Statement - CV - Technique

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1. Artist's Statement

I'm interested in how sad people manage to feel less lonesome. One possibility may be comfort as part of love. From philosophical perspective for this one must beleave, that others are more than just an extrapolation of the self. This belief in the 'mysticism of a soul' I want to approach through my portrait paintings. Additionally it is necessary to beleave that comfort makes sense: This I want to symbolize with my figure drawings. Without judging others, for me Christian faith could include this confession. Ideas and believe both exist inside the head. Analogous I avoid using references. In contrast to this emphatic subject view I try to provide a more generalized object view as well. For this I combine the pictures with 3D computer graphics. They symbolize the strive for perfection, rationality and science.

2. About the Artist - CV

Selfportrait Photo of Martin Guan Martin Guan I'm a self-taught artist from Southern Germany. After school and civilian service I moved to Berlin where I met my future wife from China. I studied mathematics (diploma) and philosophy (minor). For many years I worked as a designer and GUI programmer. Thanks to my wife I’m now working as an artist. We both live near Frankfurt am Main.

3. About the Artwork Technique

I do composite images (photomontages) of my portrait paintings, figure drawings and 3D graphics. Martin Guan - picture categories Explanation Chart

3.1 Figure Drawing

The pencil drawings are from imagination. They have the human figure as the primary subject. I use black acrylic as a finish (graphite and acrylic on water-color paper 14.8cm x 21cm). Sometimes I take abstact photos of some details while the work is still in progress.

3.2 Portrait Painting

My abstract paintings of the human face are from imagination. I paint these portraits in acrylics using different techniques (acrylics on water-color paper 50cm x 70cm). Sometimes I take abstact photos of some parts before the color dries.

3.3 Digital 3D Graphic

Each computer graphic has 3D objects in order to symbolize the basic idea of a thought process result. Like in a virtual photo studio I place the object and set up the light. The 3d ray tracer then renders the image. The rendering is available as a print only.

3.4 Painting Photomontage

Each painting photomontage consists of an abstract photo, a portrait painting and a 3D graphic. For these photomontages I don't use every painting. If I use a painting I use it more than once. So each painting is a part of several painting montages.

3.5 Drawing Photomontage

The drawing photomontage is a composite image consisting of a painting montage as a background layer and a drawing as the front layer. Each drawing is only used once. I don't use every drawing available. All in all there are about three times more drawings than drawing montages.

3.6 Abstract Montage

The 'abstract montages' are painting photomontages (composite images) in which the portrait painting is not or hardly recognizable as a face any more. As all my photo montages this composite image is available as a print only.