Eddie Martinez

PTDW Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.

280 S. Columbus Drive Room 319


Flowers for Taiwan No. 20, 2019, Oil paint, oil bar, spray paint, acrylic and baby wipe collage on canvas, 72” x 60” inches
signed: recto, BLC
Courtesy the artist and Perrotin, Hong Kong

Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez draws inspiration from a wide-range of sources, spanning from popular urban culture to Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism.  Martinez's work joins together painting and drawing, abstraction and representation in non-traditional ways.  Imbued with a sense of personal iconography, his practice often combines signature figurative elements, such as bug-eyed humans and eclectic headgear with gestural, abstract blocks of color.  Energetic and raw, his paintings employ an aggressive use of color and texture with various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint and collage elements on canvas.  Martinez also produces large and small-scale abstract sculpture, made mostly from found materials such as rubber hoses, Styrofoam, cardboard, and metal scraps sourced from wherever the artist is working at the time.