Events & Exhibitions

Martin Kinnear: Landscapes of the North

12th October 2021 to 31st October 2021

We are delighted to welcome back Martin Kinnear for his third exhibition at Tennants this Autumn, ahead of the opening of a major exhibition of his paintings at the Bowes Museum in January 2022.

The international award-winning artist will present a new show of classically inspired contemporary oils of the Northern Landscape. Although better known for his colourful contemporary works, Kinnear has long taught classical oils to his students in his role as one of the UK’s leading painting tutors. In this exhibition Kinnear brings a selection of inspiring Dales landscapes, full of vitality and with a hint of the sublime, all worked with Kinnear’s deft and confident touch.


About the artist

Martin ‘Lefty’ Kinnear (b. 1969), is an oil painter from the industrial valley of Burnley and Pendle in East Lancashire. His works about the people we have become and places we inhabit in post-industrial modern Britain, have won him international acclaim, including a prestigious Medaille d’ Argent at his first Paris Salon in 2018. Martin has exhibited with prestigious societies including the ROI, the RBA, at the Discerning Eye, several Affordable Art Fairs, and most recently again by invitation, in the 2019 Paris Salon with the Societie Nationale des Beaux Arts.

In 2019 he was commissioned to create a solo show by The Bowes Museum to follow up their show by Hockney and their landmark retrospective on Norman Cornish. Kinnear’s show Regeneration will run from January to April 2022, having been delayed by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Paralysed on his left-hand side by a stroke at the age of 34, Kinnear is actively and passionately committed to the role of art in therapy and regeneration. Describing himself as ‘possibly the best one-armed painter in Wensley’ he is a patron of several stroke societies and champions personal development through art in his capacity as founder of the Norfolk Painting School.


21st October 10am

Martin Kinnear will be giving a live painting demonstration at The Garden Rooms at Tennants, which will be streamed live on the Norfolk Painting School’s Facebook page (link: ).  (Seat for watching the demonstration live have now sold out)

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