LUKE MARTINEAU: ISLANDS OF LIGHT

18 MAY - 1 JUNE

If you had wandered down Portobello Road between lockdowns last summer, you might have spotted a somewhat gangling landscape artist with an easel and brushes, standing like an island in the stream of passers-by, the west London flâneurs getting back to their normal economic and social life in the summer sun offering a lively subject against the backdrop of colourful Notting Hill.

We have all experienced something of what true isolation feels like at different moments over these last two years, and it’s true that many artists have always led a solitary existence ideally adapted, you might suppose, to life in these times. Although I do work on my own a lot, I have never been insular, in fact I depend upon engagement with the immediate world around me for inspiration, and not least to keep the wolf from the door. My last exhibition at Panter & Hall in May 2020 never made it onto the walls, and there was to be no private view, so the end of ‘distancing’ right now comes as a huge relief. This catalogue of work, produced more or less entirely in Covid times, is inspired by islands of different kinds, hence the title of the show; but of course in many ways the paintings themselves are my ‘islands of light’ in that they represent moments of happiness which have sustained me during hard times and which I hope will give other people flashes of joy.

Real islands do also feature in this collection, notably Barbados, where I enjoyed a revitalising trip earlier this year. As ever, is it the excitement of painting light that urges me on, especially light on water, and the ocean breaking on the Caribbean shores seemed suggestive of other journeys, other worlds and possibilities. Venice, Skye, and more generally the British Isles, are all represented here. We Brits are already islanders, rarely more aware than now of the twin challenges of being independent as well as outward-looking. Solitude of course need not be a sentence to be endured; it can be a deliberate retreat, a pause to regain strength, a moment of reflection. In difficult times I have found solace in nature, both on Exmoor and other trips around the UK, and painting in London’s parks, which are like island oases of green in the big city.


I hope that my pleasure in painting those patches of sunshine playing on the water, or broken into archipelagos by the summer trees, will communicate itself to you, and give you what we probably all need just now, a bit of a lift, and a reminder that–hopefully– not everything is wrong with the world.

- Luke Martineau

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Luke Martineau

San Marco, Venice

£12,500

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Sunshine After Rain

£8,000

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Fishing for Minnows in the Stream

£6,500

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Interior with Blüthner

£3,400

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The High, Oxford

£3,400

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Horse Guards

£1,650

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An Island Paradise

£2,200

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On the Island in the River

£6,500

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Heading Upriver, Albert Bridge, Chelsea

£3,400

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Eton College, Afternoon

£3,800

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Setting Sail

£4,500

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Golden Sands

£2,200

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Sailing Boats Drawn up on the Sand

£2,200

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Still Life with Pink Camellias

£3,800

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The Silver Lining

£4,500

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Westminster Abbey

£3,400

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Eton College, Morning

£3,000

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Spring Blossom in the Park

£2,800

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Aqua Alta, San Marco, Venice

£8,500

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Rocks on the Shore

£2,200

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Through the Palms I

£2,200

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Kensington Palace, Spring Morning

£2,800

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Old World, New World - The Wave

£8,750

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Still Life of Rhododendrons

£2,800

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Alice's, Portobello

£3,800

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An Island Garden II

£2,200

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Coffee in Kensington

£2,550

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To Distant Shores

£8,500

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Summer Sun, Lake Garda

£3,400

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Cherry Blossom in the Park

£3,800

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The Morning Shrimpers

£2,800

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Portobello Road

£2,800

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Bluebird Oasis

£2,800

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At Anchor

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Getting Away from it All

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Parliament Square

£2,800

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Dappled Light, Holland Park

£2,800

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Tea in Kensington

£2,800

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Island of Light

£6,500

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Liquid Sunshine I

£2,200

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Sunset Palm Trees

£2,200

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Rainy San Marco

£12,500

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Away from the Crowds, Holland Park

£3,800

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Western Isles, Big Sky II

£8,500

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Morning Light, Albert Bridge

£7,500

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Peonies on the Mantelpiece

£3,800

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The Student

£2,200

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Through the Palms II

£2,200

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Liquid Sunshine II

£2,200

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Portobello Market

£2,800

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On the Island, Sloane Square

£3,800

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Horse Chestnut Avenue, Holland Park

£6,500

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Caribbean Skies

£8,500

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Buckingham Palace from St James's Park in the Spring

£2,200

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On the Balcony

£2,200

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Skimming Stones at Landacre Bridge

£4,500

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An Afternoon in Portobello

£2,800

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Albert Bridge through the Rigging

£3,800

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An Island Garden I

£3,000

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Île de Sloane Square

£2,800

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White Peonies

£6,500

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Journey's End

£8,000

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The Holy Hills of St David

£7,500

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Broad Street, Oxford

£2,800

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A Morning in Portobello

£3,400

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Across the Sound

£3,000

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Abereiddy Beach, Pembrokeshire

£2,800

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Curt's Bar

£2,800

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Tropical Garden

£2,550

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Western Isles, Big Sky I

£8,500