Martin Eldridge, has worked in different media – oil, pastel, watercolour, collage & print making, on a wide variety of subject-matter. These have included landscapes, cityscapes, coastal scenes & riverscapes; increasingly his paintings have included figures, either in an urban context, such as London, or in beach/harbour scenes.
His normal working method is to make drawings ,watercolours & photographs in situ & then to develop & redefine these in the studio. His initial practice as an abstract painter brings a strong sense of design & composition to his figurative work.
After leaving the Royal Academy Schools & London 40 years ago he & his family moved to Shropshire, where they still live. He has painted continuously over that period, initially combined with some part-time art & art history teaching at Adult Colleges & Universities; he now paints full-time.
Training & Scholarships
Newcastle upon Tyne University. B.A. Fine Art [Painting]
Royal Academy Schools Postgraduate Certificate [Painting]
Italian Government Scholarship
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Clarges Gallery, London
Portico Gallery, Manchester
Artifex Gallery, Birmingham
Theatre Hafren, Newtown
Country Works, Montgomery
Selected Group Exhibitions
New Grafton Gallery, London
Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition
Mall Galleries [ Sunday Times watercolour exhibition]
RBSA Gallery Birmingham
Oriel Gallery, Newtown
Millard & Lancaster, Shrewsbury
1st Prize, 3 Counties Open, Keele University
Public /Private Collections : Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Sir Brindsley Ford