Chris Martin (artist)

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Chris Martin (born 1954) is an American abstract painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and the Catskills region of New York State.[1][2][3]

Chris Martin
Born1954 (age 69–70)
Known forPainting

Early life and education[edit]

Chris Martin was born in Washington, DC, in 1954.[1] His grandmother was a landscape painter.[2] He grew up in Washington, and works in Brooklyn, New York. He studied painting at Yale University but did not complete the course; in the 1990s he attended the School of Visual Arts and left with a degree in art therapy. He worked as an art therapist for some fifteen years.[2]


Chris Martin, Staring into the Sun 2003-2006 oil, paper, collage, and staples on canvas 79 x 86 inches (200.1 x 218.4 cm)

He makes colorful, abstract paintings, often with elements of collage and text.[4][5] His work is casualist, and employs various media.[6][7] He considers it to be influenced by the Catskill Mountains, which he often visited when young.[8][7][9][10]

An early member of the Williamsburg art scene, he still maintains the same studio he has had since the mid-1980s, in what used to be a florist's freezer.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Union List of Artist Names Online (ID: 500331549)". The J. Paul Getty Trust. Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Craig Olson (6 February 2008). Chris Martin with Craig Olson. The Brooklyn Rail. Accessed May 2018.
  3. ^ Foye, Raymond (May 25, 2020). "Chris Martin with Raymond Foye". Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved Dec 28, 2020.
  4. ^ Smith, Roberta; Rosenberg, Karen (February 8, 2008). "Chris Martin at Mitchell Innes & Nash". The New York Times. Retrieved Jan 5, 2021.
  5. ^ Butler, Sharon L. (June 3, 2011). "ABSTRACT PAINTING: The New Casualists". Retrieved Sep 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Vogel, Wendy (March 4, 2018). "Artist Chris Martin Shines in a New Painting Show at Anton Kern". Art in America. Retrieved Dec 29, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Go See – New York: Chris Martin and Joe Bradley at Mitchell-Innes & Nash". AO Art Observed. March 10, 2010. Retrieved Jan 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Samet, Jennifer (March 22, 2014). "Beer with a Painter: Chris Martin". Hyperallergic. Retrieved Jan 1, 2021.
  9. ^ a b Fattori Franchini, Attilia (Spring 2019). "Space Is the Place: Chris Martin". Mousse Magazine and Publishing. Retrieved Jan 2, 2021.
  10. ^ Russ, Sabine (Summer 2018). "Chris Martin and Cy Gavin". BOMB Magazine. Retrieved Jan 2, 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dan Nadel, Glenn O'Brien, Nancy Princenthal, Trinie Dalton, Chris Martin (2018). Chris Martin Paintings Milan: Skira.ISBN 978-8857234748
  • Elodie Evers, Lars Bang Larsen, Alexander Koch, Bob Nickas, Gregor Jansen (2012). Chris Martin: Staring into the Sun (exhibition catalogue). Köln: Walther König. ISBN 978-3863350918