Ron Martin

Untitled #7, May 6 and 7, 1981

Acrylic on paper
30 x 22.5 in


Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto.
Private Collection, Ontario.
Michael Gibson Gallery, London, Ontario.

Ronald Albert Martin
Painter, born at London, Ontario in 1943. Ron studied at H.B. Beal Secondary School in London, Ontario, began working in a studio shared with Murrary FAVRO in 1964, and had his first solo exhibition in Jack Pollock's gallery in Toronto in 1965. Martin admired Jackson Pollock, Milton Resnick and other Abstract Expressionists, and his interest quickly turned to abstraction.
Martin has consistently worked in series, such as the monochromatic "Bright Red Paintings" of 1972 and the subsequent "Black Paintings," with which he was engaged from 1974 to 1981. In these series he employed a wide range of techniques: pouring, brushing, scraping, and using his bare hands, and consistently worked on the floor or other flat surfaces. The monochromatic paintings began as vigorously gestural works and then evolved into thin surfaces, from which much of the paint had been scraped away, and ultimately to highly textured accumulations of dense, encrusted acrylic. The "Black Paintings" represented Canada (along with Henry Saxe's sculptures) at the Venice Biennale in 1978.