Martin Spanyol’s work has gone through a number of transitions, from Abstract Expressionism to Figurative painting. He is primarily a painter but has also produced a large number of ceramics and drawings.
His approach has always been spontaneous, improvisational and visceral. Influences are mostly from Southern European artistic traditions – Velazquez, Zurbaran, Goya, Van Gogh, De Chirico, Matisse, Bonnard, Picasso, Dufy and Morandi.
— WORKS —
Hotel Finix is the title of an ongoing body of small gouache paintings that depict remembered and imagined Mediterranean locations. The work explores the enigmatic moment of arrival in such places, nostalgia and the selectiveness of memory. It is also concerned with the nature of Painting itself and with how painterly gesture, pattern and abstract surfaces create illusion. These paintings are upbeat, celebratory and appeal to a shared experience of the anticipation and memory of travel – an imaginary grand tour.
— EDUCATION —
Bath Academy of Art (1970-74)
Goldsmiths’ College (1981-83)
— SOLO EXHIBITIONS —
1974 Bristol Arts Centre
1983 Brighton Polytechnic Gallery
1985 Richmond House
1990 Black Bull Gallery
1993 Thomas Neal’s, Covent Garden
2015 Linden Hall Studio, Deal
— GROUP EXHIBITIONS —
1976 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
1978 Chenil Gallery, Chelsea. 1979 Chenil Gallery, Chelsea
1980 John Moores 12. 1981 Metro Show, Wapping.
1982 Metro Show, Wapping
1983 Works on Paper, Syracuse, USA.
1983 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
1983 Woodlands Gallery, Blackheath.
1983 Goldsmiths’ College MA Exhibition
1984 Richmond House, Hackney.
1986 London Fields Artists
1984 Richmond House, Hackney. 1986 London Fields Artists.
1986 DIY Gallery, Lambeth. 1986 Art Room, Hampstead
1987 Fuente Studios, Andalucia
1990 Edith Grove Gallery. 1990 Charlotte Lampard Gallery.
1991 Designers Guild. 1991 Opus 1. 1991 Aria, Islington.
1991 Chiaroscuro, Fulham. 1992 New Hoxton Ceramics.
1992 Craftworks, Hampstead. 1992 Figure of Eight Gallery.
1993 Chesil Court Studio, Chelsea. 1993 Bery Designs, Battersea.
1993 Anna Bornholt Gallery, London.
1993 Clayton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
1993 Standpoint Gallery, Hoxton. 1994 Maxfields, Los Angeles.
1994 Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire.
1995 New Hoxton Ceramics.
1995 Henry Neuman Designs, New York.
1995 Rebecca Hossack Gallery
2003 Jerwood Drawing Prize Exhibition.
2005 Drawing Gallery, Mayfair
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