Martine studied Art and Design and Applied Arts at Queens Road School of Art and Design, Bristol before completing an MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at the University of the West of England. She has been a member of Spike Print Studio in Bristol since 2000.
Martine has exhibited frequently in the Bristol and Bath area and in London, and was recently selected for an exhibition in Havana, Cuba representing English printmakers. She is a member of the Bath Society of Artists and in 2013 won the Bath Society of Artists Graphic Prize. Martine’s work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2021 and 2022.
In the last few years I have focused on producing a series of prints exploring tidal landscape, in particular the Severn Estuary. I am drawn to the expansiveness of the estuary, its bleakness and silence and even its forbiddingness. What also defines it is its duality in the sense of its wildness in such close proximity to the Severn crossings and huge industrial sites, and that it is continually in a state of changing identity, of being revealed or concealed by the movement of the tides. The process of cutting away the wood I feel has an affinity to the raw, hewn nature of tidal landscape carved out and pared down by the repeated action of water and wind.
The reduction process is long and requires a long vision, but this allows me to explore my own layers of thought, memory and connectivity with the landscape through building up subtle layers of colour and texture. Although traditional in terms of method and genre, the prints I produce combine both the figurative and the abstract in order to describe a deeply personal response to place and sense of physical and psychological space.
Quercus Gallery exhibitions featuring Martine Baldwin: