Kenneth Martin was a 20th century, British artist, known for his drawings, paintings, sculptures and prints. Martin is associated with British Constructivism, a movement which was revived in the 1940s. Martin’s work can also be described as Geometric abstraction and Minimalist.
Chance and Order V. Screenprint. 1971-72. Tate
Chance and Order IV. Screenprint. 1971-72. Tate
Martin began his studies in his hometown at Sheffield School of Art before earning a scholarship to attend the Royal College of Art in London. In London, Martin was able to build a career, first exhibiting with London Group, before having solo exhibitions.
Chance and Order VI. 1976. Screenprint. Tate
Martin’s work was highly influenced by his background in design, paired with his more gradual interest in abstraction. While Martin began as a painter, his style was perfectly suited for printmaking. In the 1970s Martin released multiple screenprint series, including Chance and Order and Rotation Frankfurt.
Martin usually applied Roman numerals to his print titles to distinguish his prints.
Chance and Order I. 1971-72. Screenprint. Tate
Rotation Frankfurt III. 1977. Screenprint
While his paintings are harder to come by, a large variety of his prints continue to sell at auctions and galleries. A large collection of Martin’s work is owned by the Tate Museum in London.