Martin Maloney Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Martin Maloney
(left) Sex Club (Cocktail), (right) Sex Club (Blow Job)

1998/1998

Oil on canvas/ Oil on canvas

274.3 x 914.4 cm/274.3 x 609.6 cm
Martin Maloney
Equal Opportunities

1999

Oil on Canvas

274.5 x 305 cm
Martin Maloney
Sony Levi

1997

Oil on canvas

173.5 x 298 cm
Martin Maloney
Sex Club (M&S-S&M)

1998

Oil on canvas

274.3 x 609.6 cm
Martin Maloney
Sex Club (Cowboys)

1998

Oil on canvas

274.3 x 609.6 cm
Martin Maloney
Sleeping Arrangements

1997

Oil on canvas

167.5 x 297 cm
Martin Maloney
Rave (After Poussin's Triumph of Pan)

1997

Oil on canvas

244 x 457 cm

Rave is a contemporary version of the seventeenth-century painting, borrowing both subject and composition. Transforming the master’s racy orgy scene (women, men, goats going for it under the hypnotic influence of horn music – painted with the very epitome of tasteful credential), Martin Maloney’s vision of a wild club night of Y-fronted-pantied dancers, and casual snogging seems positively tame. His intentional casual painting style transforms classic mythological high art into a tangible, intimately concerning scene for today .

Martin Maloney
Saplings

2004

Oil on canvas

244 x 213 cm

Martin Maloney’s collages operate like magazine imagery; fun is idealized by groups of people hanging out. Attention is always paid to the things that count: clothing, hairstyles, radios, and pets. But Maloney’s product placement seems more like evidence of unfulfilment than success.

Martin Maloney
Stroller

2004

Oil on canvas

260 x 231 cm

Martin Maloney makes social observation paintings, trendy and casual, like jeans ads, or thirty-something sitcoms. His anecdotal scenes are contemporary adaptations of the type of genre paintings, still life’s and portraits seen in historical paintings from artists such as Poussin, Vermeer, and Watteau.

Martin Maloney
Cul de Sac

2004

Oil on canvas

213 x 260 cm

He presents cheery views of life in the singles scene: humorous, awkward, and seductive despite the flaws. Maloney paints 30-somethings in a style that is smart-casual; layered references to art history patched together in faux-naïf. Rendered with all sincerity, Maloney injects a little bit of tragedy into PC-inspired happiness.

Martin Maloney
Public Sculpture

2004

Oil on canvas

213 x 260 cm

Painting versions of people he’s seen on the street, in his neighbourhood, in his grocery store, Maloney places them in delightful pastoral situations which both mirror and lovingly mock en vogue circumstance and fancy. His messy painting style is comically accurate, his figures are all too familiar, each one with an imagined personality and history completely unique to them

Martin Maloney
Planters

2004

Oil on canvas

260 x 213 cm

The urban landscape of London artist Martin Maloney is one that is colourful and matter-of-fact, not grey and grim. One could almost say defiantly cheerful. Maloney is an instinctive painter whose works display a vibrancy through much use of patterning and decoration.

Martin Maloney
Candy

2004

Oil on canvas

259.7 x 213.4 cm
Martin Maloney
Slade Gardens, SW9, 1995

2001

Vinyl collage

305 x 792 cm

With his first foray into large-scale collage, Martin Maloney replicates painting with thousands of individual pieces cut from coloured sticky-backed vinyl. He shares the secret of paint: a large pink mass for a face, a splotch of white and a line of yellow for a highlight, two semicircles of blue for eyeshadow. Loads of little stringy bits clumped together make a shaggy dog. This leisurely day in the park just isn’t as easy as it looks: this process is as intricate and labour intensive as assembling a Ravenna mosaic.

Martin Maloney
Cat Painting

1999

Oil on canvas

275 x 305 cm

Martin Maloney has a directness in making the complexity of colour relationships normally associated with abstraction come to life through figuration. He focuses on ordinary but significant details that are simply described with spontaneity and uninhibited pleasure.

