Barry Martin was born in 1943 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
He studied at Goldsmiths College of Art, University of London 1961-66 and at the St Martin’s School of Art 1966-67. He taught in many art colleges including: The Royal College of Art, London; The Slade School; The Royal Academy Schools; Goldsmiths’ College; St. Martin’s School of Art; Kingston University; Croydon College. Appointed External Examiner to Fine Art degree courses. CNAA External Examiner to St Martin’s School of Art, Sculpture Department.
Movement, both real and imaginary has formed the basis of much of the artist's work.
This has been realised in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works some of which are in major museum, corporate and private collections.
Time based activities have included performance; installation; moving sculptures, film and video; paintings; prints and drawings some, of which are shown on this website.
The artist has also pursued ideas of movement and meaning in the activities of games, notably chess.
He has written about art and given major lectures at the Tate Gallery to coincide with a number of their major exhibitions, for example Jackson Pollock; Piet Mondrian; John Singer Sargent, Hans Hofmann, and the Chess and Art Symposiums 1991, 1993.
He has work in many public, corporate and private collections.
Public and Corporate Collections include: The Tate Gallery; Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Science Museum; British Museum; Arts Council of England; Northern Arts Association; National Portrait Gallery; London Borough of Bromley; De Beers Diamonds; ICI; London Hospital Arts Trust; Zaragoza Museum of Fine Art, Spain; The Fuba Collection, South Africa; Hasting Museum; The Savoy Group, London; University of London, Goldsmiths’ College; The City University; The Government Art Collection; Victoria & Albert Museum; Deutsch Bank: National Trust: English Heritage; Orensanz Museum, Pyrenees, Spain; Triangle Collection, New York; Unilever, London; Department of the Environment; Air/Space; Harrodian School, Barnes, London; Erno Goldfinger for Willow Road, Hampstead, London. The British Council; Henry Moore Institure; Leeds City Art Museum.
Barry Martin’s original website from 2008 has been archived and can be accessed here