Martine Poppe (b. 1988, Norway) lives and works in London, Oslo and Paris. Poppe graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with a BA and an MFA in 2011 and 2013 respectively. The artist’s source materials, which are often photographs or textiles, instigate her process of negotiating the boundaries between abstraction and representation. Poppe's paintings carry the effects of diffracted light and overexposed photography, as well as the pixilation of blown-up digital images. Sometimes she affixes the source material behind translucent fabrics on stretchers, creating a screen that she can see through and work on with paint. At other times, she tears and scrunches it up, or reshapes it as standing barriers in the exhibition space. Poppe’s works are developed from the fluidity between the different materials she employs, opening the work up for the viewer to situate themselves within the boundaries and expectations that her practice negotiates.
Solo exhibitions include (upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2023); A piece of me, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2021); Pause, C O U N T Y, Palm Beach, Florida (2021), To Be Announced at Buer Gallery, Oslo (2021); Zima Blue, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin (2020), Waiting for Y at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2019), Artmonte Carlo with VI, VII, Monaco (2019) and Portraits of trees at Trafo Kunsthall, Norway (2018-2019).
Group exhibitions include Art Paris Art Fair, Paris, France (2022); Girl meets girl, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Norway (2022); Oslo Design Fair, Lillestrøm, Norway (2021); Sorgenfri Skulpturpark, Sorgenfri, Oslo, Norway (2020); Art on a postcard, The Allbright, London, United Kingdom (2020); 2084, Cable Factory/Valssaamo, Helsinki (2020), Artist Rooms with Encounter Contemporary at Copeland Gallery; Carousel at Koppel Project Central, London (2019); ALAC, Los Angeles (2019); LISTE, VI, VII, Basel, Switzerland (2018); Slippage: Performative utterances in painting, cur. Lucy von Goetz and Oliver Morris-Jones, Post Institute, London, United Kingdom (2018); Aphrodite lowers her mirror, with James Alec Hardy, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin (2018); Studio Spring at CCA Andratx, Spain (2018); Between the lines, The Women’s Museum and Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway (2018); New Order II: British Art Today at the Saatchi Gallery, London (2014).
Highlights and collections. Martine Poppe’s works can be found in the collections of UK Government Art Collection (UK), the Kistefos Museum (Norway), NRK (Norway), the Saatchi Collection (UK), University College London (UK), Oxford University (UK), CCA Andratx (Spain), House of St. Barnabas (UK) and KODE Museums (Norway); Saatchi Collection (UK); UCL Art Collection (UK); University of Oxford Collection (UK); NRKs Kunstsamling (Norway), House of St. Barnabas Collection (UK) Benetton Collection (Italy), CCA Andratx (Spain).