The first recipient of Art India Magazine’s Promising Artist Award in 2005, George Martin was born in Kerala in 1973. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvanthapuram in 1998, and his Master’s degree in the same from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, in 2001.
George Martin’s works are a spectral of luscious colour. He paints a magical view of the world around us, which appears to be spinning at a dizzying speed. His acrylic abstractions exuberate copious amounts of energy and are an ultimate representation of modern urban life. There are no limitations to colour or form in Martin’s visual extravaganza in a single canvas he is able to merge multiple cultures. However, when viewed more carefully, Martin’s densely populated compositions resonate the transitory and disunited true nature of our world.
Martin’s most recent solo shows include ‘Cavities’ at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2008 ‘Lost Article’ at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, in 2007 and ‘Footloose of Blue Pencil’ at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006. The artist has also participated in a number of group shows, the most recent being, ‘From Surface to Origin: Journeys Through Recent Art From India and Thailand’ at Gallery Soulflower, Bangkok, in 2008 ‘Shifting Terrains Altered Realities’ at the Shrine Gallery and Empire Art, New Delhi, in 2008 ‘Images/Urban/Neon’ at 1 x 1 Art Gallery, Dubai, in 2007 and ‘Encode- Decode’ at Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2006. Besides the Promising Artist Award, Martin also won the Kashi Visual Art Award in 2005.