July 20, 2017
New exhibition in CBC starts 27th July: Martin Grover
Just one more week to enjoy the fantastic skills of Marie Lenclos at CBC, before a new exhibition will take place by painter and screen printer Martin Grover.
Martin will be hosting an open evening on Friday 18th August, 7-9pm, where you can see and buy even more of his artwork. All welcome, free glass of fizz on arrival.
Paintings and screen prints at Copper Beech Cafe
28th July-29th August 2018
Since studying at Croydon College, Trent Polytechnic and the Royal Academy Schools sometime last century, Martin has painted continuously and exhibited extensively.
A love of collecting old 45’s led him to embark on a series of record portraits in 2002. The songs and artists may be the main attraction but the graphics, design, ageing, personalization and ephemeral nature of the paper record sleeves themselves, are of equal fascination to Martin. Life sized or skilfully enlarged, they are lovingly detailed. A nostalgic celebration and a lament, they provide a poignant reminder of a golden age that continues to resonate.
Martin is also an enthusiastic screen printer. He paints directly on to the screen, eschewing photographic techniques or digital processes, he creates richly layered prints capturing local cityscapes of Brixton and West Norwood and beyond as well as more haunting pieces based on anecdotes, poems and songs. Other prints such as ‘South London Procrastination Club’ or ‘Panic and Give Up’ reveal a wry humour.
A series of personalised bus stops, ‘Life in the Bus Lane’ are realised as screen prints and sculptures. At first glance these are just replica bus stops, realistic and familiar but closer inspection reveals dark and humorous destinations, places of aspiration and others of dread. A slightly melancholic, snakes and ladders view of life laid out on an iconic London bus stop.