'all artists need a crucible through which their art is formed. The 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. His current project Regeneration documents life in the North of England through the artist's relationship to the tradition of British landscape painting.
Like many British artists of the past his work is more than a visual record into life here in Britain. Kinnear doesn't paint simply what he sees. He paints from memory of how it seemed to him to live here, now, and in our time.
I use words and poetry to distill memories of what I see and experience; they become cyphers for my paintings.
In the liminal space between words and images I aim to reconcile my experience of British life, with the British painting tradition I love, and of a country in the grip of change..