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Kenneth Martin
© National Portrait Gallery, London. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

Kenneth Martin 1940s

Kenneth Martin (1905–1984)

National Portrait Gallery, London

(b Sheffield, 13 Apr. 1905; d London, 18 Nov. 1984). British painter and sculptor. In 1930 he married Mary Balmford (a fellow student at the Royal College of Art), whose artistic development as Mary Martin (b Folkestone, 16 Jan. 1907; d London, 9 Oct. 1969) was closely related to his own. In the 1930s he painted in a naturalistic style, but during the 1940s his work became less representational until in 1948–9 he produced his first abstract pictures.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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