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Laura Rathe Fine Art Announces Christopher Martin: "Luna"


Houston, TX, August 07, 2013 --( Marking the debut of the newest series of abstract paintings by international artist, Christopher Martin, Houston gallery, Laura Rathe Fine Art will host a solo exhibition titled, “Luna”, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 7th from 6-9pm. Inspired by celestial elements of the night sky and organic forms derived from Celtic symbols, Martin's latest reverse-glass artworks counterbalance a softer chromatic luminescence with curvilinear compositions.

“My artwork takes an interpretive view of natural patterns. ‘Organic Expression', is a succinct way to describe my process. By engaging forms of interlaced ovals, linear movement, arcs and fields of color, I seek to produce a unique visual expression in each painting.” – Christopher Martin

About the Artist
Though his technique traces back to the 14th century, Christopher Martin's approach to "Verre Églomisé" is entirely modern. He captures abstractions inspired by wood grain, the cosmos, sun, sea, or even ski tracks—magnificently—all while painting “in reverse" on acrylic panels. Christopher coaxes layer upon layer of sheer pigment and water to achieve his vision ~ harnessing brushes, wind, heat, and gravity. As Simone Bretz, a former curator of the Munich Metropolitan Museum and noted expert in reverse glass painting states, “Well-executed reverse-glass paintings do not reveal the complexity of their manufacture. Since the designs are applied to the back of glass panes, they must be built up in reverse – starting with the foreground and working “backwards” – which makes corrections virtually impossible.”

Martin continues to broaden the scope of his collectors and admirers around the globe. A completely self- taught artist, he is now shown and represented by acclaimed art galleries and dealers in Houston, Dallas, Aspen, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Brussels.

In the twenty years since he began painting, his works have been sought for notable private and corporate collections, including U.S. Presidents, CEO's, Gensler Architecture, Boeing Aerospace, Vincent and Elkins, Starbucks, the Ritz Carlton, Metropolitan Life, and MGM. The 2011 BOMA International Toby Award went to the Wells Fargo Plaza in Houston with its centerpiece -- two 21-ft. commissioned paintings by Martin. In November 2012, he celebrated the completion and installation of a 120-ft. painting aptly titled, "Velocity," consisting of 15 consecutive panels for the Formula One Racetrack, Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas.

Martin currently works and resides in Aspen, Colorado.

About Laura Rathe Fine Art
Formally established in Houston in 1998, Laura Rathe Fine Art represents a dynamic artist roster including emerging, mid-career, as well as blue-chip contemporary artists. With a primary focus on abstract expressionist painters, LRFA also represents and displays a diverse and select group of sculptors, photographers and new media artists.

Located in the heart of the gallery and design districts of Houston and Dallas, Texas, LRFA regularly hosts artist exhibitions, lectures, and art walks that serve as an integral part of the expanding art scene and community across Texas. LRFA provides art consultation services to private and corporate collectors and to the design industry.

For additional information, details or to schedule an interview, please contact
Laura Rathe &/or 713.824.3575 Sarah Busch &/or 713.527.7700

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Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston
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