“I have always loved the related activities of drawing and printmaking. The drawings represent a more direct response to nature and all are done outside, in front of the motif. It is a challenge to deal with light and shade, space and atmosphere, and to find new compositions amongst such an endless multitude of forms. The prints are the opposite, and allow for a complete absorption in colour and abstraction free from any directly associated references. Drawing influences printmaking, which affects painting and so on, each practice constantly enriching and extending the other, and inspiring new work.”
Martyn has exhibited in USA, France and Spain as well as regular solo exhibitions at the Gallery of paintings and monoprints. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections throughout the world including The British Museum, Tate Britain, V&A Museum, Bournemouth Arts Institute and Bournemouth University (Collections). In 1997 Martyn had a large travelling retrospective exhibition starting at Russell Cotes Museum and Art Gallery in Bournemouth and coinciding with this a book was published written by Simon Olding.
A book on Martyn's monoprints from 1975–2007, written by Vivien Light and Simon Olding has now been published.