John Scott Martin

Surface Visions

Looking at the mining landscape of West Cornwall the surface remains have for the most part disappeared. What was built by man in the pursuance of mining can now only be seen in photographic evidence of the past. Only the monumental ruins of the engine houses survive to remind us.

My paintings and drawings inspired by Cornish Mining now span a fifty year period. I still have a few of my sketches from my days as an art student in Nottingham in the 1960’s. At that time only recording surface visions. The depiction of Cornwall underground came much later.

The summation of recent years work can be seen in 2018 when there will be three exhibitions. Firstly, at the Geevor Tin Mine Gallery in Cornwall from March until October. Then in July at the World Heritage Centre in Durham. This exhibition will coincide with the Durham Miner’s Gala. It will additionally contain new imagery of coal mining. Lastly, in November at the Granary Gallery at Weston Park in Shropshire.

  • Image 1

    Above the Crowns, Botallack
    Mixed Media
    80 x 140 cms

  • Image 2

    The Crowns from Sea Level
    Acrylic
    50 x 60 cms

  • Image 3

    Jackdaws over Owles
    Gouache
    40 x 84 cms

  • Image 4

    Atlantic Edge
    Mixed Media
    84 x 31 cms

  • Image 5

    Passing Storm, Cape Cornwall
    Mixed Media
    90 x 40 cms

  • Image 8

    Levant Mine
    Mixed Media
    111 x 48 cms

  • Image 9

    Below Wheal Drea, Kenidjack
    Acrylic
    55 x 70 cms

  • Image 11

    Wheal Cock Zawn
    Gouache
    40 x 84 cms