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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign Ocula News U.K. Election Artist Nicky Hirst Reflects on ‘Fractured and Febrile’ Campaign 13 December 2019

Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in yesterday's U.K. General Election despite the efforts of artists such as Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley , who came out publicly in support of Labour. Official U.K. General Election Artist Nicky Hirst couldn't comment on the result—the role requires her to remain neutral...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1977, USA

Eddie Martinez Biography

Interested in painting from a young age, American artist Eddie Martinez never completed any formal art education, starting and leaving two different art schools in Boston. He is largely self-taught, and his working style and choice of subject matter was influenced by the urban culture and iconography he grew up surrounded by. 

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Martinez is recognised for his bold line and handling of colour. Even without the benefit of a formal art education, he has managed to develop a mature style, drawing from well-established classical conventions of portraiture, still life and allegorical narratives, filtering it all through coarse brushwork. His gestural blocks of colour and strong lines recall the concerns and forms of semi-abstraction, yet they contain distinct figurative elements and a sense of personal iconography. He combines oil, enamel, acrylic and spray paint with marker, pencil and collage (usually on canvas) to create a variety of textural and colour contrasts—aggressive and full of energy. 

Late critic Glenn O'Brien described Martinez’s work as being all ‘about colour and what it means’, and this sentiment can be seen in his Mandala #4 (Open Night) (2016)—where bold colours and shapes jostle with each another as though fighting to remain in formation—and in Lip Service (2015), where bright forms emerge sparingly from the heavily textured background. These textured scribbles and slashes of white on white seem to hint at other colours lurking beneath the surface or about to be liberated from the canvas. Delicate strokes of pencil highlight the thickness of the paint and hint at hidden depths. 

Martinez has referred to his process as that of boxing: approaching the canvas like his opponent, stepping forward to make contact with the canvas and then stepping back to regroup before he connects again. Making sketches in spray paint, adding lines and blocks and colours, he works rapidly: a demonstration of the anxiety he harnesses for his creativity. The speed and the aggression with which he seems to attack each painting is seen in every brushmark and brings to the surface a material coarseness. He has constructed a bridge between the aesthetic and cultural appeal of street art and the concepts and dialect of art history. 

Biography by Amy Millar | Ocula | 2017

Eddie Martinez Featured Artworks

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Whoa, that came up out of everywhere by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezWhoa, that came up out of everywhere, 2016 Enamel and spray paint on bronze
195.6 x 176.5 x 63.5 cm
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Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Oil stick, spray paint and marker on paper
96.5 x 127 cm
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Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Patina on bronze
26 x 29 x 17 cm
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Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Patina on bronze
25 x 14 x 9 cm
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Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Bronze
63.5 x 35.5 x 23.5 cm
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Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Enamel and spray paint on bronze
24.5 x 31.5 x 14.5 cm
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Whoa, that came up out of everywhere by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezWhoa, that came up out of everywhere, 2016 Bronze
195.6 x 176.5 x 63.5 cm
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Untitled by Eddie Martinez contemporary artwork
Eddie MartinezUntitled, 2016 Enamel and spray paint on bronze
132.1 x 121.9 x 89.5 cm
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Eddie Martinez Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, Group Show at Perrotin, Seoul
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24 September–26 October 2019 Group Show Perrotin, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Eddie Martinez, EMHK19 at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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17 May–29 June 2019 Eddie Martinez EMHK19 Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Eddie Martinez, Blockhead Stacks at Perrotin, Tokyo
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20 December 2018–23 January 2019 Eddie Martinez Blockhead Stacks Perrotin, Tokyo

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Dancing around Shanghai Related Press Dancing around Shanghai ArtReview : 4 November 2019

In Production: Art and the Studio System, Yuz Museum, 7 November – 1 March Every week is art week somewhere, but not every week is art week in Shanghai. So you'll be wanting to be there during the first week of November, when the city's twin art fairs, Art021 and West Bund Art & Design are on view. But the fun of the fairs is not the only...

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