Edward Martin is an award winning
artist who has spent over 30 years developing his craft, and is part of
the exciting "Outsider Art" movement, completely self taught,
without outside influences on his work.
It is crucial to me to constantly challenge my mind and materials in order
to create one of a kind pieces. To me art has to be an ever-changing journey
that continually evolves into a new series of work that have their own undeniable
style. I want my work to always take me in the direction of discovering new
ports of the mind and produce beautifully balanced artwork that challenges
the eye and draws people into my work.
Working in his fully functional glass studio
and complete wood working shop at his home in Springfield Illinois, he has
perfected the art of beveling, fusing, three dimensional etching and glass
staining as well as traditional glasswork. A need for frames led him on a
journey in woodworking that turned into a love for the amazing color and grains
of woods from all over the world. Ed Martin solely designs all work and no
pieces are ever duplicated. Much of his works are created for private commission
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Around 1995, he decided
to start breaking away from the traditional realism in his design work and
let his mind venture into new territory. The objective was to combine all
facets of his abilities to create a totally new set of works like no other
he had seen. This has resulted in the creation of a wide range of work from
glass sinks, architectural pieces, fused windows to furniture.
Ed Martin has shown
his work form Los Angeles to New York and his work is collected by people
from all over the country.
2011 2nd Place Peoria
Hights Fine art fair.
2011 1st PlaceRapsody
in Bloom Art Fair.
2011 Best New Artist
Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival.
2005 Recipient of:
Illinois Percentage of the Arts: Arts in Architecture Program
2004 2nd Place Fine
20th Annual Sugar Creek Arts Festival
2004 1st Place
16th Annual Edwards Place Fine Crafts Fair
2004 2nd Place Glass
2004 St. James Art Show
(Also one of 50 artists requested to participate in the Best of St. James
“ 1st Place
3 Dimensional Design”
2003 St. James Art Show
“Patron’s Purchase Award”
Images 2000 Show
“Award of Excellence”
1999 Main St. Showcase of Art
“Best of Show”
1999 Rockford Artist Fair
Jefferson MO River Rendezvous
Edwards Place Fine Craft Fair
Also featured on the
Cover of Springfield Magazine (with full article)