Docklands Print Commission: Colin Martin – ‘Vinyl Factory’


Colin Martin RHA 'Vinyl Factory' Etching 2016


The 2016 Docklands Print Commission was made possible by the support of Savills and Oaktree Capital, TIO ICAV.  Artist Colin Martin made this etching, ‘Vinyl Factory’,  from his series on the Masterlabs recording studio in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands.  Thanks to the support from the sponsors all the proceeds of sales were used to fund the Docklands Arts Fund Small Grants Open Call in May 2017.

Colin Martin was born in 1973. He graduated in Fine Art Painting in 1994 and did a post graduate year in printmaking in 2005. He completed an MFA in NCAD in 2010. He lives and works in Dublin.

Colin is principal of the RHA School Board, and a part time lecturer at the National College of Art and Design. In 2008 he was elected as an associate member of the RHA and has been the recipient of numerous Awards including, 2008 Thomas Dammann Travel Award, 2007/ 2004 Visual Arts Bursary Arts Council of Ireland, 2005 Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, 2005 RHA Hennessy Craig Scholarship, 2004 Golden Fleece Merit Award, 2004 Travel Bursary Arts Council of Ireland, 2000 Tony O’ Malley Travel Award.

Colin Martin is included in several important public and corporate collections including the OPW, AIB, Kelly’s Hotel Rosslare, Boyle Civic Collection, Chester Beatty Library and ESB.

The ‘Vinyl Factory’ refers to Masterlabs, which started life as ‘Digital Pigeon Mastering’ in 1996 located at ‘The Factory’ in Dublin’s Ringsend. It was the first dedicated mastering suite in Ireland. After a successful start Masterlabs was formed, based at Windmill Lane Recording Studios working with some of the best Irish and International talent. Masterlabs is now based In East Wall, this time in a purpose built mastering suite, built from the ground up to exacting specifications. Over the years Aidan Foley and the team at Masterlabs, have racked up over forty Gold and Platinum records and have had the privilege to work with some of the worlds top selling artists and record companies.

Colin’s collaboration with Graphic Studio Dublin gives us an insider’s peek at the interior of the Vinyl Factory, Masterlabs.  It is a terrific way to celebrate Dublin Dockland’s music and art traditions, while also putting your funds back into the making of more art in 2017.

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