the Andrew and Laura McCain Art Gallery, Florenceville, NB
Raymond Martin transposes the beauty and wonder of the world into remarkable
paintings of simplified outlines and flattened views that resonate as material
analogues for the unconscious, the mythical and the spiritual. Incised lines
in thick impasto lead us along circuitous paths and decorative labyrinth
patterns into a nonlinear, transpersonal 'Dream Time'.
As an expression of the spontaneous, intuitive self, of the awakening child within, Martin's art may be linked to the history of 'childlike' works by 20th century artists like Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet. Within the Moncton Acadian art scene, his work shares affinities with the ebullient 'Neo-folk' paintings of Yvon Gallant, Nancy Morin and Francis Coutellier. Integrating a deep awareness of the psychological power and magic of children's drawings, his enchanted vision poetically melds the Cartesian split between inner human consciousness and the objective reality of the world outside."
(excerpts from the essay "The Enchanted Vision of Raymond Martin" by Terry Graff, January 1994)
Raymond's paintings are found in important public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, Foreign Affairs Canada, the New Brunswick Art Bank and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery collection, as well as corporate and private collections. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions since 1985.