To achieve works rich in exceptional color, Ned
Martin meticulously grinds his own paints. From afar, Martin’s paintings
appear photo-real. Upon close examination, worm-shaped, nonsensical
marks of paint delight the viewer.
I have painted since early childhood and although I was a Fine
Arts major at Towson State University in Maryland, then went on to study
at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, I consider myself
The experiences of painting on the River Seine in
Paris and in the fields of Scotland have provided additional inspiration
and beget success of exhibitions in numerous galleries in Baltimore as
well as New York, Toronto, Barcelona and Florence.
So many times, (while I paint)
people look at my art in progress and say, “Are you done yet? It looks
finished to me.” And I laugh and keep painting. Why I put down
thousands of little marks of paint and then break them up and scratch
through them (with a palette knife or anything hard) only to add more and more… I
cannot say. I just know I have learned to let go, much like skydiving
and learning to enjoy that feeling of falling.
I live and paint in
Mid-town Manhattan during the week and live and paint in rural Central
PA during the extended weekends. I am blissfully stuck in my two worlds;
simply cannot live in one without the other. My paintings are a
reflection of the dichotomy: very photo-real and calming when viewed
from afar, contemporary, abstract, maniacal when examined closely.
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