Martin produces atmospheric pieces; employing a rich, muted colour palette and velvet blacks to create a dream-like sensuality that pervades his work. The artist's forays into clay have also opened up an interesting dialogue between his sculpture and figure painting. Working across a broad range of mediums including chalk, pen and ink, pencil, oils, pastels, etching and clay, Martin has developed a style that draws inspiration from Francisco De Goya and Eugene Delacroix. His variety of mediums is matched by his diversity of subjects and genres, which include landscapes, seascapes, urban scenes, portraits, figure painting, sculpture and still lifes.
The artist prefers to sketch and paint from life. In his portraiture Martin feels it is important to get to know his sitter and will often request 6-7 sittings. Weather-permitting, landscapes will be produced in situ, but where this isn't possible, Martin will complete works in the studio using his sketches for reference. Martin's art is rooted in personal impression and for this reason he does not work from photographs.
Martin Yeoman was born in 1953 and trained from 1975-1979 at the Royal Academy Schools, London. Since then he has been prolific in portraiture, still life, landscape and sculpture, and has undertaken notable commissions including Ed Sheeran and Her Majesty the Queen's Grandchildren.
Society of Portrait Sculptors
1976 - Silver Medal for Drawing, Royal Academy Schools1978 - David Murray Landscape Scholarship1979 - Richard Ford Scholarship1980 - Elizabeth Greenshield Scholarship1996 - Menena Joy Schwabe Prize1998 - The Philip Solomon Drawing Prize2002 - The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture2004 - The Bill Turner Prize for Drawing
1986 - Highgate Gallery1987 - Two Tours of the Middle East, Agnews, London1990 - New Grafton Gallery1993 - The Queen's Grandchildren, The National Portrait Gallery1994 - Selected Works, National Trust's Foundation for Art, Mompesson House, Salisbury1997 - Yeoman's Yemen: The British Council Exhibition, National Art Centre, Sana'a, Yemen (the works exhibited illustrated Tim Mackintosh-Smith's book, Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land published by John Murray, London)1997 - Yeoman's Yemen: John Martin, London2000 - Paintings in the Holy Land, Alan Kluckow Fine Art2002 - Hindustan to Malabar, Offer Waterman and Co, London2003 - Summerleaze Gallery2004 - India, Indar Pasricha Fine Arts, London 2004 - Oil Paintings Pastels Drawings, Petley Fine Art2005 - No Photography Allowed, Petley Fine Art, London2016 - An Exhibition of work by Martin Yeoman, The Table, Hay-on-Wye
1976-77 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition1979-90 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition1981 - Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award, The National Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery1985 - Imperial Tobacco Portrait Award, The National Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, Six Young Artists, Agnews, London1987 - Four Painters, New Grafton Gallery, The Long Perspective, The National Trust Exhibition, Agnews, London1988 - A Personal Choice, King's Lynn, Norfolk1989 - Salute to Turner, The National Trust Exhibition, Agnews, London1992 - National Portrait Gallery1992-93 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition1996-2004 - Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London1996 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors, 27 Cork St, London1998, Princes as Patrons, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Travels with the Prince, Hampton Court Palace2004 - Royal Academy Summer Show2004 - Petley Fine Art, London2005 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition2006 - Royal Academy Summer Exhibition2009 - 'Painting from Life'. A three man show at Frost and Reed, London2009 - The Royal Society Portrait Painters Exhibition2009 - Two Man Show, Jorgensen Fine Art2016 - Face 2016, La Galleria, London2016 - New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London2016 - BP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London