31 August - 29 September 2018
Unit London

Fathoms

Will Martyr

This September, we are proud to present an exhibition of new works by emerging British painter, Will Martyr, following his debut solo show 'Wanderlust' at Unit London in 2017.

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Fathoms will present new works that continue to depict slightly surreal locations dedicated to moments of leisure and subdued past times. The hand-drawn compositions are executed with expert technical precision, masked off and cut to shape using surgical blades before being hand-painted with exceptional finish. On first glance the paintings are characterised by flat areas of colour, however on closer inspection the layers of paint and raised impasto elements become apparent, signifying Martyr’s scrupulous devotion to quality. 

Martyr’s multi-layered work recalls a diverse range of traditional artistic genres from still life, through tondos and religious iconography to architectural studies. Taking inspiration from a wide range of artists and movements including Pop Art, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Futurism, the work of David Hockney and posters from 1930s Soviet Russia.
 
Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt, co-founders of Unit London, said, “Will’s paintings create a very personal reaction when you look at them, encouraging private reminiscence of playfulness and enjoyment in the viewer. His unique style is incredibly precise, and his use of luminous colour creates a warmth and certainty to life, which is both exhilarating and effortless.”

 

 

In the studio with Will Martyr, 2018

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