Martyn McKenzie

Artist Biography

I develop my work from unexpected moments in life. Each painting represents a place or experience and draws on a particular emotion ; otherness, hope, emptiness, safety, uncertainty. Sometimes it is important to title the work with a place name - something truly personal. At other times I am interested in the the ability for an image to connect to a wider audience. In this way, the paintings are both autobiographical and universal. This is something important to me - an opportunity to connect, to communicate something, and yet leave space for the viewer. In many ways I consider painting as a form of poetry.

Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting 2008 - 2012

Martyn McKenzie is an artist living and working in Glasgow. Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012, he has exhibited in numerous group shows and held two solo-shows. Alongside his practice as a painter, he has also produced commissioned works of public art which explore a more sculptural approach. McKenzie exhibited as a finalist for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2015 at the Mall Galleries in London. Amongst other galleries he has exhibited at The McLean Museum Greenock, House for an Art Lover Glasgow, and at the Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh and the Whitechapel Gallery London exhibiting a selection of handmade artists’ books.

Selected Exhibitions 

Low Lands, solo-show, The Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, 2018 // Southside Salon,  group exhibition, House for Art Lover Studio Pavilion, Glasgow, 2017 // Solo Show, Sutton Gallery, Edinburgh, May 2016 // OPAL, two-person show with artist Kate McAllan, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh, July 2014 // Co-formed and exhibited with Artist Book Collective ‘Commingle Press’ at the Artists’ BookMarket, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, February 2014 // Consider the Veil, two-person show with artist Kate McAllan, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh, April 2013 // *EELS, curated, organised and exhibited in a nine person show, Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh, April 2012.