London, United Kingdom
The ideas for my paintings come from various sources; buildings, books, songs, people and nature. I paint landscapes and abstracts and work mostly in oils but started working in acrylics six months ago. In my paintings I want to transform reality, mix it with memories, imagination and my subconscious and paint my interpretation of it. In each painting I like to experiment with colour, use a mixture of different lines, shapes and textures and to leave visible marks on the canvas.
My landscapes are influenced by my childhood in Ireland, the history, folklore and my regular visits there. I take lots of photographs and record anything which interests me in my sketchbook to be used at a later date as a starting point for a painting. I like to exaggerate colour and apply layer upon layer of paint using rollers, stones, twigs and cloths as well as brushes and pallet knives, then work back into the surface using scrapers to reveal the layers underneath. My aim is to create textured mysterious scenes which capture the beauty, ruggedness and magical quality I see in the Irish landscape.
I use the same techniques to create a sense of mystery in my abstract work. These are unrecognisable spaces filled with forms which imply a human presence but could just be inanimate objects. I want to draw the viewer in and invite them to experience the scene. The title sometimes gives a hint as to what the painting is about but I want to make the viewer curious; to ask what is happening here and for them to interpret it in their own way.
I am currently working on a series of large landscapes in oil and acrylic and have just started preparatory work on a series of large abstracts for a hotel in the UK.
Martina Furlong – Artist Biography
Martina Furlong was born in Co.Wexford, Ireland in 1974 and has lived in London since 1999. She received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1996. Martina paints landscapes and abstracts and works mostly in oils on canvas but has also been working in acrylics on canvas for the last six months. With both subjects she creates textured mysterious scenes where she transforms reality by mixing it with memories, imagination and the subconscious. She exaggerates colour and experiments with texture by applying layer upon layer of paint using various items as well as brushes which leave visible marks on the canvas and allow her to scrape back into the paint to reveal the layers underneath. .
Martina has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions in London and will exhibit with a gallery in Ireland from February 2015. Her work is in private collections in America, Canada, France, Bulgaria, Ireland and the UK.
Martina Furlong – Resume
Feb 5th to March 22nd – Solo exhibition at Tate Guerin Gallery, Wells House, Gorey, Co.Wexford, Ireland
June 28th to 30th – Part of Art Crashers show at Venice Arts Gallery, Venice, CA 90291, USA
June 7th to end of August – Part of the Summer Show at The Lovers Light Gallery, 64 The Green, Twickenham, TW2 5AJ
March 13th to 15th – Part of Prince & Pilgrims March show at The Stable Gallery, 174 Kew Road, Richmond, London, TW9 2AS, UK
Feb 24th to March 28th – Solo exhibition at 639 Enterprise Centre, London, N17 8BD, UK
Dec 5th – Part of a Charity Art Auntion for CAPS at 2022NQ Gallery, Manchester, UK
Oct 5th – Part of Creatives Rising at See.Me Projections Garden, New York, USA
Oct 3rd – Part of a Charity Auction for Factory Youth Zone at Castle Galleries, Manchester, UK July 25th to Sep 10th – Part of a group exhibition “ The Story Of The Creative” at See.Me New York City Gallery, USA
Dec 23rd to Feb 3rd 2013 – Solo Exhibition at The Clissold Arms, London, N2 9HR, UK
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