Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin

born 1969 in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Lives in Dallas, TX

Biography

Though his technique traces back to the 14th century, Christopher Martin’s approach to "Verre Églomisé" is entirely modern. A self-taught artist, Christopher coaxes layers of sheer pigment and water to achieve his vision ~ harnessing brushes, wind, heat, and gravity. Describing his technique, of painting in reverse on acrylic panels, Christopher says, "Every layer of paint has a high influence on the one behind it as opposed to a flat covering stroke. It’s often around thirty layers of paint that fuse together." Finding inspiration in nature has fueled his motivation. "When you observe the veining in a slab of marble, or the alternating colors in petrified wood and other natural creations, they are all inherently poetic and attuned to the laws of abstraction. Study them closely, and you’ll identify compositions of abstraction. Being surrounded by these natural masterpieces in Colorado is a constant source of inspiration.” In the twenty years since he began painting, his works have been sought for corporate and private collections nationally and internationally. In 2012, he celebrated the completion and installation of a 120-ft. painting aptly titled, "Velocity," consisting of 15 consecutive panels for the Formula One Racetrack, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.

Artist's Statement

My artwork takes an interpretative view of natural patterns. Through my paintings I seek to create an organic development of form, depth and color working together to create a unique expression. Organic Expressionism, is a succinct way to describe my process. I start with a clear acrylic panel and apply heat, wind, water, brush and pigment in a reverse order to create my paintings. In reverse glass the artist works from foreground to the background, the initial strokes being the most imperative and the final being of very little consequence; inverse of a canvas. By engaging forms of interlaced ovals, linear movement, arcs and fields of color, I seek to produce a unique visual expression in each painting. As a botanist crosses variant orchids to create beautiful new strain, I fuse various applications, and forms to evolve my paintings. In the end I paint to create a strong aesthetically engaging presence, that evokes a calm excitement of natural beauty. –Christopher Martin

Exhibitions

2016Context Art MIami - Miami, FL
SOFA - Chicago, CO
Art Aspen - Aspen, CO
Art Hamptons - Hamptons, NY
Reflections - Christopher Martin Gallery - Dallas, TX
AD Home Design Show - New York, NY
Art Wynwood  - Miami, FL
Laura Rathe Fine Art - Focus- Houston, TX
2015Context Miami - Miami, FL
Art Aspen - Aspen, CO
Art Hamptons - Hamptons, NY
Laura Rathe Fine Art - Twenty Years - Houston, TX
Art Wynwood  - Miami, FL
2014Context Art Aspen - Aspen, CO
Context Miami - Miami, FL
Art Hamptons - Hamptons, NY
Art Southampton - Southampton, NY
The McLoughlin Gallery - Organic Fusion - San Francisco, CA
Art Wynwood - Miami, FL
2013Context Art Miami - Miami, FL
Unique Dialogue - Galerie Mondapart - Paris, France
Houston Fine Art Fair - Houston, TX
Laura Rathe Fine Art - Luna - Houston, TX
Art Aspen - Aspen, CO
Art Southampton - Southampton, NY
Personal Structures Time, Space & Existence I 55th Venice Biennale I Venice, Italy
Scope Basel I Basel, Switzerland
Palette to Palate - Laguna Art Museum - Laguna, CA
Art Wynwood I Miami, FL
2012McLoughlin Gallery ViscosityI San Francisco, CA
Houston Fine Art Fair I Houston, TX
Laura Rathe | Opening Reception I Houston, TX
Private Exhibition I Watermill, NY
2011Opening Reception | FLOW I KM Fine Arts I Chicago, IL
2010Red Dot Miami - Miami, FL
2009Laura Rathe Fluid Dynamics - Houston, TX
2008Art Expo Winner Best Solo Artist - Las Vegas, NV
Art Now - Miami Beach, FL
Laura Rathe Fine Art - Houston, TX
Laguna Fine Art - Laguna Beach, CA
Alan Avery Art - Atlanta, GA
Phillip Morton Gallery - Rehoboth Beach, DE
Art Expo - New York, NY
Laura Rathe Fluid Dynamics - Houston, TX
Red Dot Fair - Miami, FL
Art Expo Winner Best Solo Artist - Las Vegas, NV
Art Now - Miami Beach, FL
Laura Rathe Fine Art - Houston, TX
Laguna Fine Art - Laguna Beach, CA
Alan Avery Art - Atlanta, GA
Phillip Morton Gallery - Rehoboth Beach, DE
Art Expo - New York, NY
2007Chemers - Anaheim, CA
Tamera Reigel - Las Vegas, NV
Art Expo - Las Vegas, NV
Kodner Gallery ìMosaicî - Saint Louis, MO
2006Cerrito Fine Art - Oakland, CA
2005Kodner Art Gallery ìSpectrumî - Saint Louis, MO
Art Works Fellowship Holland Hall - Tulsa, OK
2004Simmons Gallery ìLiquidî - San Francisco, CA
2002Milan Gallery - Fort Worth, TX
Beekman Gallery - New York, NY
2001Kodner Gallery - Saint Louis, MO
Gallery Soho - Palm Desert, CA
Michael Levy Gallery - Long Beach, CA
Palm Springs International Fair - Palm Springs, CA
Austin Modern Art Gallery - Austin, TX
2000Ken Elias Fine Art - Palm Beach, FL
Art Expo - New York, NY
1997Hooshang Gallery - Santa Fe, NM
Selected Beaux Arts Ball - Dallas Museum of Art
Florence Art Gallery - Dallas, TX
Milan Gallery - Fort Worth, TX
Neiman Marcus Spring Art Show - Dallas, TX
1996Southwest Art Gallery - Dallas, TX
Hemisphere Gallery - Dallas & Houston, TX
1995The MAC - Dallas, TX

