Christopher Martin in Studio - Photographed by Tara Marolda

Christopher Martin /   Christopher H. Martin

United States 1969

Abstract Art

Christopher Martin
Christopher H. Martin
United States
April 22, 2019
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Christopher H. Martin’s large-scale abstract paintings are painted directly onto the verso of acrylic surfaces. Each painting is executed in reverse order, from foreground to background. The technique, historically known as “Verre Églomisé”, traces back to the 14th century; but Martin’s development of this technique is indeed novel. He layers solutions of acrylic paint and metallic pigments onto the back surface, alternating with drying cycles that mimics nature. Around thirty layers of paint fuse together to create depth and complexity. Each layer ends up having a high influence on the one behind it. He refers to his style of painting abstractions in reverse as “Organic Expressionism.”

Christopher Martin -Aria Noir Collection, 2018, acrylic on acrylic, 88 x 255 in
Christopher Martin – Aria Noir Collection, 2018. Acrylic on acrylic. 88 x 255 in

Martin’s abstractions might seem as if they have formed in nature but undoubtedly they have a painterly presence. His inspiration comes from the likes of water reflections, moss, wood grain, marble, bamboo, snowflakes, and tree branches to name a few. Martin investigates the world around him, through observations in nature and photographic records of some elements. These investigations form the basis for his painting studies. In his works, Martin aims to transmit the inherent visual poetry in nature to convey a calm power and atmospheric presence thus emphasizing Nature’s abstract nuances. Martin explains:

My works are a challenge to me on many levels. I seek a balance between organic formation with a painterly construct. I aim to create an organic development of form, depth, and color working together to create a unique expression.”

Christopher Martin - Aroha, 2018, acrylic on acrylic, 48 x 94 in
Christopher Martin – Aroha, 2018. Acrylic on acrylic. 48 x 94 in

Martin established his first studio gallery in Dallas in 1995, where he achieved notoriety among corporate and private collectors. Martin has shown in Basel, Berlin, Paris, Aspen, Austin, Bridgehampton, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Laguna Beach, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, Santa Fe, and San Francisco. In 2012, the Formula One racetrack Circuit of The Americas commissioned Martin to create a 120 ft. painting, the largest work of its type in the world. In 2013, Martin’s reverse paintings were included in the 55th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition, “Personal Structures: Time, Space and Existence.”

Christopher Martin - Pantheon, 2015, acrylic on honed acrylic, 96 x 96 in
Christopher Martin – Pantheon, 2015. Acrylic on honed acrylic. 96 x 96 in

Martin makes his home in Aspen, with a serene backdrop of coniferous trees, crisp air, and expansive outdoor space. Nature continues to be as much a part of his daily life, as it is part of his work.

Featured image: Christopher Martin in Studio. Photographed by Tara Marolda
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2019Martin + MiddlebrookChristopher Martin Gallery, New York Duo
2019Art WynwoodChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2018Scope Miami BeachChristopher Martin Gallery, New York Solo
2018InizioChristopher Martin Gallery, New York Group
2018OrkoChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasSolo
2018Small WorksChristopher Martin Gallery, Santa FeGroup
2018American HeartsChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasSolo
2018Art New YorkChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2018Art WynwoodChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2018Palm Beavh Modern + ContemporaryChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2017Context Art MiamiChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2017SevensChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasSolo
2017Art AspenChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2017Grand ExpansionChristopher Martin Gallery, AspenGroup
2017Aria Laura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonSolo
2017AkiChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasSolo
2017Art New YorkChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2017Art Boca RatonChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2017Art WynwoodChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2016Context Art MiamiChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2016SOFAChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2016Vitreous212 GallerySolo
2016Art AspenChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2016Natural PatternsThe La Jolla GallerySolo
2016ReflectionsChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasDuo
2016Summer SolsticeChristopher Martin Gallery, AspenGroup
2016Art HamptonsChase Edwards ContemporarySolo
2016AD Home Design ShowChase Edwards ContemporaryDuo
2016Art WynwoodChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2016Focus Laura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonSolo
2015Context Art MiamiChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2015Houston Fine Art FairLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonDuo
2015Canvas AnewChristopher Martin Gallery, AspenSolo
2015Twenty YearsChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasSolo
2015Art San DiegoThe La Jolla GalleryGroup
2015Art HamptonsChristopher Martin GalleryDuo
2015Twenty YearsLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonSolo
2015Art WynwoodLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonGroup
2015PreludeChristopher Martin Gallery, Santa FeGroup
2015Art AspenChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2014Context Art MiamiThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2014PrismaticsChristopher Martin Gallery, DallasSolo
2014Art HamptonsThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2014Art SouthamptonThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2014Organic FusionThe McLoughlin GallerySolo
2014Art WynwoodThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2014Art AspenThe McLoughlin GallerySolo
2013Context Art MiamiThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2013Art SouthamptonThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2013Unique DialogThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2013Houston Fine Art FairLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonDuo
2013LunaLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonSolo
2013Personal Structures55th Venice Biennale, Colateral Exhibtion Group
2013Scope BaselThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2013Palette to PaletteLaguna Art MuseumGroup
2013ViscosityThe McLoughlin GallerySolo
2013Art WynwoodThe McLoughlin GalleryGroup
2012Houston Fine Art FairLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonGroup
2012Opening ReceptionLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonGroup
2012In PrivateChristopher Martin Gallery, WatermillSolo
2011FlowKM Fine Arts, ChicagoGroup
2010Red Dot MiamiChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2009Fluid DynamicsLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonSolo
2009Red Dot MiamiChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2008Art ExpoChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2008Art NowChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2008Here & NowLaura Rathe Fine Art, HoustonGroup
2008UnknownLaguna Fine ArtGroup
2008UnknownAlan Avery ArtGroup
2008UnknownPhilip Morton GalleryGroup
2008Art ExpoChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2007Art ExpoChristopher Martin GallerySolo
2007MosaicKodner Art GalleryGroup
2006UnknownCerrito Fine ArtGroup
2005SpectrumKodner Art GalleryGroup
2004LiquidSimmons GallerySolo
2002UnknownMilan GalleryGroup
2002UnknownBeekman GalleryGroup
2002UnknownKodner Art GalleryGroup
2001UnknownGallery SohoGroup
2001UnknownMichael Levy GalleryGroup
2001Palm Springs International Art FairChristopher Martin GalleryGroup
2001UnknownAustin Modern Art GalleryGroup
2000UnknownKen Elias Fine ArtGroup
2000UnknownArt ExpoGroup
1998UnknownHooshang GalleryGroup
1997UnknownDallas Museum of ArtGroup
1997UnknownFlorence Art GalleryGroup
1997UnknownMilan GalleryGroup
1996UnknownSouthwest Art GalleryGroup
1996UnknownHemisphere GalleryGroup
1995UnknownThe MACGroup