Marie Louise Martin
Born in Dublin, Marie Louise Martin attended the National College of Art and Design where she studied Fine Art (painting and printmaking) from 1978 to 1983. Martin joined the Black Church Print Studio in 1983 and later served as a Board Director. In 1999 she established a print studio for the Airfield Educational Trust, Dublin. Martin has always worked with etching and embossing. In the early years she was very interested in Florentine portraits and her subject matter included images of women’s heads. More recently she works with both Irish and Italian landscapes and her latest work comprises a series of journals related to time spent in Italy.
She has exhibited at Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Academy, Royal Ulster Academy, Claremorris Open, Íontas, ev+a, Éigse, Impressions, Gateway to Art, Taispeántas Ealaíne An Oireachtas, Independent Artists; as well as print exhibitions in Japan, UK, Netherlands, China, USA, Germany, Spain, Australia, Germany, Cuba, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Finland and Sweden. She won prizes at the Royal Ulster Academy (2003, 2001), Royal Hibernian Academy (1989) and the Claremorris Open (1988). In 2005 she had a residency at Cill Rialaig, Ballinaskelligs, Co. Kerry.
Her work is represented in a number of public collections, including Office of Public Works, National Self Portrait Collection, Dáil Éireann, Stormont Castle, St Luke’s Hospital, Microsoft Ireland, Contemporary Arts Society, BP Oil (Europe) Brussels, Boyle Civic Collection, Butler Castle Collection, Guinness Peat Aviation, Durrow Castle and Craig Gardner & Associates.