Born in Cork in 1955, Fergus Martin studied at Dun Laoghaire School of Art. From 1979 – 1988 he lived in Italy, where he lectured in English Language at the University of Milan. He returned to Ireland to become a full-time painter. He attended the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture in 1991. Solo exhibitions include Green on Red Gallery, Dublin ( 1994, 96, 99, 2001): Pipe Dreams, The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny (2003): Six Paintings, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (1996); Oliver Dowling Gallery (1990, 92). In 2005, his work was included in Internationale Kunst in der Südwestkurve, in Karlsruhe, Germany, and in C2 , Crawford Municipal Gallery of Art, Cork. In 2004, he took part in Dublin Connection at Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, and L’art d’être au monde in Melle, France in 2003.
He has received awards from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York and The Marten Toonder Award, as well as Arts Council bursaries (1994, 96, 99). His work is included in public collections such as The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Office of Public Works and other public institutions. Along with photographer, Anthony Hobbs, he is part of the collaborative duo Martin & Hobbs. They exhibited in Dublin and Venice in 2003, and their work is included in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
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