Born in Staffordshire, Martin Williams graduated from Leicester Polytechnic with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Design. This led to a career in creative advertising, working for major London based agencies as an Art Director. After moving out of London, he embarked on a new career, dividing his time between painting and part time academic posts.
A chance visit to Fakenham Racecourse in Norfolk provided the inspiration for Martin to start painting, and to initially focus on the subject of horse racing.
In due course, he became a much collected, award winning, painter of horse related themes. Over the last couple of years his subject matter has diversified considerably with landscape and figuration now also playing a significant role.
Martin's paintings can now be found in many private collections internationally, including collections in London, New York, Hong Kong and Ireland. He has exhibited at international art fairs and galleries in London and throughout the UK, and also in the United States, France and Japan. He works from his studio in Olney, Buckinghamshire.
Martin's work is essentially about time and place. His paintings capture a moment in time, a certain set of fleeting circumstances, landscapes charged by human presence, a hidden narrative or a particular quality of light. He achieves this through a diversity of mark making techniques, and an expressive, interpretive use of colour.
“Martin produced a painting to mark my retirement from the BBC commentary box; the resulting work was outstanding, reflecting his unquestionable skill, both as a draughtsman and painter”— Sir Peter O'Sullevan CBE