His work is often composed of big frenetic scenes with a tension between the landscape and the characters that produces a bit of mystery for the viewer. Having spent most of his life in a small town best known for its asparagus, moving to Hanoi has been an understandable shock to Martin’s sense of peace and his environment.
“I am mostly interested in places that promise salvation,” the artist says, though that salvation may not always come as expected. Through large oil paintings, lacquer works, pencil drawings and etchings, the viewer is taken into various ‘Mental Places’ and questions his or her own dreams, desires and perceptions.
Mental Places exhibits for one day only on Jul. 13 at house 18, alley 275 Au Co, Tay Ho