Days on the Pacific, 2008
Gouache, oil, fiberglass cloth and epoxy on panel
15 x 32 in.
Courtesy of the artist
Retail Value: $2,200
Martin Machado creates work based on his experiences at sea as a merchant marine, commercial fishermen, and sailor. His nautical paintings often play with the passage of time, building upon the nostalgia of his own experiences. Often the imagery depicted is of various vessels or places that were passed along a voyage, contrasting the socio-economic symbols of ships, the architecture of our existence on land, and the sublime of nature. The use of negative space in his works helps to re-contextualize these traditional nautical themes into the contemporary reality of a global economy. Martin has exhibited at various galleries and institutions in California, New York, and Malaysia and was recently included in the group show Breaking Ranks at Headlands Center for the Arts. He is currently working on a series about a recent six-month job as a deckhand on a containership that circled the globe. In the fall of 2011 he will be joining “The Clipperton Project” a group of artists, scientists, and sailors on a month long excursion to a remote atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Machado received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute.