About

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Martin was born and raised in the UK where he attended art school. A desire to explore new horizons led him to San Francisco where his black & white series depicting post-industrial Wales were exhibited in a SF State university art gallery. Settling in Los Angeles, Martin trained as a master printer before going on to establish himself as a fine art photographer.

Fascinated by the overflowing void of desert landscapes, his many photo-works on desert topics — including his extensive ten-year study of the Salton Sea — have been exhibited in Los Angeles and London.

Other durational projects have centered on entropy, decay and the aftermath of human activity upon environments: His study of a 700 year-old decaying English manor house was shown at PHOTOLA, and a seven-year project capturing the decline of the era of the great ocean liner has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. A series of large prints of Icelandic landscapes was exhibited at the Husavik Museum in Iceland are being acquired by a California photography Museum. Martin’s site-responsive photographic installation opens at The Factory in Djupavik, Iceland, summer 2020.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Celebrating Matter, MATTER STUDIO GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA 2020

Perceive me, CAL STATE LA, 2020

Reflecting Matter, MATTER STUDIO GALLERY, Los Angeles, CA 2019

One Louder, 11 photographers on LA, NEUTRA INSTITUTE, (curated by Dulce Stein) Silver Lake, CA 2018

California Rising, Fabrik Projects, (curated Chris Davies) by Culver City, 2017

Salton Sea: Past, Present, Future, UC Riverside, Palm Desert, CA 2017

The Solbrekka Show, Fjuk Art Centre, Húsavík, Iceland, 2016

LAND: Interactions Pasadena Photography Arts at Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015

Divergence: Photographs from Elsewhere, FotoFreo 2012 and FORM present an epic survey of international contemporary photography, March 2012

ART FAIRS

Photo Independent, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA 2017

Photo LA, Sarah Lee PROJECTS, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA 2015

COLLABORATIONS

Landscape images projected for Icelandique, operatic/photographic, music: O-Lan Jones, mezzo soprano: Gretchen Johnson, Cello: Nicole Calhoun, 2016

Landscape images Included in Open Desert Music and Photographic Arts Showcase, by Cristopher Cichocki, The Annenberg Theatre, Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA 2016

Shared Skies, by Kim Abeles, an exhibit of digital prints of sky photographs from artists throughout the world, Art-Science Gallery of the National Science for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado 2014

RESIDENCIES

GilsfjordurArts, Kroksfjardarnes, Iceland Sept 2019

Fjuk Art Centre, Husavik, Iceland, February – March 2016

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

Hollyhock House, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs, CD-13 Echo Park, Los Angeles 2015

Harbour View, Los Angeles Maritime Museum commissioned wall mural for permanent display 2015

PRESENTATIONS

Artist’s Talk, Hlunnindasyning, Reykholar, Iceland, May 2019

Artist’s Talk, Snow Drawing, Fabrik Projects, July 2018

Artist’s Talk, Pasadena Photography Arts, Pasadena, 2016

Artist’s Talk, Keystone Gallery, Los Angeles, 2015

Artists’ talk, Photographer’s Eye: Los Angeles Central Library, 2015

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (with Honors), Exeter College of Art & Design,

UK Fine Art Foundation course, Winchester School of Art, UK

ARTICLES, PUBLICATIONS

URVOR Magazine, interview, artist and residency founder Martin Cox, Westfjords, Iceland 2019

LISTAMANNAHÚS Á GILSFJARÐARBREKKU, BB.is Westfjords Iceland publication, July 2018

Martin Cox: Visual Poetry Both Epic and Haiku, Diversions LA by Genie Davis July 2018

Featured Artist Martin Cox, VoyageLA, June 2018

Martin Cox’s Museum of Ennui in The Closet at Shoebox Projects, Art & Cake Contemporary Art Magazine, May 2018

An Interview with Photographer Martin Cox – Iceland, Outerspace and Humanity by Sophia Groves, Nordic Style Magazine, June 2017

Lenscratch – Fine Art Daily, Martin Cox: Cold Desert interview by Aline Smithson, August 2017
Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists #4 Artists, ART & Stories (Volume 4) by Karrie Ross 2016

Lenscratch – Fine Art Daily, Martin Cox: LANDED review by Aline Smithson, May 2015

The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide (New York). A bimonthly journal of history, culture and politics Volume 20, Issue 3: June 2013

Lenscratch- Fine Art Daily, review by Aline Smithson, Feb 2011

AFFILIATIONS

LACE, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Board of Directors 1995-97

LALOP, Los Angeles League of Photographers, Board of Directors 2004-2006

COLLECTIONS

Húsavík Museum, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Fabrik Projects (Chris Davies), Studio For Southern California History, California Wilderness Coalition, Sarah Lee (Sarah Lee Projects), David Fraire (Metro Gallery), Robin Blackmon (Fototeka Gallery), Michael Hale (HaleArts Space), Sara Jane Boyers, Paul Langlotz & Mark Sprecker, Paris Barclay, John & Lynn Pleshette, David & Diana Jacobs, Paul Reiser, Robert Greenbaum.