Greg Martin

 

Greg Martin's art is influenced by a variety of sources, including philosophy, architecture, nature and Japanese aesthetics. Since diverging from representational painting in 2004 into abstraction, or non-objective art, Greg experimented his way to to his distinctive style. "Experimenting, trial and failure, is key to developing your unique style as an abstract artist. It's a journey of discovery, outwardly of techniques and effects, and inwardly of your taste and voice. It's also the most fun part of the creative process."  Greg's current paintings often have an appearence of rusted metal, dilapidated concrete, or worn, painted wood. His fascination with these entropic surfaces parallels with the Japanese aesthic and philosophy Wabi Sabi, which, in its simplist explanation, is described as seeing beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. (Roughly translated, Wabi connotes rustic simplicity, quietness, understated elegance; and Sabi is the beauty or serenity that comes with age, evidenced by wear from use or weathering, and patina.)