Martin Swan – VPRSMA

Born 1951 Newport, Isle of Wight.

BA Philosophy 1979

Originally known as a landscape painter working in watercolour, Martin now has an established reputation as a marine artist, working mainly in oils.

In 2005 he was elected a member of The Royal Society of Marine Artists, with whom he exhibits regularly at the Mall Galleries in London, and other venues around the UK.

Martin enjoys a range of painting styles. Originally a landscape painter, he moved into marine painting attracted by the abstract qualities of boats, quaysides etc – the shapes, lines angles and colours – before settling on a more figurative approach.

At present, as well as boat portraiture, with an emphasis on detail, Martin likes to paint large, panoramic seas and skies with boats as incidental objects, which expresses the majesty of nature and the humble place of man within it.