Original oil on canvas by Ohio-based artist Robert Martin (1918-1998) depicts a worker amongst construction vehicles, a darkened sky formed overhead. An almost surrealist image, Martin’s loose, washy brushwork creates a scene that should be commonplace, yet somehow feels unsettling and in motion. A darker, earthy palette intermingles with the yellows and reds of the vehicles to create a truly modern piece of art. Housed in a white frame, this painting is signed by Martin in the lower right corner of the painting.
About the Artist:
Robert Martin (1918-1998) was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised by his grandmother. His grandmother, having grown up in the Victorian Era, is responsible for the period’s influence on his early works. Martin studied the painting from books of the masters, old and new. He worked from life, enjoying the process and interaction that was created. In the 1980s, he began working from photographs with his series of Victorian Village scenes. An ever-learning student, his work has distinctly different decades reflecting his progress and interests. Persisting was his use of oil on canvas, despite his training in other mediums. His poetic soul was evident in his philosophy as an artist.
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