Martin Harrison-Priestman was born in London, England and studied fine art, life- drawing, printmaking and design at Goldsmiths University College, London College of Printing and The Royal College of Art between the years of 1976 – 1984. After graduating he continued to develop his work as a practising artist and started to exhibit in London. In 1989 and again in 1990 he was specially chosen by the late famous London Evening Standard newspaper’s Art Critic Brian Sewell to be included in his selection of up and coming promising young artists to watch out for in ‘The Discerning Eye Exhibition’.Then tragedy hit when his late Father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and he became his full-time carer until he passed away. During this demanding and immensely difficult time, he withdrew from the Art scene and stopped exhibiting altogether. After he lost both his parent’s to chronic illnesses he returned to his passion and started painting again. He was soon shortlisted both in 2014 and 2017 for the prestigious B.P Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Before coming to Istanbul he lived and worked both in Tokyo between 1993 – 1995 and in Berlin between the years of 2003 – 2005. Arriving in Istanbul in 2011 as a qualified EFL Berlitz English language teacher he worked for them for one year. After that, he started teaching painting at Özyeğin University and was also visiting Painting lecturer for two years at Soho House Istanbul. Since then he has continued to paint and develop his own work as a practising fine artist, he is currently working towards a one-man show of his work in London.
Martin Harrison-Priestman’s paintings are in various private collections throughout the world including London, New York, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Tokyo, Chicago, Madrid, Melbourne, Toronto, Buenos Aires, and Zurich.