Paul Martinson

1956

Artist biography

Paul Martinson is considered as a well established. Paul Martinson was born in 1956. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are José Vicente Barrachina Sanchis, Jean-Louis Kolb, Catherine Ludeau, Ronald Habraken, and Criss Patik.

Further Biographical Context for Paul Martinson

Born in 1956, Paul Martinson's creative work was largely influenced by the 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was characterized by a longing to grow and reinforce itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further considerations on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists drifting through the downtown scene, frequenting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European ideas of phenomenology, allied with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the boundaries between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to give life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Paul Martinson

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