Martin Askem, artist and author, man and demon, angel and fantasy, is a prolific painter, who has delved into various topics, always controversial topics: ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ ‘Prozac and Pessimissm’ ‘Religious Obsession’ ‘Literary Madness’ or ‘The Scream’ are some of them. He is Surrealist, sometimes Dadaist, some other Expressionist… Difficult to catalogue an artist so personal and creative. Everything counts for Askem and when he stops painting, he starts to write, to analyze our world, our mankind.
Last year, he was reflecting the dark part of our mind and dreams and we saw and read about violence, perversions and hopelessness. More of his paintings were gray, shadows turning on shadows of anguish. When he used other colors, they were strong, colors which were asking for a solution, always with a touch of irony. As every true artist, his world was a world of contrasts.
Yareah magazine followed these old works: ‘Artists with Guts and Soul’ (http://yareah.com/?p=817); ‘Current Hell’ (http://yareah.com/?p=1938) ‘A Page of Life’ (http://yareah.com/?p=2091); or ‘Emotion’ (http://yareah.com/?p=2659). Now, new ideas are in Martin Askem’s mind, ideas which are based on the analysis of Modern Art. He is painting in a naïf way, with softer colors, with new topics. The body of this new work is called ‘‘Innocence of Art, Art through the
eyes of a child’ and you can appreciate these three paintings: ‘BGC’, ‘Funeral for Oscar the Cat’ and ‘Half Term’. However, he has not abandoned his surrealistic tendencies and he is also working on his ‘Surrealist Fantasy Collection’ (an example is this fantastic ironic piece: ‘Cunt- The Landscape of Myra Hindley’).
Martin Askem, always rebel, always problematic, always artist, closes this little exhibition of his new works on Yareah magazine with ‘For The Love of Money- a Portrait of Hirst’. Different from other? Yes, he is always different, he is always new.
Enjoy once more with his work!
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