Famed Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. visitcanyonroad.com. There’s a new kid on the block in this artsy town nestled in the Sangre de Cristo foothills of Northern New Mexico. santafe.org. Visual artist Christopher H. Martin, www.christophermartingallery.com. A self-taught Florida native, Chris, as he prefers to be called, recently opened the door to his new gallery putting Santa Fe on the map of his impressive enterprise with galleries in Dallas, Texas and Aspen, Colorado. With rock star looks and a charismatic smile, this innovative artist welcomed art connoisseurs into his airy, lit-up gallery to wine and hors d’oeuvres before offering a personalized tour of his exceptional body of work.
Shown amidst eye-popping sculpture by Michael Enn Sirvet, sirvet.com, the unusual curves, shapes, streaks, and color hues brushed across acrylic panels showcased his unique technique.
Inspired by Verre Églomisé, Reverse Glass Painting, a method that first emerged in the 14th century, Chris describes his succinct process as Organic Expressionism. To create his paintings, he applies heat, wind, water, brush, and sheer pigment in a reverse order onto a clear acrylic panel. Coaxing layer upon layer, interlacing ovals, arcs, lines, and color patterns, Chris seeks to create poetic visual expressions of natural patterns.
Modern and abstract, bold in their shapes and designs,these equally stunning creations blend well with many architectural styles, tastes, and interior décor.
Chris Martin’s creative output over the past twenty years has been remarkable. Many of his paintings have been highly sought for corporate and private collections nationally as well as internationally.
Maybe his most famous creation is Velocity, a 120-ft. art installation that was completed and celebrated in 2012. Installed on fifteen consecutive panels around the Formula One Racetrack, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, this supersize painting is the only one of its kind in the world.
So, next time you’re planning to explore Santa Fe, the “City Different,” as the locals like to call America’s oldest capital city, pay a visit to the Christopher Martin Gallery up on Canyon Road and indulge your mind and senses, feasting on a visual smorgasbord of daring streaks and eye-popping curves.