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GR Martin

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20150604193146-preacher
Preacher, 2015 Arylic/Canvas 36x42
20150604174922-khurim
Khurim, 2014 Arylic/Canvas 32x40
20150604175156-incarnate
Incarnate, 2014 Acrylic/Canvas 22x32 © 2014
20150604174959-untethered
Untethered, 2012 Acrylic/Canvas 24x36 © 2012
20150604175037-adagio_fb
Dior , 2015 Acrylic/Canvas 24x30 © 2015
20150604180117-deliverance
Deliverance, 2015 Acrylic/Canvas 40x60 © 2015
20150604180735-highplains
High Plains, 2012 Acrylic/Canvas 40x60 © 2012
20150604180743-minervasowl
Minerva's Owl, 2012 Acrylic/Canvas 40x60 © 2012
20150604180751-release
Release, 2012 Acrylic/Canvas 40x60 © 2012
20150604182702-country_mirth
Country Mirth, 2012 Acrylic/Canvas 40x60 © 2012
20150604182817-midwinterspring
Mid-Winter Spring, 2012 Acrylic/Canvas 38x48 © 2012
20150604180542-photo
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Marin County
Birth year
1969
Lives in
San Anselmo
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
University of California Santa Cruz, 1992, BA
Representing galleries
Hanson - Sausalitio, Slate Contemporary - Oakland, SFA Taipei Taiwan
Tags
Greg, martin, gr, ballast, California, butterflies, ucello, surreal, emergence
Statement

In the spectrum of play between history and fiction, the work of painter GR Martin is ostensibly on the fictional end. However, the realism of his technique, the quotidian nature of the objects that populate his paintings, and the ambiguity of his scenes, haunt the viewer with questions. Channeling elements of surrealism, fairytale, and Andrew Wyeth, Martin’s paintings often take very domestic, interior-focused scenes and set them in exposed, deserted fields. In both The Door We Never Opened and Morning Bell, the viewer is left adrift, asking what are his (mostly female) characters up to? How did they end up here? Are they free or trapped? What will happen next? 

Martin’s scenes appear as staged tableaux, with sets and costumes that are seemingly essential to whatever mysterious tale is being hinted at, but not fully explained. Clouds populate the sky, muting the light and hinting a the possibility of an impending storm. Lodged in a state of limbo, there are a million ways that these stories could have begun and could still end.

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