Mosaics by Martin Cheek 2 October - 31 October 2022
Martin Cheek is a versatile mosaic artist who founded the technique to incorporate glass fusions into mosaics. In so doing, he essentially transformed the art and added unique textural interest to his work. The intricately detailed glass fusions, all made by Martin in his workshop, take his mosaics to another dimension, adding varying degrees of reflectivity and energy, something not easily obtained using traditional mosaic materials.
Martin is originally from Birmingham, England and was educated at Exeter College of Art and Design. He made award winning films as a student, worked on several puppet animation projects including The Wind in the Willows, Paddington Bear, Noddy in Toyland and Portland Bill, before setting up his own production company, Cheeky Films, Ltd. He also served for many years as a part-time lecturer at the Royal College of Art and was an art critic for The Daily Express. Martin regards his mosaic work as a logical progression from animation, both of which involve building a coherent whole, displaying character and movement, from thousands of elements. His mosaics have been featured indoors and outdoors in swimming pools, murals, tables, floors, and sculpture, including a mosaic sculpture garden for children with special needs.
"I am particularly inspired by the natural world and relish the challenge of capturing its organic grace in such a seemingly uncompromising medium", says Martin. Over the course of his career, he has had the opportunity to work with people of all ages and many schools, hospitals, community groups, including autistic, deaf and special needs children. With his work, Martin sets out to amuse and entertain. This devotion to creating beauty is the driving force behind all his work.
For the past twenty-seven years, Martin has run mosaic courses all over the world. Over two thousand students have participated, many of whom have continued to make mosaics either as a hobby or as a profession.