Martin Leman


Throughout his long career, Leman has exhibited in countless exhibitions at highly esteemed galleries including the Royal Academy and the Mall Galleries. His work has even been exhibited in the exclusive Weston room during the RA’s Summer Exhibition.


For several years Leman taught at two of the most highly revered establishments within the art world - London College of Printing and St. Martin’s School of Art.


His skill has been recognised by prestigious royal societies as he was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 2007 and an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2010.


Possibly best known by the general public because of the publication of his many books of cat paintings, Leman became a household name in the 1980s and 90s. His first book of paintings, entitled ‘Comic & Curious Cats’ was published in 1979 alongside text from celebrated British writer Angela Carter. Since then he has had a further 28 books published, the dates of launch often coinciding with some of his 25 one-man shows.


Martin Leman was born in 1934 in London. He attended Art school in Worthing, which was followed by National Service in Egypt after which he studied at The Central School of Art and Design. Following his first one-man show in London in 1971 he quickly acquired a strong reputation within the international art market.


Leman’s work remains in great demand to this day with collectors around the globe and a particularly strong following in Asia. The most recent book to be published of his work is ‘Martin Leman, A World of His Own’ by Sansom & Company."