Martyn Brewster ARE

Martyn Brewster ARE

Next exhibition:

The Life that Springs: Martyn Brewster prints

25 March – 13 May 2023


At 70, Martyn Brewster’s paintings are as vital, various and eloquent as ever.

In autumn 2022, we were delighted to celebrate Martyn’s 70th birthday with a solo show of his dazzling paintings and drawings. Martyn Brewster is an artist gifted not only with technical ability for painting, drawing and printmaking, but also with a firm intellectual and emotional grasp of what he wants to say. His serious approach has been rewarded by commercial success from the start. His work is in an impressive list of national and international collections and has been exhibited widely and regularly.

The work itself is celebratory, inspired often by the beautiful Dorset coastline. Pen and ink drawings loosely describe the landscape in dazzling tonal works. His prints are ambitious and experimental. His paintings express depth and mystery in structured areas of colour. His love for paint itself is evident in the marks and the paint surfaces as well as a natural ebullience in the colours he chooses.

To quote Professor Simon Olding in his monograph on the life and work of Martyn Brewster published by Scolar Press to accompany a touring retrospective exhibition in 1997:

‘If he is compelled to paint from nature, or driven by emotional circumstances to produce works of often passionate beauty using the force of abstract colour as a guiding principle, then it has proved to be a life’s work of commanding strength and integrity.’

Any enquiries please call us on 01308 459511 or email

Martyn Brewster’s paintings are shown below. We are very pleased to continue to represent Martyn between exhibitions. We hold some of the work shown below in stock, others are not far away in Martyn’s Dorset studio, and we can arrange viewings in the gallery by appointment. Please email if you would like to buy or view a painting. We are happy to ship paintings. Carriage is charged at cost.

View Martyn Brewster’s Prints and Drawings

Martyn has lived near the cliffs and beaches of Southbourne in Dorset for thirty years inspired by the natural landscape, the sea and the light as well as by colour and by the paint itself.

Martyn Brewster was born in Oxford in 1952. He studied Art and Design in Hertfordshire and Fine Art (Painting) in Brighton followed by a Postgraduate diploma in Printmaking. He has been working as a professional artist ever since with regular solo shows in museums and galleries in London and throughout the UK as well as exhibitions in USA, Canada and throughout Europe. He has won numerous awards and his work is in private, public and corporate collections worldwide including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum (see cv below). He has recently been elected Associate Member of the RE, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. In London he is represented by the Portland Gallery, in New York by Waterhouse & Dodd and in the West Country by Sladers Yard.

Martyn Brewster in his studio. photograph by Hattie Miles

Please contact the gallery on t: 01308 459511 with any enquiries about Martyn Brewster’s paintings, drawings or prints.


British (born 1952)

1970-71         Hertfordshire College of Art and Design

1971-74         Brighton Polytechnic, BA Fine Art (Painting): first class honours 

1974-75         Brighton Polytechnic, Postgrad Printmaking Diploma: distinction 

2022               Elected Associate Member of the RE, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

Selected solo exhibitions:

1977   Hertfordshire College of Art (two person)

Watford Central Library Gallery, Hertfordshire

1978   Christy’s Art Gallery, Brighton

1982   Harlow Playhouse Gallery, Essex

            Hornsey Library Gallery, London 

1983   Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery 

            Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery 

1984   Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk 

            London College of Furniture 

1985   Brighton Polytechnic (two person) 

            Wilmer Cutler and Pickering Law Associates, London 

1986   Minories Art Gallery, Essex

            Warwick Arts Trust, London

            Winchester Gallery (touring exhibition)

1987   Woodlands Art Gallery, London

1988   ‘Shadows and Light’ Thumb Gallery, London 

            Bede Gallery, Jarrow

1989   Thumb Gallery, London (two person)

1990   ‘Light Falls’ Thumb Gallery, London

1992   Jill George Gallery, London

1993   Upstairs Gallery, Upton Country Park, Dorset 

            Pallant House Gallery, West Chichester 

            Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Dorset

On Line Gallery, Southampton

‘New Works on Paper’ Jill George Gallery, London

1994   Contema Trichting, The Netherlands 

            Dorset County Museum, Dorchester 

            Jill George Gallery, London

1995   ‘Monoprints from Lowick’ Jill George Gallery, London

1996   On Line Gallery, Southampton

‘Beauty and Sadness’ Jill George Gallery, London

1997   Coram Gallery, London 

1997   Russell-Cotes Gallery and Museum, Dorset

            Bournemouth (touring exhibition)

            ‘Monoprints from Lowick House’ Jill George Gallery, London

1998   Quay Art Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight 

            Pallant House Gallery, West Chichester 

            On Line Gallery, Southampton

‘Night Music’ Jill George Gallery, London

1999   Brighton University Art Gallery 

            ‘Monoprints’ Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

            Brighton Museum and Art Gallery 

‘Monoprints’ Jill George Gallery, London

2000   Arts Institute at Bournemouth 

            Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University

‘Nature Paintings’ Jill George Gallery, London

2001   Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

            University of Winchester

‘Monoprints’ Jill George Gallery, London

2002   ‘The Headland Series’ Jill George Gallery, London

2003   ‘Monoprints and Drawings’ Jill George Gallery, London

2004   The Study Gallery, Poole, Dorset

            Keller & Greene Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

‘Heart Song’ Jill George Gallery, London

2005   ‘Monoprints’ Jill George Gallery, London

2006   Bettles Gallery, Hampshire 

            Dorset Arts Weeks, Bournemouth 

‘Landscape Paintings’ Jill George Gallery, London

2008   ‘Monoprints’ (to accompany launch of book Martyn Brewster – Prints 1975-2007) Jill George Gallery, London

