Lot 220 - Martin Greenland - Cordoba of the Mind (Sunrise)
Oil on Paper
A6 (10X15CM) ORIGINAL ARTWORK
SIGNED ON VERSO
Martin Greenland is an unintentional Cumbrian, this being the county in which his parents were resident in 1985, the year he graduated with first class honours in Fine Art (Painting) from Exeter College of Art. Only intending to stay a short while and always intending to return to Devon, he remained and has been a resident of Cumbria for 36 years.
Greenland is also an unintentional landscape painter, never wanting to ‘end up’ in this unfashionable end of the art world but a hereditary family trait of championing the underdog has led him to focus diligently and faithfully on this most honest of subjects. The influences of his long adopted home county have also very gradually come to influence his work. Always a northerner (Yorkshire by birth) but never necessarily ‘proud’ of the fact, he now has come to love the north and love landscape, that thing which surrounds us all, wherever it is.
There is never any grand plan in his work. Themes come and go but he always works on what feels right or is utmost in his mind at the time. This deliberate lack of planning comes from knowing that what is planned will inevitably change anyway. More frequently, a canvas will be taken and work will start without any idea of what is going to happen. This makes painting always a surprise.
His work is always totally invented and this has become an increasingly important concept in his painting. As well as being able to be much more in the nature of a composer, to be able to add or subtract at will and delighting at being able to exercise and challenge his skill as a painter in creating illusions of ‘new’ landscapes, it has become increasingly obvious to Greenland that this challenge to invent is not about showing off skill but is a test to him of his knowledge of the workings of the world. This actual dedication to truth keeps his work away from fantasy, until the time comes to tease or to jolt the viewer. For this reason there has always been a surreal element here though today even this is being played down until it is almost unnoticeable. The need for scientific truth is almost one hundred percent important in his work.
Greenland has exhibited his work in Cumbria and other parts on the U.K. regularly since the 1980’s, currently by The Portland Gallery in London, The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, The John Davies Gallery in Moreton-in-Marsh and Castlegate House in Cockermouth. He was represented in the John Moores Exhibition of Contemporary Painting, held biennially in Liverpool, for four consecutive times from 1989 to 1995, and in 2006 (John Moores 24) he was awarded the £25,000 First Prize for his painting ‘Before Vermeer’s Clouds’, which is now a part of the permanent collection there. His work is held in collections worldwide.
B.A. Hons. (1st) Fine Art (Painting) Exeter College of Art, 1985
2019 Miniature, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Prized, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
Unpicturesque, Heaton Cooper Archive Gallery, Grasmere
2018 John Moores UK & China Prizewinners Show, Corke Art Gallery, Liverpool
Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay, Fife
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey
2017 Beaux Arts, Bath
2014 Beaux Arts, Bath
2013 Mixed exhibition, Corke Art Gallery, Liverpool
Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Dutch Italianates, Mall Galleries, London
GBS Fine Art, London Art Fair, Islington, London
2011 i know a place, Flowers East, London
Charter of the Forest, Usher Art Gallery and Collection, Lincoln
12, Art Gallery at Rheged Exhibition Space, Cumbria
Flashback, 25 Years Anniversary Exhibition, Art Space Gallery, London
2010 Places of the Mind, Art Space Gallery, London
Layers, John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize Show, Seongnam, South Korea
2006 FIRST PRIZE WINNER John Moores 24, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2000 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London. PRIZE WINNER
1998 (to present) The Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition, Grasmere
1997 Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
1995 - 96 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 19. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1993 - 94 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 18. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
1991 - 92 John Moores, Liverpool Exhibition 17. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1989 - 90 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 16. Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
1987 Abbot Hall, Kendal
1985 - 86 Whitworth Young Contemporaries, Manchester.
2017 New Work, Beaux Arts, Bath
2016 I am (not) Making This Up, Corke Gallery, Liverpool
2016 New Paintings, Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria
2015 New Paintings, Beaux Arts, Bath
2015 ONE TO ONE, The Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston, Cumbria
2014 Second Novels, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery, Carlisle
2012 Inventions and Re-inventions, Corke Art Gallery, Liverpool
2011 Uncharted Land, Art Space Gallery, London
2010 New Fiction, Cornerstone Gallery, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool
2009 Arrangements of Memory, Art Space Gallery, Islington, London
• 2014 North of England Regional Prize winner, Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
• 2006 FIRST PRIZE WINNER of the John Moores, 24 – Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.
• 2003 Commissioned to produce a painting of the newly re-built Paternoster Square, next to St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, which was presented to The Lord Mayor of London, and which now hangs in The Mansion House.
• 2000 GCI Financial Purchase Prize at Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London.
PORTLAND GALLERY, London, SCOTTISH GALLERY, Edinburgh, CASTLEGATE HOUSE, Cockermouth, Cumbria
STATEMENT ABOUT AOAP SUBMITTED ART
The four submitted works are studies for paintings or possible paintings which incorporate partly remembered and recognisable landscape, in this case the Coniston mountain range in Cumbria, from the south, with completely invented landscape. This invention includes hints of buildings of the Islamic city of Cordoba, transplanted into this northern landscape. I deliberately avoided referring to any actual images of the city, past or present, but wanted to show how the city looks in my mind. Thus the paintings are all titled CORDOBA OF THE MIND, with a time of day to distinguish each one. The essential concept of the idea is of thinking about this once almost perfect, tolerant, progressive, beautiful city and just how the world might have become had the Moors not been driven from Spain by the Christians.