Towering over visitors in the Atrium of Washington D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art are three 26-foot-tall paintings by Chris Martin (BFA 1992 Fine Arts): Birds Sing in the Morning (Homage to Purvis Young), Light Brahma Stomp and Radio Sunset. The three art pieces, part of his “Painting Big” exhibition, are being shown along with several other of his works and are the focus of an article in Art in America and an online gallery in The Washington Post.
Since the start of his career in the 1980s, Martin has used a variety of techniques and materials to create his visual art, as exemplified by the piece White Bread, which was made from bread coated in polymer medium and acrylic paint. He has also made paintings with fire, through performance, and “while making love with paint on top of canvases—I thought I could make ‘passionate paintings,” he is quoted as saying in the Art in America article, “but it wasn’t such a good idea.”
Along Martin’s eclectic journey to where he is today, the article details how he dropped out of Yale University, traveled to India, held random jobs such as museum guard, and worked at an AIDS day treatment program in New York City. To see samples of the work exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, please visit The Washington Post or the Corcoran Gallery exhibition page.
Watch a video about “Painting Big” below.