Big Blockhead, 2019
Spray paint, oil paint, oil bar, silkscreen, and acrylic on canvas
96 in. x 84 in. / 243.84 cm. x 213.36 cm.

“I started drawing this blockhead form in 2005. In retrospect I can see they were a direct response to my obsession with Guston, particularly his masonry work. I have a distinct memory of visualizing a face merging into a Picasso skull disappearing into a Humpty Dumpty brick wall.”
—Eddie Martinez

Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez draws inspiration from a range of sources, from popular urban culture to action painting and automatism. Martinez's work brings together painting and drawing, abstraction, and representation in nontraditional ways. Imbued with a sense of personal iconography, his work often combines signature figurative elements such as bug-eyed humans and eclectic headgear with gestural, abstract blocks of color. Energetic and raw, his paintings employ an aggressive use of color and texture with various combinations of oil, enamel, spray paint, and collage elements on canvas. Martinez also produces large and small-scale abstract sculpture.

Martinez was born in 1977 in Groton, Connecticut, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2019, his work is being featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Recent solo museum exhibitions include the Bronx Museum, New York (2018-19); The Drawing Center, New York (2017); and Davis Museum, Wellesley (2017). He has also had solo exhibitions at Perrotin, Tokyo (2018); Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York (2018); and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (2017). His work has been shown in various group exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2015); The Saatchi Gallery, London (2013); and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2011).

Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash
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