Bertrand Martin

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Bertrand Martin

France

Bertrand Martin was born in 1975 in Verdun, France. He grew up in southern Burgundy. From childhood he was fascinated by sciences and the arts. Under the watchful eye of his grandfather, a watercolourist, he drew from drawing books and periodicals, teaching himself to control his motions and the mysteries of serendipity. As a student, he keenly practiced music at the conservatoire. Parallel to his preparatory engineering classes, he pursued photography and drawing. Scientific objectivity and the act of creation, the contingencies of reality and wandering imagination perpetually nurture this duality in him that he converts into equilibrium. To begin with he devoted himself to watercolour. Filled with passion, he painted day and night, taking advantage of every moment to draw, driven by this desire to make up for lost time. The recognition came immediately. Bertrand was invited to take part in several watercolour fairs, and was awarded with prizes, publications and solo shows. He received good advice from Jean-Louis Morelle, one of the fathers of modern watercolour. In parallel, the artist began to explore the immense potential of oil painting and gradually evolved towards that medium. He found a way to bring together the blending inherited from his practice of watercolour to the thicker texture of oil paint. He found his signature style. His works has triggered interest from various art critics and collectors. Today, his works are shown in several galleries across Europe.

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