Martin Donlin FMGP (b.1959) was born in Hockley, Essex to Irish immigrant parents and studied Architectural Stained Glass in Swansea, South Wales from 1984 to 1987.
The majority of the projects he produces are intended to work on a variety of levels, with bold images for impact yet containing small intricate details to be seen close up. His intention is to create artworks that are welcoming and accessible and do not alienate visitors or locals, but have a sensitivity and relevance to their environment. They are usually a direct response to the architecture and surroundings.
Source: Martin Donlin website
Martin Donlin and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers
The Worshipful Company of Glaziers was founded in 1328 and remains dedicated to the art and craft of stained glass. In recent times the emphasis has moved from the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and the support of continuing high standards.
A key part of this work has been the annual competition for young artists, which began in 1932 and which, since 1982, has operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition, the premier competition for stained glass artists in the UK.
Martin Donlin won an award from the Company in 1986 and subsequently went on to act as a Stevens Competition judge.