Martyn is a BP Portrait Award nominated artist, he graduated from Brunel University in 2004 and he lives and works in Buckinghamshire in the UK
His painting of the actor and Musician Matt Berry was shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award in 2017 and selected for exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The painting was also shown at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, the Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden, and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.
Martyn’s work was also shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize in 2018. The biennial award, highlighting the best in international contemporary drawing.
As an artist, Martyn is mostly focused in calm and reflective portraiture, but his practice has covered a wide range of subject matter. His work is gentle, figurative and naturalistic, with a strong focus on emotional insight and draughtsmanship. He has a distinctive intricate style that is precise, delicate, and rewards repeated viewing. Martyn is equally comfortable working in paint or pencil.
Martyn was shortlisted of the Artist and Illustrator Magazine ‘Artist of the Year Award’ in 2018 and again in 2019. On both occasions the selected works were exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London.
Martyn’s work has featured on the pages of Artist and Illustrator Magazine and he is a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters group. His work has also been nominated for the National Open Art Award in 2016 and 2017, and for the Jackson's Art Printing Prize in 2018
He regularly exhibits work in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and in London. He is currently working on a number of commissioned portraits.