Artist biography

Mary MARTIN b. 1907

Abstract artist in paintings and constructions. Born 16 January 1907 at Folkestone. Studied at Goldsmiths' College 1925–9 and at the R.C.A. 1929–32. Married Kenneth Martin 1930. Exhibited at the A.I.A. from 1934, mainly as a still-life and landscape painter, using her maiden name, Mary Balmford. Taught drawing, design and weaving at Chelmsford School of Art 1941–4. Painted her first abstract picture in 1950, made her first reliefs in 1951 and her first free-standing construction in 1956. Exhibited with the London Group from 1932, member 1959. First one-man exhibition, with her husband, at the Heffer Gallery, Cambridge, 1954. Has participated in group exhibitions of constructed art in England and abroad, notably Konkrete Kunst, Zürich 1960, and Experiment in Constructie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1962. Constructed reliefs for the Orient Line's S.S. Oriana 1960.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II