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Martin Grover : Motown Magic



"Music has played an important part in my life both - growing up, and as an artist. The paintings of old 7” singles have narrative and romantic thread. Collecting LP’s and singles from an early age, it felt natural to start painting some of these old records as still life. Enlarging them to over a metre square, they become intense, capturing that larger than life feeling, the nostalgia that certain songs and labels can trigger. The paintings are as much about the worn and dog-eared sleeves and graphic design, as they are about the actual records rescued from dusty collections and second hand shop obscurity.  These paintings are both by way of celebration and lament - poignant reminders of ephemera from a golden age."  Martin Grover.

Grover is a consummate realist artist, who by contrast creates paintings that are whimsical and nostalgic.  Much of his work explores narrative of day-to-day life in South London from local shopkeepers and their wares, to scenes from urban parks.  There is a quirkiness and storybook element to the style of his compositions that goes beyond the narrative, but this exhibition is an unabashed celebration of his vinyl paintings - Motown classics from the seventies such as Marvin Gaye’s iconic ‘What’s Going On’ and Yvonne Fair’s unforgettable ‘It Should Have Been Me ‘. In contrast to the tattered paper sleeves that Martin Grover paints meticulously, these paintings have the ‘cool’ and electric colour of Pop Art appeal and take us back to the 'treasures' of a 70’s music scene now owned by a younger generation.  

Martin Grover trained with a BA Hons in Fine Art in Nottingham and MA at The Royal Academy Schools. He has over the years exhibited widely.  His work is in international collections and has been awarded many prizes such as The John Moores Exhibitions. He has exhibited in The Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. 

Curated by Saff Williams & Jenny Blyth

RSVP for private view, 19th October 7-10pm,

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm / Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm