Timothy Martin is a classically trained painter and sculptor who first gained widespread recognition when he was selected by Tiffany & Company to display artwork in its Manhattan flagship on Fifth Avenue in 1993. Since that time Martin’s renown has spread internationally with the publication of dozens of reproductions of his charming work, as well as exhibitions from New York to Paris.
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From November 2010 through February 2011, Timothy Martin paintings brought the holidays to Paris. Commissioned by the global luxury fashion house, Hermes, Martin created an 8-foot by 15-foot original oil painting — L'Arche de Noël — for Hermes main window of its flagship store on the rue Faubourg Saint-Honore. The other nine windows also featured Timothy Martin paintings. Following its debut and exhibition, the large original oil remains in Hermes private collection. [See more about the commission under Special Projects.]
Mona Bismarck Foundation
From March through July 2009, Timothy Martin’s original paintings were on exhibition at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in its Paris Cultural Center located opposite the Eiffel Tower. Created in the 1980s by the American philanthropist, Mona Bismarck, the Foundation focuses on a Franco-American cultural exchange and reflects the late Countess Mona Bismarck’s tastes and interests. Martin’s exhibition, The Naturalist: paintings by Timothy Martin, is one of the few the foundation has devoted to a living artist. [Read guest book comments about the exhibition under Special Projects.]
In 2000, Martin was commissioned by the venerable Steinway & Sons to paint an actual one-of-a-kind baby grand piano, the first painter in nearly 70 years commissioned by the piano makers. Following a nationwide tour, the "Summertime Piano" is now part of a private collection in Texas. [See a photo of the “Summertime Piano” under Special Projects.]
Philadelphia Flower Show
In 2006, Martin transformed the Philadelphia Flower Show’s Garden Gallery into the Enchanted Spring of his imagination with images of flora and fauna, fox and fowl morphed into furniture. Many of the original paintings on display at the show ranged from chairs fashioned from topiary to a tiger lily settee on which rests a fitting feline. Based on crowd reaction at the 2006 show, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society invited Martin to return to the 2008 Philadelphia Flower Show, this time to exhibit paintings with musical instruments and themes to complement the show’s Jazz it Up motif.
Flower Shows & Botanical Gardens
Embraced by the horticultural community, Martin also exhibited at Atlanta's 2008 Southeastern Flower Show, at the Lewis Ginter Gardens in Richmond Virginia and at Omaha's Lauritzen Botanical Gardens. Martin's work was also featured in 1998 by Macy's Flower Show on Herald Square in New York City, where his painting Daffodil Settee made its premiere, later named Editor's Choice by U.S. Art magazine.
Martin’s unique vision began with a wingback chair he created for a Bucks County show in the ’80s; enthusiastic response led to the distinctive work that has become his signature style, a style that defies art world labels. Martin, who studied in Italy, paints as a classic realist - landscapes and still lifes of another age can be glimpsed in his work—and yet some might describe the work as surreal, but the absence of menace makes his a genre unto itself.
Timothy Martin’s images have been licensed by The Bombay Company, Caspari International and a number of fine art publishers. Martin 1994-1995 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship grantee.
Read the artist’s statement.