Eddie Martinez paints on huge (commonly 84 x 120-inch) canvases, applying thick layers of oil paint, enamel, spray paint and found objects; over-painting and re-working, it’s a physically exhausting, intense, almost primal, process. Making the Matador series was a departure from the cartoonish, figurative, and still life works, for which he is known. The pared-down, Miro-influenced, abstracts were a goal he set himself (“I was…flexing that I could do that”), but creating them bordered on the obsessive. Having proved to himself that he could paint a simple but effective abstract, he refuses to do it again – with only nine in the series, get one if you can.
Hedge, issue 31, August 2014, pp58-64
Eddie Martinez, Matador #6 “Cattle Ghosts”, 2013
Oil, spray paint, paper towel, computer printout, R+F wrapper, baby wipe, Ricola wrapper on canvas, 213.4 x 304.8 cm
© Eddie Martinez; courtesy the artist; Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London