Collections

Met Life - Houston, TX
Omni Hotel - Dallas, TX
Circuit of the Americas - Austin, TX
Former President George Bush Sr. - Houston, TX
Hillwood Company - Dallas, TX
Mirage Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Beverly Hills, CA
Ritz Carlton - Tucson, AZ
Deloite & Touche - Dallas, TX
Anheuser Busch - St. Louis, MO
Vincent and Elkins - Dallas - Houston - Washington
Motorola - Austin, TX
Cushman Wakefield - Dallas - New York
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Westin - Napa Valley, CA
Equinox Gym & Spa - Dallas, TX
Nordstrom - Portland, OR
Boeing Areospace - St. Louis, MO
Mandarin Oriental - Dallas, TX
Wachovia - Houston, TX
Stroz Friedberg - Dallas, TX - Chicago, TX
Starbucks - Seattle, WA
Gensler Architecture - Dallas, TX
Adera Inc. - Stockholm, Sweden
Hyatt Hotels - Dallas, TX - Key West, FL
American Financial International - Houston, TX
Mercantile - Dallas, TX
Palms Steakhouse - Palm Springs, CA
Lazarus Property - Dallas, TX
Verve Communications Inc.- Dallas, TX
Ameri-First Securities - Dallas, TX
Oxy Medical, Inc. - Dallas, TX
Arcturus Corporation - Dallas - New York
Credit Unions, Inc. - Phoenix, AZ
Penbrook Capital, Inc. - Dallas, TX
SCA Technologies, Inc. - Dallas, TX
North Texas Wind Symphony - Dallas, TX
Blake Agency, Inc. - Chicago, IL
Art Source, Inc. - Chicago, IL
1401 Elm Place Commission - Dallas, TX
Budco - San Antonio, TX
Wachovia - Houston, TX
1505 Elm - Dallas, TX
McKinney One Place - Dallas, TX
Metallo Design - Hong Kong
Thirty Thirty Bryan - Dallas, TX
Raging Wire - Ashburn, VA
Weinberg Properties - New York City, NY
Vess Oil Corporation - Dallas, TX

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