Friday, August 17, 2012


I love all things Cubisty - possibly not a real word - but they made up their own rules and so shall I!

David Martin RSW RGI - Ace of Clubs

Cubism was one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. It was begun by the powerhouses that were the Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1882-1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963) in 1907. 

Pablo Picasso - Three Musicians

Georges Braques - The Apple

They were greatly inspired by African sculpture, and by the painters Paul Cezanne (French, 1839-1906) and Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891).

Paul Cezanne - Victoire

Georges Seurat - Sunday Afternoon on The Island of La Grande

Picasso and Braque initiated the movement when they followed the advice of Paul C├ęzanne, who in 1904 said artists should treat nature "in terms of the cylinder, the sphere and the cone."  The subject matter is broken up, analysed and reassembled in an abstracted form.

I have always been fascinated by these works, and about the uncompromising way in which these artists created paintings that flew in the face of what had come before.  It was a breath of liberating, creative, fresh air that has possibly influenced most artists since.

David Martin RSW RGI - The Round Table

It said it was okay to look at things differently from the way we are taught to process the world around us.  It says there is perhaps more than one way in which we occupy our world.

David Martin RSW RGI - Four Green Beans

I have therefore always been drawn to the works of David Martin.  Born only forty years after Picasso and Braques, it was perhaps inevitable that the young artist would be inspired by these incredible fathers of modern art.  Being in his late eighties now, David has been through many movements of his own, but these paintings are my personal favourites.

I find them inspiring and exciting, and I am thrilled to be exhibiting them just now at the gallery as part of a three person exhibition alongside Sian MacQueen RSW and David Smith RSW.

Thanks for reading!


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