These paintings have been made , or rather “grown” in Thailand, USA, Spain and England. Their imagery is drawn from landscape, the urban environment, and
a mix of abstract, figurative and invented forms. 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. So, a cloud, for example could appear both as a head, a buffalo, and an ocean liner.
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
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.
MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS BANGKOK 2010
Painting and Mixed Media
'The Mysterious Matter'