Historic Art | Ron Martin

About the Artist

Ron Martin was born in London, Ontario in 1943. After he completed his studies in commercial arts, Martin had his first solo show in 1965. Influenced by abstract expressionism and artists such as Jackson Pollock, his works address the material qualities of paint and the ways in which it can be manipulated. The stylistic qualities of the works have evolved over the span of his career, but constant is Martin’s intention for the viewer to project their unconscious selves into his paintings. He represented Canada in the 1978 Venice Bienalle and in 2012, he received the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. Ron Martin continues to live and work in Toronto, Ontario.
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