Artist Studio: Martin Finnin brings his Cork Studio to John Martin Gallery

Martin Finnin working in his studio in Cork. Courtesy of John Martin Gallery.

During Mayfair Art Weekend, Finnin will re-situate his Cork studio in London, bringing materials and objects to John Martin Gallery where he will be working on a set of final prints.


Finnin will be in the gallery all weekend, working and speaking with visitors. Visit the Gallery-come-studio for an opportunity to watch the artist work and collect a special edition Martin Finin designed Mayfair Art Weekend tote bag, hand silk screened with an original artwork depicting a map of Mayfair.


John Martin Gallery will be rehung with a series of Finnin’s etchings overlaid with paint and will offer limited edition badges featuring past prints and drawings by the artist.


Born in 1968, Martin Finnin dropped out of three art schools in Dublin, Limerick and Cork. His journey as an artist has therefore been largely self-directed and instinctive, beginning by studying old masters at the National Gallery in London whilst working on a building site and then a year in Mexico where he held his first show in 1988. He has developed his ideas as an artist through constant revision and travel, documenting his process in writings, films and photographs as well as his exhibitions held in Ireland and the UK. A monograph, ‘The Paintings of Martin Finnin’ was published in 2015. His work is held in public collections including the Office of Public Works, Dublin and the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.