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Martin Harman

Somerset
British artist based in Bristol UK, creating one-off surreal ceramic sculpture, drawings and paintings.

About Martin 
Hello Welcome!

I am a multimedia artist based in Somerset UK creating ceramic sculpture, painting and NFTs.

Why do I create art? 
Through art, I am able to step back and breathe in the beauty of exploration and self-discovery. Art provides me the freedom to explore my human potential and my desire to keep learning about myself and the world around me.

What inspires me? 
The ancient monument Stonehenge, located not too far away from my studio, serves as a constant source of inspiration. The towering stones beckon me to question the mysteries of, belief, spirituality, time, space, the nature of reality, society and the human experience.
 
What is my Art?
I channel these ideas into my art. The results are unique and quirky, colourful, vibrant with a hint of depth, engineered with attention to detail, a study of the effects of form, colour and light. It is Abstract and Surreal, reflecting the world we inhabit and partly escaping it.
 
When it comes to materials I don’t like to limit myself. For my sculptures I use a verity of clays, vibrant colours and glossy glazes. My paintings uncover an amalgamation newspaper, colourful oozing acrylic paints, reflective varnished surfaces and unconventional household paints. The sky is the limit!

My Mission?
My mission is to create art that can enhance, add value and uniqueness to any space or home. I would like it to transport you to a place of curiosity and imagination.

Feel free to see my artworks at: martinharmanartcom

For a behind the scenes look at what is going on feel free to follow my social media channels @

Instagram: martinharmanart

Facebook: martinharmanart

Twitter: martinharmanart

Youtube: Martin Harman Art TV

 

CV (Made up to 22/9/2022)
Martin Harman

Education
2010-2012  
MA Ceramics, UWIC Cardiff School of Art and Design, UK

2007-2010 
BA, Three Dimensional Design Ceramics, UCA, Farnham, UK  

Solo Exhibitions

Online Virtual Exhibitions 

2022
Curiosity Virtual Gallery (permanent space) curated by Martin Harman at martinharmanart.com
2021  Space and Contemplation, curated by Martin Harman at martinharmanart.com

UK
2019  Crossing Space, Hours, Bristol, UK
2017  Reimagining Stonehenge, Workers Gallery, Porth Wales UK

Group Exhibitions  

Online Virtual Exhibitions 
2021
Opening, curated by Sergio Gomez at sergiogomezcurates.net 

UK & Europe
2022

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells Cathedral, UK

Wiltshire Creative Summer Open Exhibition 2022, Salisbury Arts Center, UK

Faenza Art Ceramic Centre, Italy (Residency) Exhibition

Art for Real First Edition. Boomer Gallery, Tower Bridge London UK

2021
A.I.R. Vallauris Exhibition, Chapelle de la Misericorde, France.
?Bath Society of Artists 116th Annual Open Exhibition, The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
A-Z Online Exhibitions R-Resistance curated by Richard White, 44 AD Artspace, Bath, UK

2020  
Polodango Virtual Art Exhibition, UK
Bone China Symposium, Kaunas Picture Gallery of M. K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum, Lithuania
The art of communication in the commonwealth, 44 AD Artspace, Bath, UK

2019  
Polodango 2019 Art Exhibition, UK.
The London Ultra, Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
Symposium Exhibition at the Kapolna Gallery, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary 
Bath society of artists 114th Annual Open Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
Exhibit Here's Hope Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, UK

2018  
The London Ultra 2018, Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
Group Exhibition at XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Germany.
IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018, National Museum of Slovenia – Metelkova
Drawing Through Clay, Bath Spa University Sion Hill Campus, Bath UK
Sites Unseen, Studio 11, Kingston Upon Hull, UK 
Ways of Seeing, Hours Gallery, Bristol, UK

2017  
Millfield Summer Show 2017, The Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, UK
Summer Open Exhibition Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
Creekside Open, A.P.T Gallery, London, UK

2016  
WAC Wells Art Contemporary, The Bishop's Palace, Wells, UK
Blackwells Art & Poster Shop, Oxford, UK
Breath of Fresh Air, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, UK
Inner Connections, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania.

