Contemporary Scottish artist and portrait painter, Martin Stevenson, is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and has exhibited extensively throughout the UK. Inspired by the characters he paints, the layers of acrylic build up upon the canvas through his interest and interaction with the individual through the sittings. The personal stories of the models in his portrait paintings are just as important to Stevenson as the finished works of art - this is reflected all the more in his recent paintings, with the use of bright colour and strong, deliberate brushstrokes.
Stevenson exhibited widely throughout the UK between 1980 and 1992, producing a number of portrait commissions. 1992 saw the creation of MSD Design Ltd - specialising in bespoke design, manufacturing and installation of steel and glass reinforced plastic production - leaving little or no time for painting. Stevenson kept his toes in the art world, providing logistical advice and internal fabrication for David Mach R.A's, "Phantom, 2015", commissioned by Morrison's Supermarket in Kirkcaldy, Fife (right).
In 2011 an invitation to exhibit in a local exhibition started the production of new paintings for Stevenson.
Martin Stevenson has previously been selected for the BP Portrait Award in 1983, 1990 & 2014, and won the Premier Award at the Scottish Society of Artists Annual Exhibition in Edinburgh in 1983. He is also an active member of Aberdeen Artists Society. Most recently, he was selected to exhibit his work at the Royal Glasgow Institute Open Exhibition. Paintings are held in both private and public collections in the UK, including Aberdeen Art Gallery and Grampian Hospitals Trust.