The latest canvases have grown out of my constant search for new techniques and a further exploration of the figurative painting. The outcome gives the impression of a body of work already elaborated in the art world and a technique somewhat reminiscent of late nineteen-century French impressionism.
Frankly, I do not ascribe to either one simply because I was motivated by the expression of the image and not by the effects of light on the subject. In fact the images texture is intended to harmonize with the background's tonalities. In these paintings colour, space, and form are intimately interconnected, so that space is defined by the tonality of the canvas as a whole. The atmosphere, or space, then, becomes an integral part of the subject as communicated by the artist, and a separate entity that exists outside the canvas. However, at the same time, the subject is charged with an individual, emotive quality related to that particular image. In these compositions I have attempted to harmonize colour by separating space and form, and by letting the canvas to be reconstructed by its textured elements.
INTRODUCING THE ARTIST
Petros Martin has attended the Academy of Fine Art in Rome and Venice from 1975 to 1980 and he dedicated his studies and training in sculpture. Being educated in the cradle of Western culture has left a lasting impression in his work. In fact his consummate passion for drawing and his persistent search for pure form are a constant reminder of the influence of the great masters. By the sheer magic of few lines (a remnant of his training in sculpture) he combines the massive and delicate form of the subject with the textured abstract background, harmonizing thus the figurative with the abstract in well-balanced and indelible canvases. His minimalized conceptualism is anattempt to blend the grace and sensuality of the Renaissance masters with the many facets of contemporary abstract expressionism. In my opinion the classic and thecontemporary do meet in Martin's work. This is not an easy task to be accomplished. Since 1986 Petros has settled in Toronto, where he lives and continues to work. His art has found the favour od many art collectors and he is making his mark in the art world with his figurative paintings executed in an abstract style.
1975-1976 Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, Professor Fazzini
1977-1980 Academy of Fine Arts, Venice, Professor Cassani
1991 Atelier Georges Masse, Montreal (private study)
2001 EP-Galerie, Dusseldorf (forthcoming)
2000 International Engraving Salon, Florian Museum, Romania, invited artist
1999 Galerij Marc van Meensel, Zelem, Belgium
1999 Rebecca Gallery, Toronto
1998 360 Degree Gallery, Toronto
1998 Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago
1997 Aaron Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1997 Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Art Salon '97
1997 Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Image Matrix Print Exhibition
1997 Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, ON - The Diploma Collection
1997 Praxis Gallery, Toronto - Artists' Choice
1996 Gallery Birmingham, Birmingham, Mich.
1996 Alexander's Gallery, Tampa
1996 S.F. Feinman Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1996 The 4th International Biennial of Miniature Arts, Yugoslavia
1996 John Callahan Gallery, Boston
1996 Gallery Louise Smith, Toronto
1996 Carmel Gallery, Ottawa, ON
1995 Gallery 721, F. Lauderdale
1995 Gallery Birmingham, Birmingham, Michigan
1995 Roberts Gallery, Toronto C.S.P.W.
1995 Int. Exhibition of Prints, Kanagawa, Japan
1994 Carol Jones Gallery, Chicago
1993 Kunsthandel Kugel, Moers, Germany
1993 Franklin Carmichael Art Gallery, Toronto
1993 Sodarco International Art Exhibition, Montreal
1993 Gallery 306, Toronto, 7th open juried art competition - jurors choice award
1992 Kenan Center Gallery, Lockport, N.Y.
1992 Trojanowska Gallery, San Francisco
1991 Gallery 504, Toronto
1991 Muserotic Art Gallery, Toronto
1991 Swan Gallery, Stratford, ON
1991 Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, ON
1988 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec
1987 Del Bello Gallery, Toronto
1985 3rd Biennial, Venetian Artists' Cultural Centre, Venice
1984 Galleria d'Arte IN, Padua, Italy
1983 Museo del Folklore, Rome
1983 Concorso Internazionale d'Arte Bata,Museo Nazionale Leonardo da Vinci, Milan
1982 Ca'Giustinian, Venice
1982 Centro Artistico Culturale Guirnica, Pergini
1981 Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Florence
1981 Centro Culturale Artistico Veneziano
1980 65-Opera Bevilacqua Lamasa, Venice
1980 Accademia delle Belle Arti, Venice
Mary Bell Gallery, Chicago
Gallery Birmingham, Birmingham, Michigan
Carmel Gallery, Ottawa
Media:Acrylic on Canvas