Chris Martin Joins Timothy Taylor

19 March 2021

Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce its representation of American artist Chris Martin. The gallery will present an exhibition of new paintings by Martin at Timothy Taylor, London in May 2022. Martin will continue to work with David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles) and Anton Kern Gallery (New York).

Martin (b. 1954, Washington, D.C.) makes vibrant works animated by a spirit of radical experimentation, from glittering paintings to delicate watercolors and foil-encrusted collages in rainbows of psychedelic colour. Incorporating an eclectic array of materials and techniques, his work has historically been shaped by thematic cycles rather than linear progression. Martin blends elements of Abstract Expressionism and geometric forms freely with references to music, pop culture, astrology, and Eastern and Western forms of spirituality and mysticism. This alchemic approach reflects the artist’s personal outlook on painting: that art can and should reflect the kaleidoscope nature of contemporary life today. As such, his paintings often seem keyed into the synapses of our shared imagination, intuitively reflecting the quirks, obsessions, and fascinations of our time. Martin serves as a crucial source of inspiration and mentorship to his artistic peers in Brooklyn, New York, where he has lived and worked since the 1980s.

Last spring, Martin curated Timothy Taylor’s online exhibition Painting the Essential: New York, 1980–Present, featuring works by friends and collaborators who lived and worked in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn in the 1980s, united by their exuberant use of colour, focus on process and intuition, and inventive approach to different forms of media.

“Chris Martin is a perennially original and adventurous painter whose work has inspired a wide-ranging community of peers as well as a fresh generation of younger artists. A so-called ‘artist’s artist,’ Chris is admired both for his generous spirit and for his infectiously exciting work. We are delighted to be working with him.” – Timothy Taylor

Chris Martin (b. 1954, Washington, D.C.) has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2015); Rectangle, Brussels (2015); Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2011); and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2011). His paintings are included in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other museums. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Paintings, a career-spanning monograph, was published by Skira in 2017.

For additional information, please contact Sarah Goulet, / +1 303 918 0393.