About Marie-Louise Martin
Marie-Louise divides her time between Dublin and Radicondoli, a small Italian hilltop town, immersed in the surrounding Italian landscape seemingly untouched by 21st century.
“My work is strongly influenced by both the landscape of Italy and its cultural references. I am interested in the patterns of trees, shadows, fields and how they change through the passage of time.
Lately I have returned to a subject I worked with many years ago, using early Florentine portraits as a starting point, but now with modern day models. Some of the prints are surrounded by embossed “frames”. In the “Dream” series, these landscapes are contained within a woman’s profile; so, in this way combining two themes.
I graduated from NCAD in 1983, in Fine Art, and subsequently joined the Blackchuch Print Studio, where I served as a director for eight years. I established the Airfield print studio, in Dundrum, and I am now an active member of the Graphic Studio.
My work has been included in a number of national and international shows; the United Arts Club, Dublin; the three Royal Academies (RHA, Dublin, RUA, Belfast and Royal Academy, London); the V&A Museum, London (where two pieces are in the permanent collection), La Page 35, Paris, a solo show in La Marais; New York International miniprint exhibition; and importantly for me, as it form the basis of a great deal of my inspiration, Radicondoli, a small hill town in Siena.
I have been awarded three important prizes in my career; one in the RHA, two in the RUA, and last year, I received an ‘Honourable Mention’ in New York.
As a member of the Printmaker’s Council in UK, I am invited to show with them in their very many shows all over UK. The Graphic Studio in Dublin also invite me to show in annual, and ad hoc shows; most recently in the two fundraisers for the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. I have twice taken invited residencies in Cill Rialaig in Kerry.
Important collections containing my work are also national and international:
Dáil Eireann, The Butler Gallery Collection, OPW, Contemporary Irish Arts Society, National Self Portrait Collection, Boyle Civic Collection, BP Europe and Microsoft, and Stormont Castle in Belfast, to name a few Irish connections. As previously mentioned, the V&A, London, and a great many private collections