Maidenhead, England and Paris, France.
Through her painting,the French artist Charlotte Martin explores philosophically her escape from her structured and confining world. A world where there was no room for space, colors, freedom or excitement.
She initially broke out by physically changing her environment from Paris to London.
While modelling in Paris, Milan and London she changed her name from Catherine to Charlotte and created a whole new identity for herself.
Then she embarked on a lifestyle of no boundaries… out of control, into the hedonistic world of living with the Cream of 60's London’s music and fashion world. Her name has been linked to Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Jimmy Page and Martin Sharp, Australia’s most famous pop artist.
These past links remain strongly with her in her present search for the balance of chaos and structure, as well as a need for looking through “frames within frames”. To do this Charlotte frequently uses nature as well as urban settings as filters; exploring relationships between highly controlled and less controlled visual elements in order to generate lots of formal collisions, surprises and tensions emulating from bright and stimulating colors.
Exploring all of this is an enjoyable, yet challenging preoccupation, helping her to find equilibrium in her life today and to be able to share this with the viewer.
She has exhibited in many venues in and around Maidenhead, Berkshire, where her studio is located. Charlotte has accepted various freelance commissions,and her art is represented in collections both local and further afield.
Group, REIMAGINE, The Old Fire Station - Henley on Thames
Group, Bucks Open Studios, Whitecroft Studio - Maidenhead , UK
Group, A collection, Henley Festival - Henley, Oxfordshire
Group, Art in mind -Inevitable, The Brick lane gallery - London, UK
Group, Summer exhibition, Runnymede Gallery - Windsor
Solo, A collection, Orsini Restaurant - Brompton rd, London
Group, Whitecroft Studio annual exhibition, Norden Farm Arts centre - Maidenhead
Group, Henley Arts Trail, The Old Smithy Studio - Henley.
Henley Guild group, Spring Exhibition, The Old Fire Station Gallery - Henley