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'all artists need a crucible through which their art is formed. The liminal tension in Britiain between tradition and change defines my work '

Martin Kinnear is a British oil painter and writer. His work explores themes of loss, resilience, change and regeneration.

Kinnear creates bodies of work in oil, in words and using places, to tell stories about modern day Britain, and how we have become whom we are.

Artist's Statement 

My work explores themes of loss, resilience, change and regeneration. I document the story of life in modern day Britain, and how we have become whom we are.

I do not work from direct sources, chronologically or topographically; rather my paintings are assemblages of memory and about how it seems to me to live here, now, and in our time. They are orchestrated fragments of our shared cultural experience.

Above all, I am drawn to liminality, the margins between privilege and poverty, industry and nature and the way we make sense of possibility, opportunity and change.

My current project Regeneration documents life in the North of England through my heritage as a working class man and my uneasy relationship with the privileged subtext of Modern British painting, and will be shown at The Bowes from Nov 2020 - Feb 2021.
A crack den near the artist's studio from pictures of modern life and regeneration. Martin Kinnear 2019
Assembly of recalled landscape (Empire Mill). Oil 2019
Assembly of recalled landscape . Oil 2019
Utopia from Regeneration. Oil spray and dry media 36x20" 2019. This brutalist centrepiece of Nelson, Lancs, has since been demolished. I feel compelled to create a record of and bear witness to our post industrial British landscapes.
Homes fit for heroes. Oil, spray and dry media on photographic print 36x20" 2019 from Regeneration
Various Oils in the studio 2019
Kinnear near his studio on an abandoned American airbase in the flat lands of East Anglia. To understand the Britain of today we have to engage with our past.
Painting Britain from memory. The fall of the Tees. Oil 48x36"