Jason Martin

XOSA
2012
copper
18 x 13 x 4 inches

Jason Martin makes works that are founded on a synthesis of expressionism and minimalism. The artist molds, scrapes, and gouges a basic sculptor’s medium onto an industrial slab-like surface to create a turbulent and dense painterly form. Martin then casts the surface in copper in order to freeze the energy of the thick impasto medium. The resultant work, as seen in Xosa, beautifully echoes the dynamism of its making and its elemental material. Born 1970 in Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom, Jason Martin has had solo exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, including Städtische Galerie Nordhorn; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; and Centro de Arte Contemporàneo de Malaga. His work is held in numerous international public collections including the Government Art Collection, UK; Denver Art Museum; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, and the Museum of Modern Art, La Spezia. Martin lives and works in London and Lisbon.

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courtesy of the artist and lisson gallery, london; © jason martin
gallery website: www.lissongallery.com