Some of my favourite artists to discover are ones who create abstract works, especially paintings. With abstract works, there’s more to the story and it takes a while to get there. Loose and expressive paintings are fab and here’s an artist I came across on Instagram.
I ask Martin about how he arrives at the completion of a painting and some of the processes he uses. Scroll down to see my questions and a few of his paintings.
Can you start by telling us about what inspires you most to pick up the paintbrush and to create in such a way?
I think painting is the only freedom I know. Basically, if I buy new sneakers or I go to the gym, the happiness and enthusiasm are gone in a very short amount of time. But when I’m painting or even when I am not, I’m just anywhere in the world and keep thinking about painting. It’s the only thing which I’m obsessed with.
Sometimes I like monochrome and sometimes figures, sometimes colour explosions. I constantly have ideas and that makes me think about how to prepare a show. How to make a solid outcome out of current ideas and moods whilst maintaining my topic and the handwriting within my work.
Tell us more about the space in your painting, as well as why the horizontal and vertical are important.
I paint everything vertical and I’m constantly thinking about making more horizontal work, but after looking at it, I’m like “yeah, why not.” “Let’s proceed”. The space in general is important for painting and is something I’m most interested in.
I use grids or “window compositions” so often because they refer to the flatness and plasticity of the space in painting, and of course it’s an ideal composition for me.
Historically, the grid was used by renaissance painters to balance the composition and as a helping tool to divide the painting field and to bring the order to the image. It’s interesting for me to use this grid just flat or work with it as a brand-new window for a new super reality.
Tell us one thing in particular that you would like viewers to take away from your work?
I don’t have that kind of expectations from viewers. Just enjoy it or dislike it.
Where are you currently working and where can we see your paintings in person?
Right now, you can see my work at gallery L21 in Majorca, Sunday-S in Copenhagen, Vestjillands Kunstpavillon in Denmark. I also have work in Chimera Project Gallery in Budapest. I have a studio in Prague where I work on daily bases.
Follow Martin @martin.lukac