Martin's background in sculpture informs all aspects of his work and he continues to analyse form and structure in both Still Life, Landscape and the Figure.

 

In his still life work the close-in viewpoints and cropping of the images owe much to contemporary advertising and the strong side-lighting to studio photography.

This, combined with strong references to c.1600 Spanish still-life painting gives the work both a traditional and contemporary feel.

 

These extraordinarily sculptural images from the most common objects, magnified and viewed from eye-level, take on qualities that transcend their subject matter where a combination of analytical observation and dramatic scale gives a new and exciting approach to Still Life. 

 

He has now begun to develop decorative elements in the background of his work resulting in more complex spatial and colour relationships .

 

Much of his work has been in multilayered, fixed, thick pastel where the medium becomes more like oil paint but he has also worked on a larger scale in acrylics and uses a wide range of media in his more experimental studies.

 

He has recently been working on more quasi-narrative paintings  arising from his smaller studies of ethnic masks and puppets and from his work in photomontage.