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Mountain Roads & Cosmic Existence: Chris Martin at Anton Kern Gallery, New York

"Double Frog Afternoon," 2017, by Chris Martin, Oil, acrylic, collage and glitter on canvas, 135 x 118 inches, (342.9 x 299.72 cm), at Anton Kern Gallery, New York
(Courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York / © Chris Martin)

American artist Chris Martin is often inspired by music and the natural landscapes that fill his world. This spring, art lovers can familiarize themselves with Martin’s latest large-scale paintings as they are now on display at Anton Kern Gallery in New York.

Martin’s work reflects his deep knowledge and love for the medium. He uses glitters with a multitude of colors and collaged images. While painting, Martin uses his whole body and paints from within the canvas. Sometimes his footprints appear on the surface of the canvas.

An important feature of Martin’s painting is his love for music of the 1970s. In one of his paintings, an image of young Bob Dylan appears floating upside down in space. Spirituality also plays an important role in his oeuvre. His paintings show the planets and other mystical substances relating to the human mind with spirituality. In one of his paintings, he depicted an Egyptian god in gold paint showing universality of spirituality. His work also shows a close relation with nature. He had spent summers in Catskill Mountains ever since his childhood and has his second studio there. His landscapes show mountain roads with the suggestion of cosmic existence.  

Chris Martin was born in 1954 in Washington, D.C. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He got Certificate of Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and B.F.A from Yale University, New Haven. His work has been included in collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the High Museum, Atlanta; the MCA Chicago; and the SF MoMA, San Francisco, among others. His paintings have been showcased in numerous solo exhibitions including the Sommer Gallery, Tel Aviv; VNH Galerie, Paris; and The Tennis Elbow, New York (all 2017).

Chris Martin’s work will be on show through April 7, 2018, at Anton Kern Gallery, 16 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022.

For details, visit: www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/anton-kern/overview

Click on the slideshow to have a sneak peek of the artist’s work.