Inspiration often comes to me from the written word. In this case I had the phrase Fantasy Junction running around in my head for quite a few years before I could match it up to a suitable image (it was a colloquialism for an area in the city I was working in at the time).
The title suggests the landscape is imaginary but it isn’t, it is a desert scene from the Namib in Africa which I used as a surreal backdrop for the allegory of a man stumbling his way through an alien landscape – similar in a way to the way we are all now having to navigate our way through this pandemic in our daily lives. The composition has been cropped so that the only view of the sky is in its reflection in a desert pool further enhancing the unsettling features of this stark landscape.
Martin Davis is an ex-fire fighter turned artist. After university he spent more than 30 years in the fire and rescue service, during which time he found painting was a perfect antidote to the stresses of his operational working life. He committed himself fully to his art in 2008 after retirement and has spent the last 13 years finding his distinctive artistic voice.
Martin is, by admission, an instinctive artist. Almost wholly self-trained, his only formal qualification is an ArtGCE “O” level from his schooldays. Even so his artwork is bought by private collectors around the world and he has secured gallery space through-out the UK as well as here in his native Derbyshire where he works from his home studio in Swanwick. His most recent successes were being selected to exhibit in the prestigious Harley Gallery Open and ING Discerning Eye exhibitions 2020.