Martin Huxter was born in Great Wakering, Essex, in 1960, and studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic , Nottingham. His work has featured at the BP Portrait Award; the Jerwood Drawing Prize; and the John Moores Painting Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, where he was a prizewinner.
Before returning to the UK in 2011 he lived for seventeen years in Vienna, organizing several themed exhibitions with specially commissioned work by artists from a number of different countries. One of these was God: The Fossil Record at the Stadtmuseum Sankt Poelten, which marked the bi-centenary of Charles Darwin’s birth.
Awarded an Arts Council UK grant in 2013 he travelled to Nuenen in Holland, and inspired by Van Gogh’s Nuenen period painted a series of portraits, from life, of members of the local community. This series, New Potato Eaters, includes portraits of the descendants of Van Gogh’s models.
He lives and works in North Yorkshire, and his studio is exactly two hundred miles from London and two hundred miles from Edinburgh, which sounds significant but probably isn’t.