08.03.2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Martin


Perfect porridge,acrylic on pannel, 2009, 110/165 cm

 

Its all good, acrylic on pannel, 2009, 120/120 cm

 

My choice of subject is personal to me, and to an extent me only. The items that feature in my paintings are nothing more than fractions of my everyday life. I find myself fascinated by the way products are packaged, the texts that are used, and the way these items react with light in their surroundings. Occasionally, hard edged pieces of chrome gym equipment find their way into my compositions. These rather banal pieces of steel are far from idyllic ideas of what is or is not beautiful. However by making ''super-sized'' paintings of these objects I am able to pack in many unseen intricate reflections and abstracted bands of colour. The subject becomes fascinating despite its origins, as we the viewer are enabled to see closer than we would normally care to do.

Although the paintings I make are directly based upon one, or several photographs, I intend to go beyond simply making a copy of a photograph. My aim primarily is to create an impossible existance, a Hyperreality in its self. Something which, despite its often massively enlarged scale, is questionably real. I make use of various devices to bring forward elements of the composition, whilst pushing other areas back deeper into the painting. I want the subject to project further than the plane of the canvas, to have a presence, putting the viewer somewhere in the physical experience of the painting.

Tom Martin

To know more: http://www.tommartinhyperrealism.co.uk/index.html

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