An established artist who has exhibited widely and won first prize from more than 500 entries in our 2002 Open Competition.
A graduate of Newport Art School, his work is in collections around the world.
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Artist in a floating world: recent paintings by Martyn Vaughan Jones
(From the press release of a past exhibition)
An unhurried and nomadic way of life, with the excitement of new places to explore every day, is what both helps and hinders the artist Martyn Vaughan Jones. Moving on every couple of weeks to find a new mooring on the canal system, Martyn has a more intimate experience of the landscape than the majority of house dwellers. He explains, 'I am lucky enough to live in the landscape - an ever changing one - on my moving home, my narrowboat. Wherever I am there is a painting waiting for me. Painting is my way of thanking all that is around me: I can't sing or play an instrument well, I'm not great at poetry or prose - so, painting it is!'
Born in Coventry in 1957, and brought up in England and then Wales, it was foretold as early as his Junior School days that Martyn would become a painter. As a Fine Art (Illustration) graduate of Newport College of Art (1975-79) he gained experience of many techniques, including screenprinting which he later needed for his first and only job. In London, aged 21, and for just 10 months, Martyn was employed by the Metropolitan Police making prints for their signs. He determined then that he would make his way as an artist.
As part of a group of artists in Kingston-upon-Thames, the young Martyn exhibited his work (then painstakingly detailed) in and around the area of Richmond, Sheen and Barnes, in hired venues and at markets. As a more mature artist he has shown his work in many mixed, paired and solo exhibitions in larger London venues and in Wales at the Albany, Cardiff, the Washington, Penarth and in Crickhowell and West Wales galleries. In 2002 he won the 1st prize in the Tenby Open Art Competition against artists from across the UK.
Now producing semi-abstract work of brooding intensity and rich colour, inspired by but not slavishly representative of the landscapes he moves through, Martyn's latest exhibition in Tenby includes some recurring themes - headlands, hill farms, estuaries, isolated dwellings and canals. 'Though the sea is a great inspiration to me, a narrowboat is not suited to the ocean. I find my home can take me virtually anywhere else I need, and my van and bike do the rest. I am a frequent visitor to West Wales as my parents live here, and I find the local hills and coastal features fascinating.' The current work is mostly in acrylic and of relatively medium-to-small size as oils long drying time would create storage problems on board, and manipulating very large canvases in the 7 foot wide space would also be difficult.