Simon Martin was born in Cheshire in 1965. He is interested in how we understand ourselves through social structures, mythologies and collective memory evidenced in art objects, mass media, popular culture and the built environment. Working with video and sculpture, he records his findings by questioning ideas of value associated to historical objects and artefacts.
Martin graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art in 1989. He has had solo exhibitions at White Columns, New York (2005), Counter Gallery, London (2005), The Power Plant, Toronto (2006), a solo show at the Chisenhale Gallery (2008), a solo show at Kunstverein, Amsterdam (2010). He was the recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Award in 2008 and shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2009. His work can currently be seen in ‘Priority Moments’ a group show at Herald Street Gallery, London.