2015  
East Meets West, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol, UK
Open Ceramics 2015, Sailsbury Arts Centre, UK
CLUJ International Ceramics Biennale, Cluj-Napoca Museum of Art, Romania.
International Triennial of Ceramics UNICUM 2015, National Museum of Slovenia - Metelkova
Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, UK
Transformation, 44AD Artspace, Bath, UK

2014 
30th Annual Open Exhibition??, CGP London, UK
Wells Art Contemporary, Wells and Mendip Museum, UK
Materiality, 44AD Artspace, Bath, UK
Fringe Art Bath Open Prize, UK

2013 
161st Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol, UK
The Competitive Exhibition of the 8th International Biennial of Ceramics presented by the City of Kapfenberg, Cultural Center,  Austria

2012 
53 Degrees North, The New School House Gallery, York, UK 
Great Summer Exhibition, Butetown History & Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Asia & Australia 
2018  
IAC Members Exhibition New Orientalia, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
IAC Members Exhibition-Free Expression, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2016  
ICMEA 2016 Emerging artists competition, International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China
30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Australia
Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
Chun Tao (Spring Ceramics), Mad L Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
The Human Condition, MADL (mixed Art Design Life), Taipei, Taiwan

Fair
2022

Bath Art Fair, Bath, UK

2020

Bath Art Fair, Bath, UK

2016  
Made by Hand, City Hall Cardiff, UK
Top Drawer Craft, Olympia, London, UK

2015 
Ceramic Art York, Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery, UK
The Other Art Fair Arnolfini, Bristol, UK

2014 
Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
 
Awards 
2014 
Bristol First Collective, who purchased his sculpture Juxtaposed at the 161stAnnual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy,Bristol, UK
 
Public Collections

  • Spherical Contrasts 1 – Faenza Art Ceramic Center, Faenza, Italy.
  • Spherical Contrasts 2 and 3 – International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy.
  • The Relics of Vallauris “Relic 2” - Collection of A.I.R Vallauris, France3
  • Ceramic Painting Exploration 1 and 2 and Bubble Stack - Kaunas Picture Gallery of M. K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum) Lithuania
  • The flies eggs, Wax on, Stone effect - International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
  • Escape - The National Museum of Slovenia
  • Circle Cluster and Od-toed Ungulate- Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Sweet Tooth, Honey on the Water and Night as Day - XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild 2018, Germany
  • Solitude - New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
  • QQ  - International Ceramic Art Museum, China
  • Hypnagogia - Cluj Art Museum, Romania 
  • Juxtaposed - Bristol First Collective, Bristol
  • Sunrise - The National Museum of Slovenia

 

Residencies & Symposiums
2022

Faenza Art Ceramic Center, Italy (Residency)

Cove Park, Scotland

2021
A.I.R Vallauris 2021, France. (Residency)

2020
Bone China Symposium, Department of Ceramics and Porcelain of Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius Academy of Arts, with exhibition at Kaunas Picture Gallery of M. K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum, Lithuania. (Invited guest)

2019  
Symposium at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary. (Invited guest) 

2018  
Cross-cultural Identity Through Clay, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. (Residency)
XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Römhild, Germany. (Invited guest) 

2017  
Drawing Through Clay Bundanon Trust, Bundanon, New  South Wales, Australia. (Residency?)

2015  
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark. (Residency)

2009 
Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Incheon, South Korea, ceramic artwork exhibited.

2008 
Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Kenya, ceramic artwork exhibited at the National Museum

Membership


Presentations
2022
Presentation: "Exploring the Potential of a Virtual Gallery" at IAC Congress 2022, Geneve Slwitslaand at the International Conference Centre Geneva

2019  
Presentation: Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

2018  
Presentation: XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Römhild, Germany 

2017  
Presentation and demonstration: National Taiwan University of Arts

2016  
The Relationship between Research and Practice, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan

2015  
The Relationship between Research and Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
 
Publications

2019  
Ceramics Ireland Issue 42 2018 p48, 49 

2016  
International Contemporary Artists Vol Xl, p372

2016 
The World of Interiors, February, Design Report, p148

2013 
Aesthetica-The Art & Culture Magazine, December/January, Issue 50 artists' directory, p141

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