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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 5 - 29, 2006
London, England / Online

Adonis Art
presents:
Pools
Paintings by Martin Ireland


Painting by Martin Ireland

Preview Tuesday, September 5, 6.30 - 8.30 PM

On-Line Gallery Available

Martin has been painting for many years, specializing in watercolour techniques and using the male figure as a motif. "I paint figures because each one is different and in water they seem to defy gravity. I first came across Henry Scott Tuke in an old second hand book, which lead me to Eakins and then to the prints and pools series by David Hockney for their connection with painting the figure in or around water".

Martin graduated in printmaking at Camberwell School of Art in 1989 after a degree in Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art. He has experienced all sorts of activities to support himself whilst pursuing a career as an artist including cycle courier, artist’s model, decorator and supporting actor in film and television. He currently teaches and demonstrates drawing and painting techniques for art groups and colleges in the UK.

"Water both reflects and absorbs light. The colours below and on the surface fascinate me and the challenge of painting is selecting how this changes as a figure passes through it. Light, colour and figures are all competing with each other at the same time. The possibilities are endless, the variations of colour and the break up of recognizable objects defies anatomical common sense and provokes us to look again. The distortions that occur with movement can be quite amusing. Swimmers in water contain movement that provides me with compositions that challenge and inspire. My art invites to take the plunge!"

Martin has exhibited to an admiring audience as far-reaching as Singapore and has been a regular at Open House events in London for several years. He finds that showing in domestic settings helps potential buyers relate to paintings in a 'lived in' environment. His works are ‘permanently on display’ in Battersea/London.

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“I almost never draw a completely naked man. He has to have at least a pair of boots or something on. To me, a fully dressed man is more erotic than a naked one. A naked man is, of course beautiful, but dress him in black leather or a uniform — ah, then he is more than beautiful, then he is sexy!”
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