These paintings have been made , or rather “grown” in Thailand. Their imagery is drawn from landscape. They are, however, very
“abstract” in that the canvas becomes a stage or theatre in which I develop a “drama“ of colour, and different shapes and materials
into a “unity,” but not necessarily “harmony”. I try to breathe life into materials, to make them come alive, in an alchemical sense: base
metal to gold. That transformation is the essence of both Magic and Art. I play with ambiguities and tricks of perception: Rendering
“real things“ with abstract shapes and marks, and by the way some shapes can be “read’ in different ways.
I use and juxtapose different materials, effects and styles in a search for interest, surprise, and new, strange, kinds of “beauty.” Some
of these beauties may be meancing, dark and scary: as they give the 'lovely' and 'pure,' greater meaning. They “ grow “ like people or
plants , and I facilitate their becoming , but they have their own unique identities. I feel more like a midwife or gardener than
“proud father. “ I love the transformational potential of painting. Where the material can combine in a sort of 'fission' which transcends
the 'base' material in an alchemic sense.Like my recent 'photo-paintings. My painting/mixed media work has been a search for a
language, of feeling and image bale to make complex statements, address multiple issues, an exploration of material and form to
describe or mirror inner and outer realities.
PAINTING AND MIXED MEDIA PAINTING THAILAND 1 2000-04
MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS BANGKOK 2010