Martin Devine lives and works in Linlithgow , Scotland. Originally working in the field of portraiture and wildlife, he progressed to landscapes developing a characteristic, recognizable style. A self taught artist, specialising in Watercolour and Indian Ink, Devine devoted his career to art making over four years ago. He now enjoys vast commercial success in his field and has work exhibited in various UK galleries with over twenty paintings featured at The Figura Gallery in Windsor. Furthermore, Devine's paintings are in a number of private collections around the world, including the USA and Japan. With over thirty commissions accepted from the UK and the States to date Devine is unquestionably in vogue and undoubtedly a name to look out for.
Devine is well travelled and can boast the States, Ireland and many countries in Europe, including Italy, as places he has toured, not forgetting he has paid visit to most places in Scotland and the UK. On each venture he is invariably touched by the timeless majesty of the natural surroundings, 'I absorb the shapes and colours I see everywhere, and it inspires my art back in the studio. I particularly have witnessed many skies, from pre-dawn to post-dusk, and over various seasons in varying weather.' Devine employs colour theory, abstraction and line to craft depth to his land and skyscapes. Making use of a range of tonal values and differing brushstrokes, Devine presents a novel, contemporary image of the landscape. 'I sometimes employ simple, but bold, wash techniques, and sometimes paint as if I would when using oil or acrylic' he affirms. Taking his cue from minimalism Devine's work encourages a regard for simplicity. His approach recurrently exhibits a similitude to the Pop Artists Patrick Caulfield in the emblematic use of flat areas of single hues surrounded by black outlines to emphasise basic shapes, [Red Sky, 2007], [Walking The West Highland Way, 2006] 'I use black line to clearly state the shapes I see, as you would see it in stained glass windows (I witnessed many in Italy that were so striking and bold)' he says. Occasionally Devine will play with titles and composition, he gives the quaint example of 'two cottages, perhaps close together, perhaps separated by a mile or two, against a backdrop of associated mountains may be titled 'Sisters' but other examples at London Art might be The Maestro, 2007 and Let's Be Alone Together, 2007.
At London Art we are pleased to declare Devine as this week's chosen Artist of the Week. This article hopes to publicize the novel way in which Devine uses watercolours. Whilst all too often watercolour paintings can feel limp and transparent, Devine's bold, confident manipulation of the medium is to be admired. Devine considers himself, 'Happy, frustrated, wanting more, driven', a persona that will, we anticipate, foster a bountiful collection of future creations for London Art!
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