Ned Martin: The Dichotomy of Abstract Photorealism

Ned Martin is the captivating American artist using oil paintings to carve a piece of the new craze sweeping the art world: abstract photorealism.

For the last two decades, Martin was known for his photorealistic paintings but after being mired by personal tragedy in 2013, Martin took a break from painting for several months. When he returned to the easel, Martin embraced abstract painting as an expression of emotional healing. Now, Martin showcases his fledgling and newly developed style, ‘abstract photorealism’ where he combines the abstract with realism on the same canvas.

With a technique and style that is said to be comparable to Richard Estes, Gustav Kilmit, Otto Duecker or even Will Cotton – Martin embarks on a new path, similar to Gerhard Richter following his transition from early artwork based on photography to more abstract elements influenced by raw, personal emotions.

In pieces like Miranda Fractals, Martin bridges hyperrealism with the abstract, creating something truly spectacular and unique. Though it can be reminiscent of Chuck Close (and his use of the ben-day dots), Martin paints ‘fractal’ in the abstract parts, but only realism in the figurative parts which continues the dichotomy that has existed in his work all along.

Contemporary art so often tries to bridge the personal with the artistic and Martin’s pieces are another extension of this driving force behind many modern pieces. As modern art has evolved, artists like Martin seek to blend styles and techniques, giving the viewer an unscathed eye into the psyche of the painter and allowing us to view the world from their eyes.

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