Knox Martin’s professional career took off in 1954, when a painting of his was selected by Franz Kline for inclusion in the Stable Gallery Annual. Dealer Charles Egan took note of Martin’s painting at the Stable Gallery and invited the artist to produce a one-man exhibition at his eponymous gallery. Reviewing the show at the Charles Egan Gallery for the New York Times in 1954, Stuart Preston wrote: “It is in his ecstatic pen and brush drawings of women that Martin shows himself to be a draftsman of exceptional power and assurance; some are hastily done, but even the most lively scribbles throb with a particular intensity, both visual and sensational, that causes one to remember that Spanish warmth counts a lot for him, and that the blood of Goya is in his veins.”
Throughout his career Martin has enjoyed praise from critics and collectors alike. His works have been placed in over 40 important museum collections in the US and internationally. In addition, the playful nature of his paintings has been translated into numerous large-scale mural commissions. In his latest series of works Martin recalls the bold use of black and white often found in Abstract Expressionist canvases to emphasize the immediacy of abstraction. The works, whose titles allude to the female form, are integrated with highlights of pop colors underscoring their inherent vigorous spirit.
Acrylic on handmade paper mold
24 x 19 in
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