1954 · United States
Chris Martin is an American painter creating abstract works yet with an explicit reference to the outside world. Inspired by Piet Mondrian’s geometric patterns, Abstract Expressionism and, mostly, Pablo Picasso’s collages, Martin incorporates, besides paint, unconventional materials such as newspapers, glitter, vinyls, fruit skin, and household supplies, all resulting in extremely textured and haptics surfaces. He draws inspiration from a wide-ranging background and his paintings are scattered with natural and pop-cultural references, going from literature to film, and music, without countering with the abstract nature of his work. Moreover, they reveal a thoroughly conceived composition and aesthetics, despite the apparent spontaneity and playfulness of his practice. Born in Washington D.C., but living and working in New York since 1977, Chris Martin studied at Yale University from 1972 to 1975 and then obtained his BFA, Certificate of Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He won two National Endowment for Arts fellowships, in 1990 and 1993, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award in 1999, and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2002, among other honours. Scott has exhibited his artistic production throughout the United States, in several solo as well as group shows, and his work is held in public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Nerman Museum in Kansas City.