Martyn Lucas

The Difficulty of Landscape_Grey 52x33cm
The Difficulty of Landscape_Grey 52x33cm

“A constant for nearly 30 years has been observational drawing in small sketchbooks. Looking at a drawing I have made takes me to the moment in that place far more powerfully than looking at a photograph. I enjoy watercolour landscape. I love the medium – its fluency, its directness and its stubbornness. In the studio, painting is a way of being ‘in the moment’”.

The ‘Difficulty of Landscape’ series includes visual disruptions; brush marks and colours creating composites of fleeting moments. They are about painting as much as place; about the qualities of mark making, light and composition as much as depicting land and sky. They are about the process of looking, of finding a ‘view’, but also, glimpsing the landscape through a train or car window, or the changing clouds beyond the horizon. There is a tension between the traditional ‘sublime’ and a modern-day sense of transformation of landscape through human activity.


2018 Curator of Truth & Fantasy for Art Unpacked, Chrysalis Arts Ltd.
2017 Co-curator and artist, Intimate, Isherwood Gallery, Wigan
2017 Summer exhibition, Silson Contemporary, Harrogate
2017 Cross Street Arts, Atkinson, Southport
2017 West Lancashire Open Exhibition at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk




Twitter: @MartynLukey