Shantell Martin

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Shantell Martin
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Shantell May Martin

(1980-10-01) October 1, 1980 (age 38)
EducationCentral Saint Martins
Known forVisual Arts

Shantell Martin (British, born October 1, 1980) is a visual artist best known for her large scale, black-and-white drawings.[1] She performs many of her drawings for a live audience. Born in Thamesmead, London,[2] Martin lives and works in New York.[3] Along with exhibitions and commission for museums and galleries, Martin frequently works on international commercial projects, both private and public.

Early years and education[edit]

Shantell Martin was born in East London and studied at Bexleyheath School in Kent, London. After a year at Camberwell College of Arts, Martin was admitted to Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London, England.[4] She graduated with honors in 2003.

After graduation, she lived in Japan where she first experimented with live performance art as a visual jockey. From 2006 to 2009, Martin developed her drawing skills through “liveography”—the process of projecting live drawings to sound, music or other experience.[5] She performed at music concerts, design festivals and in public spaces internationally.


External video
Martin gives a short talk about her work, 2012

In 2008, Martin moved to New York. This period marked the next phase of her career, where she began to focus primarily on physical drawing.

Her first solo exhibition, Continuous Line,[6] was held at Black and White Gallery in Williamsburg, New York, and, her first solo museum show ARE YOU YOU opened at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn.[7] This was followed by Black and White, a collaboration in embroidery with her grandmother, featured as a part of the Brooklyn Museum group show, Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond,[8] in 2015. In New York City, she has exhibited at Studio 301, Milk Gallery, Museum of the Moving Image, and 3 Howard Street. She has also exhibited at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.

She staged a live drawing installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for a private event.[9]

Martin has had residencies at 92nd Street Y's Milton J. Weill Art Gallery, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (in collaboration with Art Production Fund), Summit Series in Utah, Clark College in Washington, and Autodesk in San Francisco.

Since 2013, Martin is an adjunct assistant professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.[10] She teaches the course, "Drawing on Everything."[11] Martin was previously a visiting scholar and research affiliate at MIT Media Lab, Social Computing group (2011–2017).[12] She is a 2018-2019 advisory board member for the Climate Museum in New York[13] and an ambassador for the Global Poverty Project.[14] In 2014, she participated in Sundance Institute's New Frontier.[15] She is also a fellow at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University.

In addition to contributing to a body of work, Martin is a public figure. In 2012, her Bedford-Stuyvesant bedroom and artwork were featured in the New York Times' Home and Garden Section.[16] Her personal style has been documented in Vogue Magazine,[17] and the New Yorker Magazine created on a short video on her creative process in 2014, called Follow the Pen.[18]


In 2016, Martin collaborated with Kendrick Lamar for a 75-minute performance at Art Basel in Miami.[19] She worked with Puma for three separate collaborations, PUMA x SHANTELL MARTIN. In 2018, for her third collaboration, Puma stage a pop-up on Canal Street in New York City.[20][21] She has also collaborated with Tiffany & Co., Vespa, and 1800 Tequila, as part of the tequila company's Essential Artists series.[22] For Kelly Wearstler, she created a mural for the Melrose Avenue boutique and a line of clothing and furniture.[23]


Martin has a current commission in the lobby of the New York City Ballet as part of their annual Art Series.[24][25] and a permanent mural for and Young & Rubicam's Manhattan headquarters.


WAVE: A Journey Through the Sea of Imagination for the Adventurous Colorist, was published by TarcherPerigee, as a nine-foot long coloring book with the artist's black-and-white line drawings. The book was created from a series of micro-detailed drawings in a series of 27 notebooks.[26]


  1. ^ Arnold, Liz (2012-05-23). "A Brooklyn Artist Free-Associates on Her Walls". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  2. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary; Feitelberg, Rosemary (2018-07-24). "Artist Shantell Martin Talks Thamesmead, Cultural Appropriation, Puma Collaboration". WWD. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  3. ^ "Shantell Martin: And The Art Of Spontaneity | Brooklyn Magazine". Brooklyn Magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  4. ^ "Influential Voices: An Interview with Artist Shantell Martin". BOOOOOOOM!. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  5. ^ "Shantell Martin's Buffalo Mural". The Public. 2017-06-03. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  6. ^ "Upcoming Events | NYC: Shantell Martin: Continuous Line – Opening at Black & White Gallery | The Couch Sessions". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  7. ^ "A Studio Visit With Artist Shantell Martin". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  8. ^ "Brooklyn Museum: Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  9. ^ Betker, Ally. "Shantell, Inc: Meet Collaboration Queen Shantell Martin". W Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  10. ^ "Shantell Martin". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  11. ^ "Shantell Martin". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  12. ^ "Shantell Martin | MIT Media Lab". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  13. ^ "Advisory Council". The Climate Museum. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  14. ^ The Global Poverty Project (2014). "Global Poverty Project 2014 Annual Review (p 29)" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  15. ^ "ANNUAL REPORT FISCAL YEAR 2014" (PDF). Sundance Institute.
  16. ^ Arnold, Liz (2012-05-23). "A Brooklyn Artist Free-Associates on Her Walls". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  17. ^ "A Studio Visit With Artist Shantell Martin". Vogue. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  18. ^ "Video: Follow the Pen". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  19. ^ "Shantell Martin — Work: x Kendrick Lamar for Miami Art Basel". Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  20. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary; Feitelberg, Rosemary (2018-07-24). "Artist Shantell Martin Talks Thamesmead, Cultural Appropriation, Puma Collaboration". WWD. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  21. ^ "Puma and Shantell Martin unveil debut collection | IOL". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  22. ^ "Shantell Martin Uses Her Pen to Push the Parameters of Perfection". PAPER. 2018-05-25. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  23. ^ "Shantell Martin is Drawing on Kelly Wearstler Products". Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  24. ^ Cooper, Michael (2019-01-24). "When These Lines Are Drawn, Artist and Dancers Connect". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  25. ^ "New York City Ballet's Art Series Presents Shantell Martin". Hyperallergic. 2019-01-10. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  26. ^ Popova, Maria (2016-08-11). "Wave: A Most Unusual Coloring Book by English Artist Shantell Martin, Inspired by Life in Japan". Brain Pickings. Retrieved 2019-03-03.

Further reading[edit]

Lawson, Sarah (2015-10-14). "Business Models For A Modern Artist". Fast Company.

"THE NEW WAVE: SHANTELL MARTIN". Elle Canada. 2016-02-02.

Dylan-Robbins, Sky (2013-11-23). "Video: Follow the Pen". The New Yorker.

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