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I try to start every year by bringing my most basic assumptions about painting under scrutiny. I allow myself the freedom to play, make mistakes and follow any line of inquiry that i find meaningful in hopes that it might lead to new avenues of exploration and innovation.

these paintings are a first synthesis of old and new techniques; above all else, they are a testament and celebration of the breadth of possibilities inherent in the medium of oil painting.

Mauro C Martinez Blurs Drips Masks Varnish
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Half Dip Varnish
300.00

The most subtle in the series, this painting is a grayscale blur portrait varnished only on the lower half. Although my goal was simply to take note of the contrasting effects between a varnished and non-varnished surface, the painting looks as though it is being filled with water, and the halfway submerged figure is unaffected.   

Oil and varnish on canvas | 8"x10"

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KEEP
300.00

These text based paintings are part of a sub-series called "Illuminated Manuscript". They feature the most commonly used words in the english language. Like the original Illuminated Manuscripts, these paintings serve as both preservative and informative documents. Each word is mirrored and painted only with varnish. The viewer must tilt and shift around the painting in order to fully "see" the text, as it is only illuminated from certain angles. This treatment of our language is an ongoing survey of our vernacular, the shifting values it reflects, and an attempt to discern its larger implications.

Enamel and varnish on canvas | 8"x10"

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SON
300.00

These text based paintings are part of a sub-series called "Illuminated Manuscript". They feature the most commonly used words in the english language. Like the original Illuminated Manuscripts, these paintings serve as both preservative and informative documents. Each word is mirrored and painted only with varnish. The viewer must tilt and shift around the painting in order to fully "see" the text, as it is only illuminated from certain angles. This treatment of our language is an ongoing survey of our vernacular, the shifting values it reflects, and an attempt to discern its larger implications.

Enamel and varnish on canvas | 8"x10"

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Blurry Drip
300.00

My goal with this painting was to create the illusion of the blurred image as having been painted on in broad brush strokes. Masking fluid was applied with a wide brush and left to drip and splatter. 

Oil on canvas | 8"x10"

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Abstract
300.00

This is my first intentionally abstract painting. I started with the blurred image as a ground and, after it dried, masking fluid was pooled on top. I wanted to create a very unharmonious image, with the two picture planes simultaneously receding and jumping forward.

Oil on canvas | 8"x10"

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Horus
300.00

For years now I've been fascinated by airline safety cards. The vacant expression of the illustrated figures in the face of sheer calamity has the sort of humor and grim irony I cant resist. Last year while visiting the MET I noticed a parallel between these illustrations and the ones found on ancient Egyptian Canopic jars. The chaotic swatch of gray paint atop the figure's head is reminiscent of a Nemes crown, bringing the idea full circle. 

Oil on canvas | 8"x10"

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Fog
300.00

This painting was done in 3 layers. First, a blurred portrait was painted and allowed to dry. Afterwards, a mist of white was sprayed over the whole thing and I dragged my finger across the surface, revealing the original image underneath. The effect was like that of wiping fog off of a mirror after a hot shower. I wanted to push the reveal a bit more so I let the painting dry once more and masked off a corner with a sharp edge and repainted the original image from underneath. 

Oil on canvas | 8"x10"

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Little Smile
150.00

For whatever reason, I don't really seem to have a middle ground when it comes to scale. I find myself either working over 5 feet or under 10 inches, with both presenting different but equal challenges. With this painting I wanted to demonstrate and contrast the elegance of both the airbrush and the bristle brush. After 3 attempts I finally got it right. 

Oil on canvas | 5"x7"

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Enzyme
150.00

Like the name suggests, this painting feels very much like a catalyst to me. It is the last painting in the series but one of my personal favorites. Unlike the the other 5"x7" in the series, which was all about subtlety and balance, this painting celebrates the violence, movement and chaos that made me fall in love with painting in the first place.

Oil on canvas | 5"x7"

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