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Carshalton Beeches, Surrey, UK, 1962 -
British painter, Martin Grover holds a Master in Arts from The Royal Academy Schools, London (1984-7). He received his initial training at the Trent Polytechnic and at Croydon Art School.
A selection of Martins's SOLO EXHIBITIONS held over the past 10 years, is as follows:
False Good Bloke Syndrome', Battersea Library; Merz Gallery, London; Freds Gallery, Soho, London; Crypt Gallery, London; Villa Gallery, London; 'Blind- stitched Hems and Hand-sewn Corners', Stood Library, Kent; Association of Newham Artists Gallery, London.
Recent GROUP SHOWS include: RA Summer Exhibition (1997, 1995 and 1991).
1994: 'The Art Show', Alexandra Palace; Inaugural Exhibition, Burlington New Gallery; Contemporary Art, Oirschot, Holland; Hunting Prizes Exhibition, RCA, London; Contemporary Art Fair (Huyse Den Salck, Holland; Hunting/Observer Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
1992 and 1991: South Bank Picture Show, Royal Festival Hall; Acre Lane Open Studios, London; Chappell Galleries Christmas Show; Conway Hall, London; Contemporary Art Fair, Gent, Belgium; 'Made In England', Contemporary Art, Holland; John Moores 17 Exhibition, Liverpool.
Martin was the PRIZE WINNER at the John Moore's 19th Exhibition, Walker Gallery of Art (1994).
IN THE WORDS OF THE ARTIST:
"It may have happened, it may not have happened, but it could have happened" is a good summary of my work. The paintings are narratives inspired by various events either observed experienced or imagined - articles in newspapers, short stories, poems and proverbs. I want the paintings to work on different levels and to be slightly ambiguous - on the one hand they can be seen as faintly quirky and a bit folky, while at the same time they might reveal a more melancholic, menacing or intriguing nature".