Martin Golland

BIRTH PLACE Montpellier, France

What do you see when you look at this work by Ottawa-based artist Martin Golland? In this semi-abstract painting titled Etagere (2012), the lines between real and fictional space are blurred. Here, the suggestion of a boardwalk, empty shelves, and architectural shapes meld together to create a dynamic imagined environment. Drawing on a wide variety of painting techniques and an interest in collage, Golland’s artistic practice engages with the history of painting and his work invites viewers to look closely.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATE 2012
DIMENSIONS 152.4cm x 274.3cm x 4.4cm
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of the artist, 2018
A large-scale oil painting of an imagined urban landscape that is created though the fusion of various architectural elements with strong geometric shapes. Central to the image is a large cube-shaped frame that is seemingly floating against the blue sky in the upper left corner. It is tethered to the structure below by a diagonal stairway or ramp. The foreground has a somewhat flattened perspective combining different planes of decking. A cool colour palette of blue, grey,white and mauve is used with some green and brown accents.

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