Ned Martin (b: 1954) is an artist who’s paintings broach the conceptual question of representation and perception. Martin attended Towson University where he studied fine art, and finished with a formal training in art at the Schuler School of Art, in Baltimore. His work touches on the subjects of nature and community, and are an exploration of the natural world and the cellular connection to our psychic equilibrium. They are a balance between that which is obvious, and that which is abstract.
A unique aspect to his work, is his technique. The artist paints on reclaimed aluminum printing plates which were previously used in the production of newspapers and magazines. He meticulously builds his paint up into varying degrees of rich and luminous colors, while allowing residual imagery of the plates to show through in areas. This combination of both paint and residual plate imagery, forms a symbiotic composition which imbues the picture plane with considerable depth and allure.
Martin’s skill as a painter cannot be denied. Nothing is left to accident, and all aspects are carefully thought out. His ability to paint that which is literal and combine it with the abstract results in a visual language which is poetic in nature. Colors, shapes, and images collide and unite to create something greater as a whole. The overall result are paintings which are stunning, dynamic, and elegant in character. In one sense; they could also be regarded as artistic time capsules. Today the artist maintains a studio in Brooklyn.
What I Never Had Seen (oil on reclaimed aluminum) 36 x 36