Chas Martin

My sculptures are timeless characters. Several years ago I began a study of petroglyphs. As I created my own variations of these archetypal figures, they evolved into dimensional forms. Their gestures suggest situations or stories.
I sketch daily from my imagination using graphite or watercolor. I then review the entire sketchbook, examining previous sketches. I have many characters in progress at a time. The actual sculpture emerges when a theme that may have been in progress for months feels ready to move forward.
Sculptures begin with a complex wire armature. I may walk around it hundreds of times, repositioning the wires line a line drawing in space until I find the right gesture. Then I add a surface of fabrics or fibers and a polymer emulsion.
I often continue to sketch or photograph and manipulate the image in Photoshop as it evolves. I prime and paint the surface like any other painting. I may also create a painted background to give a character an environment for context.

Flying in Dreams
Wood, fiber, wire, polymer with acrylic paint
18″ x 17″ x 4″

The Known Universe
18″ x 24″ x 24″

Between Here and Now
23″ x 15″ x 4″

Sculpture   Watercolor    Acrylic
Community: 8
Studio Number: 95
(503) 459-1009 |


Wheelchair Accessible: No

Address: 7830 SW 40th Ave #7 Portland, OR, 97219, USA

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