Bernard Martin  (American) 


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Bernard Martin Biography
1959   Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, B.F.A.
1962   Hunter College, New York, New York, M.A.
  Artist Statement:I work entirely in series. There is no signature style, no signature image: continuity comes from the direction and level of thought. Thematic and formal parameters are set before a series begins and during the one to two years a series takes, some, but not a lot, of evolution takes place.
Our entire aesthetic, political, and social structures, and their histories, is considered a cultural landscape - an information age landscape - that I can walk into and select images that can be used in any manner that will further the work.
Recent series have employed an extensive juxtaposing of images. This is simply an extension of the collage concept, which allows for not just non-linear thinking, but the suggestion of complexities not inherent in the individual components. Thus, the paintings can move very quickly between conviction to question; from stoic conceptualism to buffoonery; from high art concepts to popular art commercialism; and, most certainly in the comic series, from that which I believed as a kid to what I now believe.
  Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Selected Exhibitions
2008   Lee Hansley Gallery, Raleigh, N.C.
2002   Courthouse Galleries, Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, Virginia
1998   Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1998   Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia,
1997   Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmond, Virginia
1997   Ellipse Art Center, Arlington, Virginia
1997   Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia
1996   Virginia Beach Center for the Arts, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1996   Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1996   Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Un/Common Ground: Virginia