Martin Herbert is a 'second career' professional British artist currently residing in rural mid-Wales. Over the past few years I have additionally worked in Spain and Finland. Accomplished in both traditional and digital media, my work is becoming increasingly well known worldwide, and I have exhibited in a number of countries.
I studied the old masters' method of oil and egg-tempera painting known as "Mische Technique" with Herr Professor Ernst Fuchs, a contemporary of both Salvador Dali and Picasso, in Vienna, Austria, but also use advanced 3D modelling software to create visually arresting organic abstract forms.
I am a founder member of the British Visionary Artists Group.
Recent group exibits include:
(2011) MOMA Wales, Machynlleth
Radnorshire Museum, Llandrindod Wells
(2010) Stadshusets galleri, Hang?, Finland
The Mall Galleries, London, England
The Williamsburg Institute, Brooklyn, New York, USA
HR Giger Museum & Gallery, St. Germaine Castle, Gruyeres, Switzerland
Vezzano Gallery, Trentino, Italy
Lofhouse Gallerie, Rosshaupten, Germany
Lauderdale House, Hampstead, London, England
Most recently, I have become more and more engaged with traditional drawing techniques, and large-scale drawings in traditional media now form a large part of my practice. "Functional Pumping Heart Model" is one of the most recent works, being a self-portrait both in the literal sense and also portraying an emotional journey. I also work extensively on symbolic figure painting in oils and egg-tempera. "Me da la Cabeza de Juan Bautista" ("Bring me the head of John the Baptist") is the latest of these to be completed.
Traditional: I have synthesized the teachings of Ernst Fuchs and others into my own 'new masters' technique of painting in oils and egg-tempera, layering transparent colour glazes over brilliant white tempera drawing to gradually build up complex colour combinations which seem to glow within the canvas. I am constantly updating and improving the oil painting process to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with this most flexible and fluid of traditional media. I am currently working a lot with traditional drawing, in sepia ink, sanguine pencil and egg-tempera wash, on handmade paper.
Digital: The "unlikely realms" series of organic digital abstract prints is a venture into proving the use of computerised digital printing as an original medium, rather than simply for reproductions. I use state of the art 3D fractal modelling software to create organic forms which at first sight appear to be sea-shells, plants, stones, or other natural objects, but which in fact have never existed in nature. Rather than being made from a palette of colours and shades as in traditional painting, they are made from a palette of shapes and textures which combine in new and sometimes unexpected ways.
Alyssa Monks, Odd Nerdrum, Max Ernst, Ray Caesar, Zeng Hao, Maya Kulenovic, Daniel Merriam, Gil Bruvel, Peter Gric, Di-Maccio, Maxfield Parrish ....