Grey, Black, and Brown

Vaguely suggestive of a musical score, this composition by Martin sets muted brown, dark grey, and black in a line of waves. Employing actual tire rubber dust to paint the black tones, the work seems to originate from the tire treads, although there are also deep poetic connotations in the lines that originate from Martin’s emotional associations with the music of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, and The Temptations.

About Chris Martin

Drawing on inspiration from Buddhism to Amy Winehouse, Chris Martin “lets the paintings make themselves” and creates bold abstract works that explore the unknowable psychological tendencies of art. His canvases are characterized by flat-yet-textured planes of saturated color, and will often incorporate found materials and highly personal paper ephemera. Works such as Untitled (2013) demonstrate the influence of Pablo Picasso's collages, and his canvases' strong geometries also elaborate a self-proclaimed attachment to Piet Mondrian. Martin's practice came of age in 1980s New York, which saw the explosion of the East Village art scene, led by Keith Haring, as well as the tragedy of the AIDS crisis.

American, b. 1954, Washington, D.C., based in Brooklyn, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2015
Chris Martin, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
2015
#crowdedhouse, Harper's Books, East Hampton