Martyn Brewster was born in 1952, in Oxford. Studied at Hertfordshire and Brighton Colleges of Art, graduating with an MA in 1975.
He has exhibited many of his paintings in solo exhibitions around the United Kingdom over the past thirty-five years and on several occasions, in Europe particularly in the Netherlands.
A study of his life and work by Simon Olding and Mel Gooding was published in 1997. Recently he was included in Re- Inventing the Landscape: Contemporary Painters and Dorset and Fifty Wessex Artists. A major publication Martyn Brewster – Prints 1975- 2007 by Vivienne Light and Simon Olding has been published by Canterton Books.
“My primary concern has always been with painting. I have never ceased to be fascinated and enthralled by the tactile and evocative qualities of paint, oil paint especially. Early on, I developed a particular interest in colour and abstraction, which is the key to my work, coupled with a lyrical and poetic response to both Nature and the medium.
I have always loved the related activities of drawing and printmaking. The drawings represent a more direct response to nature and all are done outside, in front of the motif. It is a challenge to deal with light and shade, space and atmosphere, and to find new compositions amongst such an endless multitude of forms. The prints are the opposite, and allow for a complete absorption in colour and abstraction free from any directly associated references. Drawing influences printmaking, which affects painting and so on, each practice constantly enriching and extending the other, and inspiring new work.”