Contemporary German Art: The New York Experience
Reception: Thursday, March 25, 2010 6-8 PM
Exhibition Dates: 3/23/2010 - 4/13/2010

Press Release

Divinely spiritual figures loom out from an ashen darkness with piercing eyes. Lean, feminine figures in dynamic poses peer back at us unequivocally, splaying out graceful wings and sharpened horns. Yet, beneath their provocative posturing they exude a veiled benevolence and hope. Enter the world of visionary artist, Peter Martin, a painter who revels in the crossroads of divinity and evil, beauty and horror. His work is profoundly expressive, employing a fiery palette and dramatic stylization rooted in his early interest in Caravaggio. References to Sumerian, Greek, and Judeo-Christian lore abound. There is a raw, primeval quality to the works speaking not only of the supernatural but of ageless questions. "Must not one sometimes show evil in order to facilitate the good?" he implores. Martin works with mixed media or acrylic creating large artworks that loom over audiences, signifying power and unearthly experience. Martin has exhibited his distinctive breed of art in his native Austria, Germany, Poland and the United States. He resides in Linz, Austria.