Approximately 200 images of works by African-American artist Eugene James Martin are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library. The vibrant, abstract works represented in ARTstor include paintings on canvas, mixed media collages, and pencil, pen, and ink drawings. Martin’s use of color is distinctive, contrasting broad swathes of intense color with finely worked areas of pastel shades. He also mixed whimsical allusions to animals and machines with wry cultural and personal references, creating introspective works infused with a gentle humor. Martin’s works of art can be found in numerous private collections and museum permanent collections, including the Munich Museum of Modern Art, the Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Mobile Museum of Art, the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art at the University of Delaware, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and the Louisiana State University Museum of Art.
The collection was made possible through collaboration with Suzanne Fredericq, widow of the artist, who explains:
What always impresses me when looking at a multitude of art images side-by-side in ARTstor is that, by selecting a particular artist or a range of artists within a particular time period, one can better evaluate the artistic evolution of an artist’s career in the context of the period he or she lived in. Because Eugene James Martin has shown such a broad-ranging and distinct evolution in his artistic expression, with artwork spanning the 1960s through 2004, the incorporation of images of Martin’s art in ARTstor is an excellent teaching and research vehicle to illustrate and assess the major artistic tendencies and influences that have taken place in Modern and Contemporary Visual Art.
To view the Eugene James Martin collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “Eugene James Martin.” Or search the keywords: “eugene james martin”