Biographical Information:

Martina Galvin completed her BA in painting at the NCAD and a Masters Degree in Fine Art Practice and Theory at Cardiff College of Art, Wales, funded by a British Council Scholarship. For a number of years Martina was involved with a Polish artists group: the Artists Museum Centre, Lodz, Poland, as well as the Wyscodnia Gallery, Lodz. This Eastern European connection gave Martina the chance to travel to and be invited to exhibit in numerous large site-specific events in Finland, Australia, Israel and New York. It also allowed Martina to see first-hand Eastern European abstract art in Poland and this had an influence on her practice. She lives and work in Dublin.

artist works


Shell Midden

Date: 2002

Medium: Cast concrete

Dimensions: Six Shells 61 x 61cm on 122cm plinths

Location: Carlingford, Co. Louth

Ships’ Names

The cubes are inscribed with the names of ships which sailed into Dundalk Port during the 19th Century

Date: 2003

Medium: Stainless Steel

Dimensions: 150 x 150cm (x4)

Location: County Hall, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Red Carpet for a Town Hall

Date: 2006

Medium: Monofilament

Dimensions: 4.5 x 9m

Location: Town Hall, Dundalk, Co. Louth


Green Leaves

Date: 2008

Medium: Perspex®

Dimensions: Panel measures 178x60cm. Three panels.

Location: Ardee, Co. Louth

Untitled (suite of 12 works for Callystown National School)

For this project, Martina worked over a period of weeks with the students of Callystown NS to produce the pieces. They are based on a bog theme involving layers of colour, light, texture and patterns inspired by bog landscape. The children were given a Perspex® box and organic materials such as peat, moss, twigs, seeds and pieces of bog to work with. The artist says of the works

“from above they look like big colourful landscapes. Close up you can see butterflies and the textures of bog land. The children also created their own colours with lovely purples and peaches, golds and browns. They’re very beautiful, vivid creations.”

Date: 2006

Medium: Perspex ®

Dimensions: First series of works: 9, 20,20 & 12 tiles per work respectively. Each tile 30x30cm

Second series of works: 8 works, 4 works measure 84x 35cm (10 lengths of Perspex®each),

4 measure 30x35cm (3 lengths of Perspex each)

Location: Callystown National School, Clogherhead, Co. Louth


Date: 2008

Medium: Perspex®

Dimensions: 5 works. 3 x 24 tiles, 1 x 21 tiles, 1x 12 tiles. Each tile 30x30cm

Location: St. Oliver’s NS, Blackrock, Co. Louth