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Time Line (Original)


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Time Line (Original) Alberto Martinez

Time Line (Original) Alberto Martinez

Original Painting

Image Size: 745mm x 430mm

Framed size: 960mm x 710mm

Framed in a black and brass gold frame with a white slip

“When an artwork of mine takes about two months from start to finish, that piece is more than oil colours on a piece of fabric. There’s an intimacy built after weeks of just the two of us. Nights, days together. It witnesses all sort of happenstance going on with me and around me. Like a good friend, it talks back as well. It challenges me. Comforts me. Care for me…

I’m grateful to you for been my companion all this weeks, dear friend. It’s time for you to meet the world and make friends of your own. Hope to see you again in this life…”

Alberto Martinez (El Flaco)

Time Line    “Time is of the Essence”

This piece imagines a world that works in better synchronicity with itself; a place in perpetual movement, going in all directions. Given the importance of life as we know it, I’ve given many of the characters a water background with both sea and freshwater fish joined together in unison, sharing space with no sense of hierarchy.

Within this piece there are elements of clockwork mechanisms, OMEGA speedmaster being a favourite of mine, as well as being the watch used by most astronauts, cementing both the concept and deception of time. This clockwork detail frames part of the station structure both visually and metaphorically, as well as posters on the ceiling serving as a reminder of the struggles that we have had and may continue to have during our relationship with the natural world.

This painting is meant to be a colourful and lively homage to a time where we live in better harmony with all living things, hopefully in the near future

Alberto Martinez Art: If Alberto Martinez had followed in the footsteps of his father …a tractor driver is exactly what he would have been!  Alberto was born in a very small Cuban village in 1977, surrounded by sugar cane plantations. This was where Alberto first delved into art, drawing the steam engines pulling the cane laden trucks.

Alberto was fortunate to be encouraged by family and friends, who recognised his artistic potential, which led to Alberto obtaining a place at the Fine Arts Academy, ‘Oscar Fernandez Morera’ in the beautiful city of Trinidad. He initially studied sculpture, but switched to painting when he started experimenting with oil on canvas. His knowledge of sculpture is still very influential in his use of shapes, spatial composition and overall style.

Alberto had a number of exhibitions in Cuba after graduating before he made the transition to Brighton, England in 2005, where he continues to live and work.

Blessed with a great sense of humour and fun he says he inherited from his dad, his work starts with an initial idea which he tends to develop in the small hours, when ‘rational thinking is asleep’. Alberto has a very surrealistic style, a blend of wit, imagination, hidden meaning and nuance, exploring the issues of modern man through landscapes and cityscapes, littered with dream-like imagery. He distorts reality in support of fascinating narratives, reflecting his keen sense of history, also his understanding of political science and the changing nature of the global society.

Alberto’s work is distinctive by his use of colour, incredible detail, wit, humour and a variety of intriguing elements that intertwine to challenge our conventional views of the world. He draws inspiration from the challenges presented by his move to England in his intricately crafted stories.

CLICK HERE to see a video – Alberto Martinez on what it means to be an artist

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Weight 700 kg

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