Jason Martin’s recent solo show at Buchmann Galerie titled Polychrome Futures marks an important shift in the practice of the British painter. After a seven-year hiatus Martin returns to the paintbrush. This time he uses a versatile colour palette in different hues and tones to create paintings of immense depth and space. Jason Martin has dedicated himself from February to November 2020 to working on the preparation and development of this new series of paintings which are exhibited here for the first time.
Looking at the polychrome paintings one journeys into something that begins on the surface, but which then pulls you in deeper and deeper, opening into an unfathomable space beyond, much like looking into a blazing fire, swirling water or ice. The lateral and undulated movement of the brushwork supports the multi-layered play of colours in the more translucent paintings, while others retain an opaqueness to emphasize their corporeality and unmediated sensory stimulation.
Works by Jason Martin are represented in many important private and public collections, including in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, the Schaufler Foundation Schauwerk Sindelfingen, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna.