About this artwork

This is one of Martin’s earliest abstract paintings, shown in his first exhibition of abstract work at the Leicester Galleries in London in 1950. By placing rectangles and squares at an angle, Martin has created the effect of movement, as if the shapes are tumbling from the top left corner to the bottom right of the canvas. The colours are muted and the shapes balanced, so no one element dominates the painting.

  • title:
    Composition
  • accession number:
    GMA 5064
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1949 / 1950
  • measurements:
    40.70 x 35.50 cm
  • credit line:
    Bequeathed by Mr Ken Powell 2006 [received 2008]
  • copyright:
    © The Estate of the Artist

Kenneth Martin

Kenneth Martin