Martin Robert Reeds love for drawing and painting is evident, his gestural, expressionistic and experimental marks are intentional, deliberate and are designed to draw and immerse the viewer into his drawings and paintings.
His intention is to make a connection between himself the painting and the viewer. To engage the viewer not only with the image presented, but the complete creative process. The thoughts, emotions and physicality of the artist.
What attracted me was less art itself than the artist life and all that it meant for me: the idea of creativety and freedom of expression and action. I had been attracted to painting and drawing for a long time, but it was not an irresistible passion; what I wanted, at all costs, was to escape the monotony of life.
As humans we are persistently engaged in thought and our emotions govern our existence, these attributes contribute to what inspires us, yet it is our action our physical motion that directly interprets our response to stimulus.
In this regard the drawing/painting process becomes his main concern, as this is the direct link with our human physicality our presence. It is this physicality in his drawings/paintings that he believes makes a direct connection to the viewer.
“Through paint it is my intention to immerse the viewer in reality. Not just my own reality as an artist, or the paintings’ reality, but for the viewer to ask questions about their own reality”.
Figuration underpins his paintings and is the main concern, the human condition, consciousness and existence. The fascination with human sophistication and our complex journey, a complex journey that ends unfinished.
The unfinished-self is rooted in self portraiture, not in a mimetic sense, not in our physical likeness but in a deeper sense. we are sophisticated beings, we have emotion, intelligence, imagination and aspirations. Given more time we would continue our journey of self discovery and what it means to be human. we never fully reach a stage of completion, we are only ever on a journey one that we can never complete, we finish our journey unfinished.
2016 Grid Art Fair Trueman Brewery Brick Lane London Art Challenge Wales Project Grant Group Exhibition Powerhouse Gallery Llandysul Unfinished-Self Project Solo Show Extended Ledame Gallery Regents Park London Solo Show "Unfinished-Self" Ledame Gallery Regents Park London Group Exhibition "New Blood" Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Saatchi Art Gallery (Online) Group Exhibition Art Challenge Wales Porthcawl Power House Group Summer Exhibition Llandysul Solo Show "Unfinished-Self" Unit 24 Gallery Bankside London Group Exhibition Kooywood Gallery Museum Place Cardiff Special Guest Artist Art-Rooms Melia Whitehouse Hotel London Henry Thomas Gallery Drawing Exhibition Carmarthen Greenspace Gallery Carmarthen (Curator Seedy Label) 2015 Finalist, Celeste International Art Comp, Milan Italy Group Exhibition Kooywood Gallery Cardiff Richard Billinghams Graduate 2015, Millenium Centre Cardiff South Wales Duffryn House Exhibition, Duffryn South Wales Summer Exhibition, Power House Gallery, 100 Artist Llandysul Commisioned Book Cover "Free Love, Rock 'N' Roll And The 60s "9 Perspectives" Old Trueman Brewey, Brick Lane London Group Exhibition Art Challenge Wales, Porthcawl Student Of The Year Degree Show Carmarthen School Of Art. Degree Show Carmarthen School Of Art 2014 Group Exhibition Re-Branding 'Carmarthen School Of Art' Henry Thomas Gallery Carms Group Exhibition 'New Light Through Old Windows' Powerhouse Gallery Llandysul Bbc One Show Short Film ' Graham Hurd-Wood' Goat St Gallery St Davids Wales 'Visitors Painting' National Eisteddfod Wales 'Visitors Painting' National Botanic Gardens Wales Group Exhibition 'Cric Open Art Comp' Crickhowell Group Exhibition'moments In Time' Elysium Gallery Swansea Group Exhibition 'Moments In Time' Norwegian Church Art Centre Cardiff Group Exhibition 'Respect' Pop Up Gallery Carmarthen Group Exhibition 'Collectania' Henry Thomas Gallery Carmarthen 2013 Group Exhibition 'Private View Of Materia Medica' National Botanic Garden Wales 'Visitors Painting' National Botanic Garden Wales Commissioned Portraite 'Col Rupert Thernelo' Education BA Hns Fine Art, Carmarthen Dchool Of Art 2013 - 2015 (PCET) Teacher Training Townhill Swansea 2015 - 2016 Work In Collections: Jacobs & Morowska Fine Art Consulting LA,New York & Warsaw. Joseph Jacobs Co Author `Jansons History Of Art` Considered To Be The Bible Of Art History, USA Phil Salmon-Vaughan Director `Art Challenge Wales. Alessandra Stagliano `Artrooms Art Advisory Board`. London Kasia Morowska `Artrooms Selection Committee'. Santa Monica California. Toronto,Canada. Venice Italy, Sydney Australia, Puerto Rico Caribbean. UK: London, Oxford, Southhampton, Cardiff, Vale Of Glamorgan, Liandysul, St Davids.