Lovably prolific: Chris Martin (again)

Chris Martin is like a god to young abstract painters, so when the lovably prolific maestro presents new work, celebration ensues. The raucous paintings in his current show at Mitchell-Innes & Nash don’t disappoint–they feature much of his familiar imagery and go-to materials like glitter, newspaper collage, and sewn-together tarps. Many of the ginormous paintings sport cutouts, one of which has become a resting place for a little gnome figurine. Here are a few detail shots I took when I stopped by the gallery, as well as the James Kalm Report of the opening reception.

Nap nook.
He paints the background of the hole to match the surface of the painting.
Records collaged onto a rug.
A small newsclipping is the focal point of this big aluminum foil piece.
Mushroom made from aluminum foil.
Stretcher behind the hole is painted to match the color on the surface.

Collaged images, one handdrawn, one from a children’s book.
The James Kalm Report:

Chris Martin,” Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY. Through March 3, 2012.

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  1. Thank you!
    Everyday, I meet with Two coats of paint and learn and learn! Chris Martin is really interesting.

  2. I have been a fan of Chris's work for around 6 years now. I was introduced to his work through the James Kalm Report. Chris makes this type of work look easy, however the depth and richness is timeless. His work will be relevant and contemporary for many years.

  3. Katherine Bradford

    Posting extreme close ups is a good idea. The paintings are enormous and loom over you

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