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Welcome to the website of artist Martin Davey.

Here you can see a number of fine art paintings of different subjects from landscapes to buildings, animals and birds through to transport. Most of the paintings displayed are created in oil, while a few are painted in acrylics, on to canvas. The artwork has a realistic flavour, as he likes to depict things as they are, but through the bristles of a brush. In particular the artist likes to depict the textures on surfaces, and the way light illuminates them. Martin likes to use perspective in his fine art, and tries to create interesting and sometimes unusual compositions. He enjoys creating paintings of ordinary things and locations as there are enough inspirational subjects to be seen everyday. He is based on the south coast, UK.

Martin has worked as a artist in visual media for most of his life, in TV and film, using both computer and organic media to create art. He only took up traditional picture painting in 2010. His digital art painting illustration work can be seen here.

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beach_boat_under_cover acrylic painting

Art for Sale

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A selected number of paintings are available for sale direct from the artist. Please go to the sale pages on this site for the listings. 

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Martin is available for painting commissions. Any subject is undertaken with the utmost care. The paintings can be delivered framed or unframed, for your own choice of frame. Please enquire for details.
M P Davey South West Trains artwork
A painting commissioned for use on South West Trains as part of the #ArtOnBoard 2016 promotional campaign. More details here.

Artwork Creation

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For his oil and acrylic paintings, Martin often uses photographs as a starting point. These are then put in to photoshop, a major picture editing program where he will recompose the image by altering the composition and removing, or adding elements. This will help to rebalance the image, and remove anything distracting. The picture may be heavily cropped, or added to around the outside. The colours may be regraded and sometimes replace the sky with a more interesting one. Sometimes an element may be redrawn. The intention is to get to a single image which works well as a (rough) photograph, and that the artist thinks will look interesting when it is reinterpreted through a brush and paint.

From this the next stage is to place a grid over the image on the computer. This is done to aid Martin when he sizes up the image to transfer it to a larger sized image on a final artwork canvas. A canvas is prepared by painting it with a brown, acrylic wash as a white surface is to 'blinding' to begin with. Then a grid that corresponds to the small grid on the photo is created on the canvas in pencil, and he will redraw the image carefully in brown acrylic on the canvas, taking great care and using the grid reference as a guide. When complete the pencil grid is then erased from the artwork canvas

The next stage is to add some basic under painting to this drawn canvas image by painting in the tonal qualities for darker subjects in the proposed painting, again as an acrylic wash. Acrylics dry fast, unlike oil paint, so it is a good medium for preparing the artwork in the early stages of a painting.

Then it is time for some colour! Using acrylics the artist places colour base washes in to the image, still allowing the brown 'base' to show through. The painting will now begin to start to come alive. Once these base colour washes are in place an important decision has to be made. From this point on the artist could continue to paint the artwork in acrylics to a finished painting, each layer of paint applied becoming thicker and brighter in tone ( the darker areas having less paint). Or the artwork could be painted in oils, again painting thicker and dark to light as it is known. The decision of painting the artwork in acrylics or oil depends on the subject matter and time constraints. Acrylic paint dries in a few minutes so a painting can be completed in a day or two. An oil painting takes time to dry between each layer of paint, so it can take several weeks to arrive at a finished state. Fine detail is sometimes done better in acrylics, but a smooth, large sky works better painted in oils!


Earlier it was mentioned that a computer is sometimes used in the creation of 'traditional' painted artwork. In the case of Martin's painting, 'Titanic wreck: save our souls', it is not possible to take a photo as a start on the image. He did lots of research on the subject and drew a picture of the Titanic, as accurately as he could, directly on the computer. Following this the artist then did a 'mock up' digital art painting of the scene. Martin went through several possibilities as to how the darkness should balance to the light beam, and how much of the Titanic should be seen. This then made creating the final artwork, as an oil painting for exhibition, a fairly easily task as the important decisions had been made. He was then able to concentrate on the painting the subjects themselves, which were technically complex but needed to be accurate. 

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