Thomas Martin MFA


Specialist Subject Areas

I specialise in relief, intaglio, lithographic and screen printing techniques, and also have a particular interest in paper engineering to create movable books, automata and paper machines. I also make artist’s books, box works, and multiples.


BA Hons Graphic Arts from Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge.
MFA from The Cardiff School of Art and Design.


Before joining Cardiff School of Art and Design I worked for many years at the renowned Curwen Studio near Cambridge. This involved working alongside such artists as Paula Rego, Patrick Heron, John Hoyland, Peter Blake and RB Kitaj to create and edition their original prints. During this time I also developed myself as a practising artist exhibiting throughout the UK and abroad.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Selected Exhibitions:

Open Books, a touring exhibition of artist’s books as part of the Jaipur Literary Festival which will also travel to Canada and China in 2016/17
Xiaoxiang Exhibition of International Printmaking, China; including an international portfolio exchange.
Small, SPECTACULAR, The Paper Works of Thomas Martin. Calgary University, Canada. This also included lectures and workshops as part of their International Visiting Artist Programme.
Wales/Rajasthan Exchange Exhibition, Howard Gardens Gallery and Touring India to Chandegarh, Dernandan and the British Council in New Delhi.
Wrexham Print International
British International Miniature Print Exhibition.
The RE Open, Bankside Gallery, London.
Originals 10, The Mall Galleries, London.
The Curwen/New Academy Gallery, London
Naughton Gallery, Belfast
6th International Book Art Exhibition, Cheong-ju City, Korea
Stone, Plate, Grease, Water, international lithography exhibition, toured to the Naughton Gallery, Belfast, The Museum of Modern Art, Wales and the Bankside Gallery in London.
Eyestorm Gallery, London
Kings College, Cambridge
Bremen Print Fair
The Museum of Oxford

I also have work in the collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum, Oregon State University, USA, The Queen’s Collection in Belfast and The University of Wales.


The Victoria and Albert Museum commission for “Cherry on the Cake” a showcase of artists and designers response to the theme of paper. My piece took the form of boxes of small screen prints each one being unique.

Kettles Yard Gallery, Cambridge, commission to design a small box work of views of Kettles Yard House to cut and make.

The Crooked House Gallery, commission to design a model of the gallery to cut and make.


Birgit Skiold Memorial Trust, award granted to carry out two projects, one to design a popup book and the other to construct a large relief piece with lit and moving mechanisms.

FSG Design Award given during ‘Watch out for the small Print’ touring mini print show.

JPP Paper prize given during Originals 10 at the Mall Galleries, London


I have written many articles and book reviews for Printmaking Today and have work in the A&C Black series of printmaking handbooks.


I have demonstrated to many groups through regular workshops including instruction on various printmaking, bookbinding and paper making techniques.