Martin Huxter tends to work on several different series of paintings concurrently, and over quite a long period of time. The techniques and subjects can vary considerably but oil on canvas is a favourite method and the natural world, still life and portraiture, are his usual subjects.
In 2013 he was awarded an Arts Council grant and spent one month painting eighteen portraits, from life, of the inhabitants of a Dutch town where Vincent Van Gogh lived and worked. His paintings were a contemporary response to his work and featured some of the descendants of the sitters in his famous early work, The Potato Eaters. The eighteen portraits that he produced in Holland will form the core of the exhibition, New Potato Eaters, which will open in 2014.
The project was documented on the blog newpotatoeaters.tumblr.com
Martin also organises large, themed group shows featuring the work of artists from different countries. In 2009, to mark the bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, he invited nine international artists to produce new work inspired by Darwin and his theories. The resulting exhibition, titled God: The Fossil Record, was shown at the Stadtmuseum Sankt Poelten, Austria.
The scale of Martin’s work varies from miniature to about two or three metres and prices range from £500 to £7000.
Current methods of working: Public Commission, Education projects, organising themed group exhibitions with other artists from different countries.