 Design for Fabric selected by Arts Council for inclusion
in an exhibition in the Design Centre, Glasgow, Printed
by Gayonne Fabrics Ltd.
1959 Elected member of Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.
1961 Elected Member of Royal Scottish Society of Painters in
Watercolour.
1973-83 Principal Teacher of Art, Hamilton Grammar School.
Elected Member of Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts.
1983 Retires from teaching.
1986 Meets Marc Chagall in Glasgow.
1991 Member SAAC.
1993 Elected Honorary Member of Society of Scottish Artists.

Selected solo exhibitions
1965 Stone Gallery, Newcastle.
1979 Strathclyde University.
1983 Fair Maids Gallery, Perth.
1984 Gallery 22, Cupar, Fife.
1985 & ’90 Torrance Gallery.
1991 Kingfisher Gallery.
1992 Thackeray Gallery, London.
1994 Thackeray Gallery, London.
Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
1995 JohnMartin Gallery, London.
The Fosse Gallery.
1997 John Martin Gallery, London.
1998 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
1999 ‘David Martin Paintings 1948-99’, Perth Museum and
Art Gallery, John Martin Gallery, London.
2000 John Martin Gallery, London.
2001 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
2002 ‘Eightieth Birthday Exhibition’, John Martin Gallery.
2003 ‘Landscapes’, John Martin Chelsea.
2004 ‘David Martin, Rhythm and Hues’, John Martin Gallery.
Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
2005 ‘New Work’, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
John Martin Gallery, London.
Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
2006 John Martin Gallery, London.
Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
2007 Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2009 Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.

Group exhibitions
David Martin has exhibited annually since1948 at the Royal Scottish
Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute. He has also exhibited at the
Royal Academy; the Mall Galleries; Bath Contemporary Art Fair;
William Hardie Gallery; Thackeray Gallery; Torrance Gallery;
‘41 Gallery; The Shore Gallery, Leith; Roger Billcliffe Fine Art;
The Macauley Gallery; The Hunting Art Prize exhibition 1996;
Glasgow Art Fair; Singer Friedlander; the 20th Century British Art Fair;
Albany Gallery; Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath; Lemon Street Gallery, Truro;
Richmond Hill Gallery, London; Everard Reid Gallery, Johannesburg;
Red Rag Gallery; Compass Gallery; Smith Gallery, Dunblane;
Lalique, Madison Avenue, New York; and the Chelsea Gallery, Palo Alto,
California.

With John Martin he has participated in exhibitions at The Miami Art Fair
1996; ‘On a Grand Scale’ 1997; ‘Fifty and One’ 1997; ‘Art International’,
New York, 1998; various Christmas Shows, 1998; The London
Contemporary Art Fair, 1995-99; ‘Discerning Eye’ at the Mall Galleries,
London 2000; ‘Connections’, 2000, for members and guests of the RSA,
annually at Lemon Street Gallery, Truro since 1999 in both christmas and
summer mixed shows, and with them at the London Art Fair.

Collections
The Scottish Arts Council; Scottish Television; City of Edinburgh Art Collection;
Edinburgh Corporation; Robert Fleming & Company; Perth Museum
and Art Gallery; East Kilbride Town Council; Education Authorities of Edinburgh,
Argyll, Dunbartonshire, Lanarkshire; the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock;
Clydesdale Bank; Warburg Asset Management; Credit Lyonnais, London;
The Earl of Moray; Dr T Shimizu; Lord MacFarlane; Lord Goold; Linklater &
Paines, London.

Bibliography
Dictionary of International Biography.
The Dictionary of Scottish Painters, Paul Harris and Julian Halsby.
The Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945, David Buckman.
Paintings from the Clydesdale Bank Collection, Patrick Bourne.
Scottish Watercolour Painting, Jack Firth.
The Artist magazine, April 1994 & May 1995.
Oils Master Class, Sally Bulgin.
Debrett’s Distinguished People of Today.
Who’s Who in Scotland.
Who’s Who in Europe.