DescriptionChristopher H. Martin
Cassini Disc II
Acrylic on Honed Acrylic
36 inches (91.4 cm)
The Artscape Auction Benefits The Dallas Arboretum Donated by: Christopher Martin Gallery
Retail Value: $5,400
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Though his technique traces back to the 14th century, Christopher Martin's approach to "Verre Églomisé" is entirely modern. A self-taught artist, Christopher coaxes layers of sheer pigment and water to achieve his vision ~ harnessing brushes, wind, heat, and gravity.
Describing his technique, of painting in reverse on acrylic panels, Christopher says, "Every layer of paint has a high influence on the one behind it as opposed to a flat covering stroke. It's often around thirty layers of paint that fuse together."
Finding inspiration in nature has fueled his motivation. "When you observe the veining in a slab of marble, or the alternating colors in petrified wood and other natural creations, they are all inherently poetic and attuned to the laws of abstraction. Study them closely, and you'll identify compositions of abstraction. Being surrounded by these natural masterpieces in Colorado is a constant source of inspiration."
As Simone Bretz, a former curator of the Munich Metropolitan Museum and noted expert in reverse glass painting states, "Well-executed reverse-glass paintings do not reveal the complexity of their manufacture. Since the designs are applied to the back of glass panes, they must be built up in reverse - starting with the foreground and working "backwards" - which makes corrections virtually impossible."
In the twenty years since he began painting, his works have been sought for corporate and private collections nationally and internationally.
In 2012, he celebrated the completion and installation of a 120-ft. painting aptly titled, "Velocity," consisting of 15 consecutive panels for the Formula One Racetrack, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas. Kidz Creations, a charity project launched in 2001 involves painting with hundreds of children over 13 years benefitting various hospitals, which will exceed the $500,000 benchmark this year.
ABOUT THE AUCTION
Proceeds from the Artscape auction will benefit The Dallas Arboretum. This auction will open online and will have bids transferred to a live event on Friday, May 12, 2017. If you the winning bid online, you will be notified following the event on Monday, May 15, 2017. The organization will collect payment and handle shipping of the winning lots. For any questions regarding the auction, please contact Kristen Schultz, KristenS@HA.com or 214.409.1775.
About the Event
The Great Contributor to Art Award
As part of Artscape Reimagined, the Dallas Arboretum will recognize a patron of the arts for their contributions to and support of the arts in Dallas. The Great Contributor to Art Award will be presented to Craig Hall at the Artscape Award and Auction Dinner in Rosine Hall on May 12. This prize was designed and contributed by Gary Lee Price, whose Great Contributors exhibition at the Arboretum inspired the award.
Tickets to the dinner are available for sale now.
Limited tickets are available at $300.
Additional are available at $350 and $500 (Patron)
Tables available at $3,500 and $5,000
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
For additional ticket info, contact Missy Whisler at (214)515-6688.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The mission of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is to build and maintain a public venue that promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research. We are committed to excellence, good management and fiscal responsibility.
The Dallas Arboretum Today
More than 1,096,000 visitors from all 50 states, as well as 90 countries, came through our gates in 2016. The Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world and the number of honors is so extensive it is listed on our website. The Dallas Arboretum is proud to offer the public an array of popular annual events, educational programs for children and adults, and an emphasis on family-oriented activities. Groundbreaking horticultural research conducted in our Trial Gardens continues to contribute to an important body of knowledge, both regionally and nationally.
Located on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum's 66 acres include a complete life science laboratory with endless potential for discovery. The Arboretum has a 75 member Board of Directors, 120 full-time paid staff members, 50+ part-time paid staff members, and more than 273 active volunteers.
Support for the Dallas Arboretum and our members, donors and the Dallas Park and Recreation Department provide Botanical Garden.
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