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 Eugene James Martin  (1938 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/Louisiana      Known for: painting-abstraction, collage

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography, submitted October 2012, is from Suzanne Fredericq, widow of the artist.

Of his art, visual artist Eugene Martin has said: “There are opposing forces in all living things. My work reflects this and stirs up a contrast of emotions in the viewer… perception versus annoyance.  There is the obvious and there is that which defies explanation.  To the viewer who has reached that level of awareness, my work is no longer abstract, but very real”.  Martin’s personal, often gently humorous works may incorporate whimsical allusions to animal and machine among areas of pure abstraction, but his art is difficult to classify.  
Eugene J. Martin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1938, and after the age of five grew up in foster care both in D.C. and on a farm in Clarksburg, Maryland.  After being honorably dismissed from the Navy, he enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. from 1960-1963, and became a full-time visual artist.  He did not belong to any school or art movement, remaining an individualist and loner throughout his life.  He briefly lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from 1990-1994, returned to Washington DC and in 1996 moved to Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife, a biologist, whom he married in 1988.  He suffered a brain hemorrhage and stroke in 2001, but continued to paint.  
Martin’s art ranges from graphite drawings, pen and ink works on paper, collages, to oils, and acrylics on paper and canvas.

Martin's work is found in numerous private collections worldwide including those of Isabel Taylor Works of Art and Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations.  His works are included in the permanent collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art; the Mobile Museum of Art; the Paul R. Jones Collection, University of Delaware; The Stowitts Museum & Library; the Alexandria Museum of Art; the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, Savannah, Georgia; the Munich Museum of Modern Art; the Louisiana State University Museum in Baton Rouge LA; the Masur Museum of Art; the Sheldon Museum of Art; and the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art
Select Solo exhibitions:
2012. Masur Museum of Art, Louisiana
2012. Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Mississippi
2011. New Orleans African American Museum, Louisiana
2009. Acadiana Center for the Arts, Louisiana
2007 Walter Anderson Museum, Mississippi
2007 Louisiana State University, Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery
2007 Alexandria Museum of Art, Louisiana
2006 The Stowitts Museum and Library, California
2006 Black Heritage Gallery, Louisiana
2005 Cité des Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana
2005 Café des Amis, Breaux Bridge, LA
2005 Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana
2005 Clementine’s, New Iberia, Louisiana
2000 Zigler Museum, Jennings, Louisiana
2000 Opelousas Art Museum, Opelousas, Louisiana
1996 Cultural Center, Oudenaarde, Belgium
1994 Lilly Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
1992 Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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