2009   Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire 

Jill George Gallery, London

Bournemouth University 

2011   The Arthouse Gallery, Dorset

2012   ‘Coastal Light’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London

2014   ‘Night Poetry’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London

2016   ‘Martyn Brewster: Ocean Light Seascapes 1990 – 2015,’ Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

            ‘Recent paintings and drawings’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London

2017   ‘Coastal Light’ Sladers Yard, Dorset

‘Monoprints 1990-2010’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London online

2018   ‘Shadows and Light’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London 

‘Nocturnes’ TheGallery, Arts University of Bournemouth

2019   ‘Park Paintings’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London

2020   ‘Light and Harmony’ Waterhouse & Dodd, New York

2022   ‘Recent work’ Portland Gallery, London

   Martyn Brewster at 70 ‘Coast Lines’ Sladers Yard, Dorset

Selected Art Fairs:

1987-91         International Art Fair, Los Angeles

1989-2022     London Art Fair, Islington 

1991               Atlanta ’91, Atlanta

1992               ARCO ’92 Madrid 

1993               Art Chicago, Chicago 

1995               FIAC, Paris

1996-98, 2007 Glasgow Art Fair, Scotland 

1997               Contemporary Print Fair, London

1997-2008     20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London

1999               Santa Fe Art Fair, Santa Fe

2002-04         Art Palm Beach, Florida (Also 2013, 2019, 2020, 2021)

2003-05         Art London, Chelsea

2003-11         Art Chicago, Chicago 

2006               Art Madrid, Madrid

2012               Abu Dhabi Art

2013, 2021    Art Wynwood, Miami

Selected public and corporate collections:

Arts Institute, Bournemouth, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Bede Gallery, Jarrow, BMW (UK), Bournemouth University, Dorset, British Museum, London, BUPA, Brighton Polytechnic, Cable and Wireless plc, Cambridge Institute of Education, Capital Initiatives, Central Japan Railway Co, Japan, Christiana Bank, London, Dell Computers, Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, East Hertfordshire College, Chestnut, Edwin Young Trust, Salisbury Museum, Emory University, USA, Epping Forest District Council, First Interstate Bank of California, Gartmore Investment Management, IBM (UK), Kirkless Borough Council, Huddersfield Art Gallery, Land Securities, Lloyds TSB, Logica Ltd, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, London Business School, London College of Furniture, Lowick House Print Workshop, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, Mezzanine Management , Midland Bank plc, NW Securities Bank, Paintings in Hospitals, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Peterborough Art Gallery, PIC Europe, Poole Museums Service, Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight, RNLI, Royal West of England Academy, Robert Horne and Co Ltd, Russell-Cotes Arts Gallery and Museum, Standard Life, Schroder Investment, London, St Thomas’ Hospital, Sony Corporation, Sumitomo Bank, London, The Economist, The Hepworth Wakefield, The Open University, Tolman Cunard, Unilever plc, Victoria and Albert Museum, Vistakon, Ireland, Warwick Arts Trust, Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, Wiltshire County Council, Winchester Health Authority, Winchester School of Art.


1997: Publication of monograph of life and work of Martyn Brewster to accompany travelling retrospective and exhibition by Simon Olding, Foreword by Mel Gooding. Published by Scolar Press

2001: Re-inventing the Landscape – Contemporary painters in Dorset by Vivienne Light. Published by Canterton Books.

2008: Publication of Martyn Brewster – Prints 1975 – 2007 by Vivienne Light and Simon Olding. Published by Canterton Books. 

Selected Awards:

1991   British Council Award to exhibit in USA

1995   Art Council, England, Development Grant

1996   The Robert Horne Printmaking Award

1997   The Printmaking Residency, Lowick House Print Workshop, Cumbria

1999   Research and Scholarship Award, Arts University, Bournemouth

Selected group exhibitions 

1974   Stowells Trophy, Mall Galleries, London

1975   Oxford University Press, London

Brighton Printmakers, Gardner Art Centre Sussex

1983   Royal Festival Hall, London

1984   Warwick Arts Trust, London (Also 1986, 1988) 

1985   Angela Flowers Gallery, London (Also 1991)

1985   Bede Gallery, Jarrow (Also 1989)

1986   Peterborough City Art Gallery – Visual Hire Scheme Tour 

1987   Thumb Gallery, London (Also 1989, 1990)

            369 Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 

1988   ‘Romantic Visions’ Camden Arts Centre, London

            London Group, 75th Anniversary Exhibition 

1989   ‘Critics’ Choice’ Air Gallery, London         

1990   ‘London to Atlanta’ Atlanta, USA (Thumb Gallery)

1991   Decouvertes, Paris, France (Jill George Gallery)

1992   ‘London to LA’ Venice, USA (Jill George Gallery)

1994   CAS Market, London (also 1996)

1996   Gallery Ellison Marshall, Bordeaux

1997   British International Miniature Print Exhibition (Also 1998)

            Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

2001   Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Canada (two person)

2002   Bettles Gallery, Hampshire (Also 2006)

2003   New Gallery, Birmingham

2004   Dorset Painters, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Dorset

            Red House Museum and Art Gallery, Christchurch, Dorset 

2005   Print Studio Co-ordinates, Sherborne House, Dorset 

2006   The Drawing Gallery, London

Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon

2009   V&A Museum, London

2010   Drawing Gallery, Shropshire

2011   Belgrave Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall

            Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, Wiltshire

2012   ‘The Original Print Show’ Waterhouse & Dodd, London

2017 – 2022 Sladers Yard, Dorset

2022   Group 7, North Wall Art Centre, Oxford

Any enquiries, please call 01308 459511 or email

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