"Well known for his reverse glass paintings inspired by natural elements, Martin reveals a strong connection to nature that translates beautifully into abstract form. It is nature re-embodied..."
- Anna Meleksitian, Fabrik Magazine Los Angeles
Though his technique traces back to the 14th century, Christopher Martin’s approach to "Verre Églomisé" is entirely modern. He captures abstractions inspired by wood grain, the cosmos, sun, sea, or even ski tracks—magnificently—all while painting “in reverse" on acrylic panels. Martin coaxes layer upon layer of sheer pigment and water to achieve his vision ~ harnessing brushes, wind, heat, and gravity. As Simone Bretz, a former curator of the Munich Metropolitan Museum and noted expert in reverse glass painting states, “Well-executed reverse-glass paintings do not reveal the complexity of their manufacture. Since the designs are applied to the back of glass panes, they must be built up in reverse – starting with the foreground and working “backwards” – which makes corrections virtually impossible.”
Describing his technique, Martin says, “Every layer of paint has a high influence on the one behind it as opposed to a flat covering stroke. It’s often around thirty layers of paint that fuse together." Finding inspiration in nature has fueled his motivation. "When you observe the veining in a slab of marble, or the alternating colors in petrified wood and other natural creations, they are all inherently poetic and attuned to the laws of abstraction. Study them closely, and you’ll identify compositions of abstraction. Being surrounded by these natural masterpieces in Colorado is a constant source of inspiration."
Martin continues to broaden the scope of his collectors and admirers around the globe. A self-taught artist, he represents his own work with three eponymous galleries, in both Dallas and Aspen, along with numerous galleries and dealers across the United States. Illustrious collectors include presidents, princes, and CEOs. He is now represented by Decorazon in London, who has shown his work in Hong Kong, Brussels and New York since 2013. In 2012, three solo shows were mounted for Martin including KM Fine Arts of Chicago, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, and The McLoughlin Gallery in San Francisco, in addition to shows in Aspen, the Hamptons, and Dallas.
In the twenty years since he began painting, his works have been sought for corporate collections nationally and internationally, including Gensler Architecture, Boeing Aerospace, Vincent and Elkins, Starbucks, Ritz Carlton, Metropolitan Life, and MGM. The 2011 BOMA International Toby Award went to the Wells Fargo Plaza in Houston with its centerpiece -- two 21-ft. commissioned paintings by Martin. In November 2012, he celebrated the completion and installation of a 120-ft. painting aptly titled, "Velocity," consisting of 15 consecutive panels for the Formula One Racetrack, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.
Martin’s Kidz Creations project continues to grow, and in 12 years has raised nearly $500,000 for various hospitals, schools and charities that focus on helping sick children. He paints with the patients of Children's Cancer Fund, March of Dimes, Scottish Rite Hospital, and Make a Wish—to name only a few—to create masterpieces that are then printed and auctioned to benefit these important children's organizations.
Martin participated in a group Exhibition titled, "Personal Structures ~ Time, Space, Existence," a public art exhibit in association with the 55th Venice Biennale at the Palazzo Bembo from June 1 to November 24, 2013. His work was submitted for the juried exhibition by his San Francisco dealer, Joan McLoughlin. Martin is also honored to be included in the Laguna Art Museum's exclusive “Palette to Palate” in May, 2013. In June, 2014, Martin’s work will be exhibited at Scope Basel, in Switzerland, with the McLoughlin Gallery.