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An artist making his way through mysterious places

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David Martin is a young artist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious Alastair Salvesen Travel Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy. He used this opportunity to undertake an epic journey from Cairo, through the Middle East on into Turkey and Eastern Europe, tracing a route of the development of Alchemy, and trying to capture something of the changing state of the places visited in sketches and writing. This work was developed into a critically acclaimed exhibition of paintings and drawings in the Royal Scottish Academy 2007. Now, turning his attention to the ancient religious cultures of what used to be called Abyssinia, he is tracing threads of connection between the world of tradition and superstition and contemporary Ethiopia and Eritrea, with their difficult history of conflict and issues of global poverty woven into the mix. The work developed from this will be exhibited n the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh in April/May 2009.