Christopher Martin is excited to announce Canvas Anew, an exhibition of fresh and new canvases exploring Modernism. Inspired by his development of Organic Expressionism, Martin shifts from his reverse signature technique back to painting on canvas in an effort to discover new facets of his artistic expression. The show will be presented in conjunction with a Focused Retrospective, a collection of limited edition prints of 20 key canvases painted over the last two decades.
With a career that spans over twenty years, artist Christopher Martin traditionally explored modern abstractions via the ancient medium of reverse glass painting. The technique, used in acrylic panels on present day, allows him to harness the forces of nature to achieve a depth and luminosity unattainable with traditional canvas. Although it is painting on canvas, the medium that allows Martin to focus on the evolution of his highly gestural expression and its historical roots. Through his abstract explorations on canvases, Christopher’s style has evolved to achieve a balance within the forces of modernist painting that inform his practice. People often recognize in Martin’s paintings the influences of Pollock’s action paintings, Rothko’s color fields, Barnett Newman’s zips, Kenneth Noland’s targets and Klimt’s exuberance with metallic pigments.
The natural shift from one medium to another sparks accelerated growth and marks quantum shifts in Martin’s career. For this reason a retrospective of twenty of his iconic works on canvas will be presented as limited edition collection of prints on small sizes. The intimacy of the focused retrospective experience, together with the new and fresh works on canvas, will bring Martin’s journey full circle and provide an insight onto the next period in his exciting artistic career.