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Chris Martin
Chris Martin, 1954

Chris Martin (b. 1954, Washington, D.C.) is an American artist known for his vibrant, colorful paintings, which merge encyclopedic referentialism and figuration with painterly abstraction. Martin received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University and a certificate of art therapy from the School of Visual Arts, New York.
His paintings have been critically acclaimed for their immediacy and aesthetic diversity, fusing autobiographical elements with a wide-ranging visual lexicon grounded equally in pop cultural referents and twentieth-century art history. Martin’s focus on deep, layered colour fields, abstract forms and gestural brushstrokes can be seen as emerging out of the legacy of Abstract Expressionism and Colour Field painting, yet his radical use of non-traditional materials, such as craft glitter, collage and figuration is distinctly individualistic. Thematically, his paintings reflect the cycles of his wide range of personal interests, from astrology and rock music to Eastern religions, postwar European painting, philosophical texts.
Martin has been featured in dozens of significant solo exhibitions throughout his career, most recently 1979-1994 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY; The Eighties, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Chris Martin: Paris TAZ, VNH Gallery, Paris, France; Chris Martin: Works on paper, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium, and Saturn Returns, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (both, 2016). Significant museum exhibitions have included I was a double, curated by Ian Berry and David Lang, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Musem and Art (2014); Submarine Wharf - XXXL Painting; Klaas Kloosterboer, Chris Martin and Jim Shaw, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2013); Pure Freude, Nationalmuseum, Berlin, Germany (2011), and Aberrant Abstraction, Nerman Museum, Kansas City, Kansas (2009).


Seven Pointed Star for Amy Winehouse, 2020, Oil, alkyd, and collage on canvas
Trinidad Afternoon, 2019, Oil, acrylic, collage and glitter on canvas



Chris Martin – Timothy Taylor