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monmhur
 
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Scottish Landscape Series No76
 
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Tuscan Meadows
 
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Martin Devine Paintings
I have been painting professionally for 9 years. I use colour theory, varied use of tone and differing brushstrokes to present a contemporary image of the landscape. I also aim to change the perception of the landscape seen by the viewer. Inspired by minimalism I am spare with detail and encourage a regard for simplicity. I use colour, abstraction and line to give distance in sky and land, sometimes altering tonal values and other times verging towards flat blocks of colour to emphasise basic shapes.
 
Education:
Art Study / Training : Part self-trained / part studied under various Scottish artists 1997 - 2005 ; Studying BA (Art History) 2006 -
 
Awards:
EBSQ Plus Election 2005 ; EBSQ Art Show Special Mention 2006.
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
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Single Exhibitions:
Westgate Gallery, East Lothian : Featured Exhibition 6 APR - 22 APR 2006 ; Fenton Barns, East Lothian : Self-arranged exhibition of work 2004 ; Highland Wildlife Park, Scotland : Resident Artist / Solo Exhibition 1998 - 2000 ; Argyll Wildlife Zoo, Scotland : Resident Artist / Solo Exhibition 1998 - 2000.
 
Group Exhibitions:
Shoreline Studio Gallery, Aberdour : “A Cracking Christmas” 17 NOV 2007 – 8 JAN 2008 ; Shoreline Studio Gallery, Aberdour : “Colour Symphonies” 29 SEP – 13 NOV 2007 ; Figura Gallery, Windsor, London : Mixed Exhibition 12 JUL – 9 SEP 2007 ; Jerdan Gallery, Crail : Mixed Exhibition 29 JUN – 30 JUL 2007 ; Shoreline Studio Gallery, Aberdour : “Lazy Summer Days” 16 JUN – 28 JUL 2007 ; Just Scottish Art Gallery, Edinburgh : Landscape Exhibition 31 MAY – 12 JUL 2007 ; Tore Art Gallery, Tore : Mixed Exhibition 6 APR – 3 JUL 2007 ; Cats Moustache Gallery, Dumfries and Galloway : Selected works currently exhibited 2007
; Christo’s Gallery, Glasgow : Selected works currently exhibited 2006 - 2007 ; Figura Gallery, Winsor, London : Mixed Exhibition APR 2007 ; Shoreline Studio Gallery, Aberdour : “Forgotten Memories” 3 MAR – 17 APR 2007 ; Crimestoppers (Scotland) : Annual Charity Auction Glasgow 23 MAR 2007 ; Cats Moustache Gallery, Dumfries And Galloway : 1 FEB - 31 MAR 2007 ; Tore Art Gallery, Tore : 1 DEC 2006 - 14 JAN 2007 ; View From The Top Gallery, Nottingham : Selected Independent Artists Exhibition JAN 2007 ; Shoreline Studio Gallery, Aberdour : Christmas Is Coming¡¨ 25 NOV 2006 - 9 JAN 2007 ; Jerdan Gallery, Crail : 'Wee Stoaters' 13 OCT - 5 NOV 2006 ; Shoreline Studio Gallery, Aberdour : 'Scottish Journeys' 23 SEP - 21 NOV 2006 ; Christo's Gallery, Glasgow : Mixed Exhibition 31 JUL - 15 SEP 2006 ; The Line Gallery, West Lothian : Selected works currently exhibited 2006 ; Westgate Gallery, East Lothian : Selected works currently exhibited 2006 ; Just Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh : Landscapes Exhibition 1 JUN - 14 JUL 2006 ; Gallery NINE, London : Joint Exhibition 3 APR - 15 MAY 2006 ; The Line Gallery, West Lothian : Joint Exhibition 25 MAR - 18 APR 2006 Christo's Gallery, Glasgow : Selected pieces exhibited AUG - DEC 2005 ; Pinks Gallery, Argyll : Selected pieces exhibited JUL - DEC 2005 (including Breast Cancer Awareness exhibition (OCT) and Christmas Exhibition Featured Work (DEC))

NOTE : Further exhibitions are being scheduled for remainder of 2007 and into 2008. Details will follow.
 
Artist's Statement:
My landscape painting in watercolours are, on a basic aesthetic level, intended to simply be pleasing to the eye. I employ colour theory, a varied use of tone, and differing brushstrokes, to present a contemporary image of the landscape.On a further level, I try to pull the whole landscape together, for example by removing all windows, doors and other features from any buildings in the composition. This enables the structures to sink into the land of which these stone and wood constructions were originally born of, perhaps reclaiming them for the earth. This also removes the 'eyes' of the buildings, depersonalising, dehumanising, removing any perceived expression or identity. Perhaps I should also mention at this juncture that I am adopted and have never traced my natural parents : a lone blank Scottish cottage in a sparse spacious landscape. I'll leave the viewer to figure out any particular meaning. One other aim is to change the perception of the landscape seen by the viewer, to encourage a regard of the simplicity of it all, and I hope an interesting composition comes from being spare with detail : a foreboding sky does not have to have every minute detail thrown at the viewer. This leads to another influence : Minimalism. Much influence in my work comes from the various aspects of this movement, and not just in the visual arts.Finally, colour, abstraction, shapes, line ¡V these are all important in my thoughts. Sometimes I will use tonal values to give distance in sky and land, while other times I will verge more to a flatter, block colour, emphasising the basic shapes we see before us. I also deliberately employ a line which is not too smooth and perfect, it is as unpredictable as it is in nature. The use of line to define the shapes of the landscape came from an earlier study of the works of Mondrian, and how black line affected my perception of the colour and shapes of his paintings.
 
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