Selected works by Eddie Martinez

Eddie Martinez
The Feast


Mixed media on canvas

Triptych 243.84 x 853.44 cm
Eddie Martinez


Oil paint, spray paint and collaged canvas on canvas

182.9 x 274.3 cm
Eddie Martinez
American Native #2


Oil, spray and collage on canvas

213.4 x 305 cm


Interview: Eddie Martinez April 6th, 2009 by Sasha

Eddie Martinez details a strange and wonderful world of googly-eyed pots, Cosby sweater wearing owls, recurring characters and colorful, quirky compositions. In a recent interview, Martinez details his no-nonsense, back to basics approach to creating work. Unlike the intense philosophical considerations and conceptualizations inherent in so many artists’ meandering methodologies, Martinez takes an almost blissfully ignorant approach in the laconic tradition to making his works: “Sometimes an idea will work its way into a drawing … I don’t know…I don’t really make plans for [the painting] so much. I usually just start it.“

Can you talk a little about your creative process, from the inception of an idea for a painting, to the decision to execute it…to the final work?

Sometimes an idea will work its way into a drawing … I don’t know…I don’t really make plans for it so much. I usually just start it. The ideas come at different stages throughout the process.

Your paintings have a sort of rough-hewn aesthetic, full of dripping paint and impasto areas….is this a sort of controlled chaos, or elegant disheveledness? OR can you talk about your tecnique for manipulating paint in the works.

It’s a combination of happenstance and definitive technique. Different techniques I picked up at different stages.

Many of your paintings are figurative—there seems to be some constants such as their glowing, diamond dilated pupil (acid induced?) eyes and often headwear and eccentricly geometric sweaters…who are the figures in your works?

The figures just sort of become my figures through repetition and the headwear is just funny. It helps me finish the picture.

There is a wealth of iconography that seems to reoccur within your paintings—a motley cast of characers including potted plants, knick-knacks, the moon, smiley faces…what do you make of this visual alphabet? Do the symbols have particular meanings to you—or how did you develop this particular language?

It’s just from my life, traveling, things I absorb. I don’t sit down and say I’m going to draw a specific figure. Maybe sometimes I’ll get an idea of the way I want something to look and then I’ll reference a photo and it just comes out the way I would do it.

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