Kline is an American painter, draughtsman, and sculptor, though these three
practices can sometimes blend into a single artwork. Trained in studio art and
having studied Italian Renaissance painting, Kline began to explore abstract
art only after he moved to New York in the 1980s. Drawing from art history,
philosophy, and nature, his work references Western and Eastern cultural
practices. Working in an abstracted figural style, the artist focuses on flora,
organisms, and mythological and literary characters. The particular sensitivity
to natural motifs developed during the time Kline spent in the Hudson Valley.
He is mostly known for his work in encaustic, the mixing of pigment with bees
and synthetic wax. Challenging to perfect and equally compelling to behold, the
artist uses this technique to create incredibly textured surfaces where the
works become a phenomenological experience for the viewer. Born in Norwalk,
Ohio, Martin Kline lives and works in Rhinebeck, New York.