Martin Bentham has been a full-time professional artist since graduating from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1985.
Primarily a figurative painter, Martin prefers to work directly from his subjects, which are mostly derived from the people and landscape of the Mendip Hills, where he lives.
He has held successful biennial one man shows since 1993 and has exhibited at numerous, notable selected exhibitions including the Royal Academy and the Royal West of England Academy. Martin was awarded the Daler-Rowney Oil Painting Prize in 2007 at the RWA Autumn Exhibition and won the Viewer's Choice Award at the 2008 Exhibition.
He was elected an Academician of the RWA in January 2009.
Martin Bentham's paintings are in many private collections throughout the world.