Martin Maloney
Hey Good Looking (After Poussin's The Choice of Hercules)

1998

Oil on canvas

245 x 336 cm

Martin Maloney’s Hercules is one hot stud: Rod Stewart hair, chest merkin and red Speedos. Like in Poussin’s allegory, he’s pulled two birds, Vice and Virtue, and now has to make a choice. He’s already in like Flynn with Vice: a hot-tomato single mum with Christina Aguilera’s taste in clothes. But his eyes are leaning towards the Olivia Newton-John goody-goody – she’s gonna be no easy task. It’s Maloney’s contemporary twists that make this painting especially funny: Poussin’s finely rendered drapery is substituted with a beach towel, Vice’s sweet cherub’s transformed into a latchkey brat. A little divine romance for the high street.


Martin Maloney's Biography

Martin Maloney
Born in 1961, London
Lives and works in London



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2008
Actress Slash Model, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

2007
Martin Maloney, From Park Drive to Riverside Walk, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA

2006
Martin Maloney, Galerie Xippas, Athen

2005
Martin Maloney, New Paintings, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

2004
Martin Maloney, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2003
Ritratti, Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

2000
Martin Maloney, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UK

1998
Conversation Pieces, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporaneo, Milan, Itlay
Domestic Arrangments, Johnen & Schottle, Cologne, Germany

1997
Genre Paintings, Robert Prime, London, UK

1996
Portraits, Habitat Kings Road, London, UK

1991
Sex Shop, 00 Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2016
Kaleidoscope, FOLD Gallery, London

2012
Folklore and Naive Traditions in Contemporary Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia

2010
Lust und Laster. Die 7 Todsünden von Dürer bis Naumann – Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Bright Lights of London Painting – Resy Muijsers Contemporay Art, Tilburg
Art (Magenta) – Galerie Haas & Fuchs – Berlin, Berlin
Persona grata – Gary Tatintsian Gallery Inc., Moscow, Russia
Michael Craig-Martin: Art, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Charlottenburg,Germany

2009
Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, Miami, FL, USA

2008
The Girl Next Door, Home House Private Members Club, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK

2007
Behind Innocence, Gallery Hyundai, Chongro-ku Seoul, Korea

2006
The Wonderful Fund Collection, Le Musée de Marrakech, Morocco and Pallant House Gallery Chichester, UK

2005
London Calling, Galleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway Artist of the day: Lynette Yiadon-Boakye selected by Martin Maloney, Flowers
Central, London, UK

2004
Neue Kunsthalle 1V: Direct Painting, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

2002
The Rowan Collection: Contemporary British and Irish Art, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Curated Oh Bondage Up Yours, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Shine, St.Pancras Chambers, London, UK

2001
Curated Oh Bondage Up Yours, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
John Moores Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Shine, St.Pancras Chambers, London, UK
Curated Death to the Fascist Insect that Preys on the Life of the People, Anthony d‘Offay Gallery, London, UK
New Labour, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Family Fortunes, National Gallery, London, UK
Fall Visiting Faculty, Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Curated Bound and Gagged, Carpenter Centre, Harvard Univeristy, Cambridge, USA

2000
Hard Candy, Westbourne Gardens, London & Galerie Wieland, Berlin, Germany
Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Outhouse, Rich and Famous Gallery, London, UK
Salon, Delfina, London, UK
Different Perspectives in Painting, Museo Michetti, Francaville al Mare, Italy
Lo Sguardo Innocente L'Arte L'infanzia, il 1900, Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia, Italy
Sausages and Frankfurters: Recent British and German Paintings from the Ophiuchus Collection, The Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece

1999
Neurotic Realism, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Heart and Soul, 60 Long Lane, London, UK

1998
Fuoriuso, Pescara, Italy
Die Young Stay Pretty, ICA, London, UK
Facts and Fiction, ARCO, Turin, Italy

1997
Sensation, Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA
Gonzo, Old Police Station, London, UK

1996-97
Robert Prime, London, UK

1996
Die Yuppie Scum, Karsten Schubert, London, UK

1995
Neo-Naive, Lost in Space, London, UK
Guess who's Coming to Dinner, Lost in Space, London, UK
Multiple Orgasm, Lost in Space, London, UK
White Trash, Lost in Space, London, UK
Gothic, Lost in Space, London, UK