Optometrists exhibition is a glimpse into the eyes of top artist

Brian Tompkins and Sarah Martin
Brian Tompkins and Sarah Martin

A highly-regarded Northampton artist, who exhibited alongside photographer David Bailey in London, has displayed her work back in her hometown with a one-off pop-up exhibition.

Fine artist Sarah Martin, aged 31, exhibited her collection at The Garage @ 42 events space at Tompkins, Knight & Son Optometrists in Kingsley Road, Northampton.

Entitled “The Art of Letting Go!”, the collection featured a range of her abstract works using a technique she developed called chemical composition. She also displayed some of her more recent works exploring religious propaganda and the human condition.

She said: “I wanted to bring my work home. Although I’ve been exhibiting in London for the last few shows, I love Northampton. I’d like a lot more of my work in and around Northampton.

“Most of the pieces were created while exploring the human condition and darker subjects such as depression while making the work as fluid as possible.”

The exhibition was the first one to be held at The Garage @ 42 - a once derelict garage which was transformed into a versatile events space and state-of-the-art research and development laboratory equipped for 21st century optometry learning.

Practice owner Brian Tompkins said: “For 150 years TK&S has been at the forefront of eye health and the Garage @ 42 has given us the chance to explore new avenues. We have held pop-up restaurants and the space lent itself to an art exhibition perfectly.

“We’re proud to have helped bring Sarah’s work home and give the people of Northampton the chance to see art from a hometown girl.”

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