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Art Education: 
Ipswich School of Art (Portrait Sculpture)
Norwich School of Art (Life drawing)
University of East Anglia, B.Ed. (Art & Design)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013











2012




















2011









2010

'Summer Show'
Bircham Gallery
Holt

'Adenbrookes Hospital'
Cambridge

'Beside the Sea'
Norwich 20 Group
Salthouse Church


'The Castle Art Show'
Castle Museum
Norwich

'Ten Years After'
Last Gallery
Zurich

'Picking up Pieces',
The Apex
Bury St Edmunds

'The Eastern Open'
Fermoy Galleries
Kings Lynn

'Looking into 20'
The Forum
Norwich


Store Street Gallery,
Bloomsbury, London

Norwich 20 Group
House Metternich
Koblenz


Stark Gallery,
Canterbury


'Twin Visions'
British & German Art
The Forum
Norwich

'Norwich Printmakers', Bankside Gallery, South Bank, London

'Norfok Contemporary Art 2010' The Forum, Norwich

'The Paston's Country'
Oxburgh Hall, (National Trust)

'The Eastern Open' Kings Lynn


2002-2013 'LAST', Zurich, Switzerland

Bircham Contemporary Art, Holt
2009 'StoneEye, Orford Ness 2009', Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh

'The Pastons Country' Grapevine, Norwich
2008 ‘Print Fair, Elements II’, The Forum, Norwich
  Castle Museum, Norwich
  Folkes Miller Fine Art, Long Melford, Suffolk
   
   
2004-2009 Grapevine Gallery, Norwich.
  COSA, Notting Hill, London
2007 Outer Temple Chambers, (two person show), The Strand, London
2006 Chocolate Factory Gallery, Southwark.
  Three person show, David Curzon Gallery, Wimbledon.
  John Allen Fine Arts, Core One, .Chelsea.
  ‘Forty by Four’, Atticus Arts, Bath
  Walker Galleries, Harrogate
2000-2005 John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
2000-2002 NNAC Millenium Exhibition, Norwich .Cathedral
  ‘British Contemporary Art‘, Deloitte & Touche, Zurich, Switzerland
  Woodbine Contemporary Arts, Lincolnshire
  Field Dalling Gallery, Norfolk.
  Red Gallery, Marlow
  Taylor Contemporary Art, Twickenham.
1992-1999 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
  Castle Museum, Norwich.
  Contact Gallery, Norwich.
  The Laing Open, Raveningham
  Heffer Gallery Cambridge.
  The Riverside Gallery, Snape Maltings
  Barn Galleries, Aston, Henley-on-Thames

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013  'Painted with a Passion'
Last Gallery, Zurich

'Light on the Landscape'
Mandells Gallery, Norwich
2011  'A Sense of Place'
Mandells Gallery, Norwich
  'Paintings of Orford Ness', Theatre Royal, Norwich
2010 'Recent Paintings'
LAST Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
2005/07 'New Paintings'
LAST, Zurich, Switzerland
2009  'Coast to Coast'
Grapevine Gallery, Norwich
2005/07  'Recent Paintings'
Grapevine Gallery, Norwich
2002/04 John Russell Gallery, Ipswich
2003 Bircham Contemporary Art, Holt
1998/99/
2000/01/02

Frames Gallery, Norwich
1998 The Music House Gallery, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh
1996 The Lantern Gallery, Walberswick
1995 The Frederick Gallery, Raveningham
1994 St. Gregory’s Art Centre, Norwich

ART FAIRS & FESTIVALS

Glasgow Art Fair 2012

'Palace Art Fair 2010', Bishop's Palace, Fulham, London

'Brighton Art Fair 2010'


'Art on Paper', Royal College of Art, London .
London Art 2006, Islington.
Art London 2005, Chelsea
'Affordable Art Fair', Bristol, Battersea & Hampstead (various dates)
The Reepham Festival 2008
The Norwich Print Fair (various dates)
Norfolk Visual Arts Festival Open Studio Scheme, 1997/98/99/2000/08/09/10/11
‘The Eastern Open‘, 1998/99/01/03/09/10/12, Fermoy Gallery, Kings Lynn

RESIDENCIES & COLLABORATIONS

2008-09: Six artists work with the National Trust, responding to the former military site at Orford Ness, Suffolk

2008-10: Seventeen artists and poets collaborated to produce a hand-made limited edition book and touring exhibition based upon the 'Paston Letters'
 


COLLECTIONS;

The National Trust
Deloitte & Touche, Zurich
Targetfollow PLC
The Sainsbury Centre Loan Collection, University of East Anglia

MEDIA

'Conversations with Artists'', Interview by David Lindsay for Future Radio, 2011

Cover painting and inserts for 'Each Crumbling House' by Melody S. Gee, winner of the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize, USA

Interview by Lesley Davenport, BBC Radio Suffolk, 2011

‘The Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945’, Ed. David  Buckman 
  
‘Wide Skies, a Century of Painting and Painters in Norfolk’ by A. May & B. Watts

Feature articles in the ‘Artist’ magazine, various dates   
     
‘Arty-Facts’ (Featured artist),
Anglia TV, July 2004

‘Paston Country ’ DVD documenting the creation of a unique hand made book by artists and writers. Argus Productions 2008

Jacket cover illustration for 'Four Funerals and a Wedding', by Ben Moss, Janus Publishing 2009

 

BIOGRAPHY

Martin Laurance began his career as an engraver and graphic designer, attending art school classes in portrait sculpture and life drawing before taking a B.Ed. in art and design. He has taught in high schools, adult education centres and has mentored fine art postgraduates. He now paints full time.

After an early exhibiting career during which he held one-man shows in the UK. the Middle East and the USA, his interest in painting and printmaking began to be replaced by drawing and for a number of years he devoted his time solely to life drawing, rarely exhibiting these works.

By the mid 1990's his attention turned once again to landscape and he resumed solo exhibitions and participation in many group shows. After the discipline of the figure and the austerity of pencil and charcoal the scale of his work became large, with monochrome being replaced with vibrant colour.

Martin's work is in public, private and corporate collections in this country and abroad, including the National Trust, Deloitte and Touche (Zurich) and the Sainsbury Centre Loan Collection, University of East Anglia.

ARTISTS STATEMENT

My work is about landscape. In my paintings I try to convey the spirit and reality of a place. Going beyond the immediate sensation to something felt and experienced.

Many of my locations are very well known to me and have been walked over and drawn many times. In the studio I use this raw material to create a work that is true to my experience. By allowing other elements such as memory to enter the picture-making process the work becomes richer, and to me, more meaningful.

I work in a variety of mixed media; oil, acrylic, collage, ink, charcoal, watercolour and gouache, singly or in combinations on paper or canvas.

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Martin Laurance in the studio
Martin Laurance in the studio
Martin Laurance and David Lindsay
Martin Laurance and David Lyndsay
in Martin's studio
Martin Laurance and German-artist-Andreas Bruchhauser
Martin Laurance with Koblenz
artist Andreas Bruchhauser
Martin Laurance and Rupert Malin's studio
Martin Laurance & Rupert Mallin's Studio