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Bonehill granite,watercolour and ink on gesso, 2017

Martyn Brown

Making art is an enduring passion in my life; one of my earliest memories and a continual process of challenge and discovery, frustration and absorption. I work in different media - pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolour and oil and experiment with print making and frottage. Recurring themes in my work are memories, significant places and people - traces and marks left behind, either in reality (frottage) or in my head.

The challenge of representation expressed through strokes of a brush fascinates me, alongside the disintegration of the image in close up. The images I select start with my personal and visual response often to daily life - and sometimes initially captured in my diary/sketchbooks; friends, family, the garden, Dartmoor and the sea feature strongly.

Recent work has focused on Dartmoor stone - individual stones from particular places, walls, tors.

I am interested in collaborative work with other artists and in community creative projects - I have organised The Big Draw events, mail art programmes and numerous exhibitions both of my own work and that of other artists. Recent projects have included co-curating an exhibition of the work of Joyce Dennys and presenting her work as prints on deckchairs for Fairlynch Museum and Arts Centre.

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