The Artist

Martin Evans lives and works in Carlisle, Cumbria and studied Graphic Design at Cumbria Institute of the Arts where he developed his eye for colour and composition. A self-taught painter and mural artist, it is the pure joy of painting and expression that drives his process. Cumbria has some of the most spectacular landscapes in the UK, and he is constantly inspired by this subject matter. Martin’s work has been exhibited in Cumbria with Proseed, StArt, CCA and EVAN, while he has also worked with major charities and organisations such as Tullie Museum & Art Gallery, Prism Arts & Blank Wall Assassins. More widely he has been selected for the prestigious 2020 and 2023 Discerning Eye Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries London, long listed for the 2022 and 2023 Jacksons Painting Prize and is exhibiting at the 2024 Venice Biennale with the Proseed collective. His work can currently be seen at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Ambleside and Gallery North West in Brampton.

"The main theme running through my landscapes is the exploration of paint and colour to capture the atmosphere of a place and time. My inspiration comes from the changing seasons or changing light, and my focus is on capturing a contemporary impression not an exact representation. I like my work to have immediacy and energy; spray paint drips and brush marks are often incorporated. The tools I use such as large brushes, spray paints and rollers allow for an expressive style. I also explore scale within my work and how my techniques can transfer with my largest painting being an 80 m2 ceiling mural, and my smallest pieces 20 cm x 20 cm.

Passionate about promoting art as being accessible to all ages and abilities through expressive painting, I have worked as a freelance artist on commissions & workshops with Prism Arts, Allerdale Council and Tullie Museum & Art Gallery amongst others. With a keen eye on sustainability, I use a carbon neutral print company, re-cycle & reuse studio materials, and have previously worked with the Carlisle based charity The Rebuild Site (who repurpose old building materials) to source project materials.

If you would like any more information about Martins work, or to discuss a commission, please contact the artist directly.

Email [email protected]. Links to Facebook and Instagram pages can be found on the homepage, and there is also a contact form available.

Painting at Willowbeck Lodge

Aira Force mural, Carlisle.

In the studio.