He is one of the most important artists of the British contemporary scene. When he was still very young, he excelled among one of the most prolific generations from Goldsmith University (London) and began exhibiting in prestigious galleries including Lisson and Thaddaeus Ropac. One of the exhibitions that really made his name was his selection for the well-known and controversial Sensation (1997) organised by Saatchi at the Royal Academy of London, which launched a group of young British artists who rose to international fame. While Jason Martin acknowledges that his work is far removed from the arguments of the exhibition, he has been labelled one of the Young British Artists (YBA).
Jason Martin has developed his own style based on gestures and monochrome paintings. His desire to explore painting barriers has made him surpass common limits and delve into the potential of this artistic medium, giving his works an incredible sculptural strength. He superimposes layers of dry matt pigment that he applies on metallic surfaces with choreographic, meticulous brushstrokes. As a result, he creates tactile paintings of organic, variable inspiration that evoke waves and volcanic landscapes. Protruding masses of paint project out of the frames, providing his paintings with a physical and procedural nature. The artist himself - who often uses the movements of his own body and self-manufactured brushes - has described his works as journeys in movement he designs through a surface.
These works - painted with pure pigment - contrast with the artist' lighter, more delicate and sensual oil paintings. His oil creations depict extremely thin lines that look like extremely realistic combed hair and create the illusion of depth and translucence. In these works, the light that is captured and reflected off the shiny surface becomes the main feature.