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
GALLERY   12