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Nils Martin

Artist's Work

Steel Men

    Work introduction

    Nils Martin

    My ceramics has a distinct style. I see myself as a scientist, researching into the different aspects of how to perceive form. I mix elements of cubist drawing and pop art painting onto ceramic wall objects or ceramic sculpture.

    Often, I create juxtapositions between physical form with the clay, the illusion of form through oxide pencil drawing and the decomposition of form through flat patterns of black stains or bright colours. By creating large contrasts, I want to intrigue the eye.

    As important as the visual outcome, I also see myself as a storyteller. Through my method of creating ceramics, a multi-layered narrative appears where the object/sculpture, the drawing and sometimes also the paintings highlight’s different aspects of the same story. This creates a three-dimensional storytelling. This approach makes my style of ceramics unique.

    There are similarities with other ceramic artist that also draw on objects, but what stands out with my art, is the way I put things together.

    From an early age, I was trained in the tradition of drawing, painting and sculpture and felt equally competent doing either. As a student I figured out how to combine all three and apply them through ceramics. That is how I found my niche and I have been using this formula ever since.

    At school I studied the futuristic utility ware of Nora Gubrandsen and Sevres porcelain. I was also influenced by Picasso`s sculpture, Leger`s painting, graffiti art and Hip-Hop culture. My working method, mixing flat and round, my studies and early influences all come to play

    Artist Biography


    Nils Martin:


    1993 MFA Norwegian Academy of Craft and Art institute, dept of Ceramics



    2019 “Ceramic Momentum”, CLAY ceramics Museum, Denmark

    2018 “Loose fit super tight”, solo-exhibition Format gallery, Norway

    2018 Chart Design, Denmark

    2015/14 “Beyond g(l)aze”, Jinji Lake Art Museum, China/ KODE Museum, Norway

    2014 SOFA, USA

    2012 Collect, UK


    Latest commission:

    2015 Bodø High school


    Latest public purchase:

    2017 Bank of Norway


    Latest grant/Prize:

    2014 10-year national grant for established artists