My work is primarily about form. I search for the personality of my subjects by working and reworking the structure until I arrive at a suitable synthesis, which is not immediately apparent at the outset.
I paint in oils and draw mainly in charcoal. This allows me the maximum flexibility to rework the image continually. I love texture and colour. I work on multiple images at a time, from drawings and photographs. This combination gives me the best starting point for my imagery.
My approach to commissions is as follows: For portraits, I work with the sitter(s) in their own environment. I draw from life and take photographs for reference. I work the images up in my studio. I like a minimum of one month’s notice on average. Other commissions are dependent on their nature.
1959 Born in Harrow, Middlesex
1980-1983 Studied Illustration at Harrow School of Art (now University of Westminster)
1983- Taught Portraiture, Life Drawing & Painting, Harrow Arts Centre
1995-1996 Drawing Lecturer, University of Westminster
2001/02/04 Drawing Workshops, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2004 Filmed ‘Star Portraits’ for the British Broadcasting Corporation
2006 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists
2006 Moved to the South of France
Commended, ‘BP Portrait Award’
2008 Martyn Baldwin Recent Paintings, St Rémy de Provence, France
2006 ‘Mystery Postcards’, National Portrait Gallery, London
2005 ‘Star Portraits’, touring Gateshead, Belfast, London, Leicester
2004 ‘Star Portraits’, New Arts Gallery, Walsall
2000/01/02/03 Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1996 ‘BP Portrait Award’, National Portrait Gallery, London
1996 ‘ING Discerning Eye’, Mall Galleries, London
1993/94 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Painted Charlie Dimmock in ‘Star Portraits’, BBC, DVD