Tom Martin (Artist)
Photo Realism Paintings
About the Artist
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. The imagery in my work, is based upon foods I consume on a daily basis. I find myself fascinated by the way products are packaged, the texts that are used, and the way these items react to light in their surroundings. Occasionally, hard edged pieces of chrome gym equipment find their way into the compositions. These rather banal pieces of steel are far from any 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 color. The subject becomes fascinating despite its origins, as the viewer is 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 intended to go beyond simply making a copy of a photograph. My aim primarily is to create an impossible existence, a hyper-reality itself. Something which, despite its 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 appear to project further than the plane of the canvas, to have a presence, putting the viewer somewhere in the physical experience of the painting.
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