Melody Smith Gallery
Painting, Contemporary Art, Modern Painting
‘These works are about the intense wonder of looking and seeing, not about decorative charm’ – Dr David Bromfield
Martin Heine’s paintings break all the rules, disregarding the practical and formal conventions of painting, which continue to prevail in much of contemporary practice and have dominated throughout the medium’s long history. Literally painting back to front, Heine draws attention to the artist’s performance behind the canvas. From a distance, Heine’s paintings have an apparent familiarity. However initial perceptions are deceptive and closer observation reveals a surface which looks nothing like a painting at all, there are no brush marks, no immediate evidence of the artist’s hand. As David Bromfield describes in the catalogue essay for ‘Reverse Iconography - the surfaces of Heine’s paintings ‘radiate the sensation of velvet, a seductive pelt of live colour and texture.’ Heine’s latest body of work delivers a multi-faceted and perplexing painted surface, rippling with hidden meaning and reverberating with sophisticated optical effects. Deliberately evasive, loaded with psycho-analytical references and informed by popular culture and art history, these works demand closer inspection.
, Modern Painting