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
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.
 
MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS   BANGKOK  2010
Painting and Mixed Media
'The Mysterious Matter'