Raymond Martin

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ARTIST PROFILE

Raymond Martin is a child psychologist and self-taught painter. He was born in 1958 at Lac-a-la-Croix, Lac-Saint-Jean, Québec and has called Moncton home for more than 20 years.

“Raymond Martin transposes the beauty and wonder of the world into remarkable paintings of simplified outlines and flattened views that resonate as material analogues for the unconscious, the mythical and the spiritual. Incised lines in thick impasto lead us along circuitous paths and decorative labyrinthe patterns into a nonlineal, transpersonal ‘Dream Time’.

As an expression of the spontaneous, intuitive self, of the awakening child within, Martin’s art may be linked to the history of ‘childlike’ works by 20th century artists like Picasso, Klee and Dubuffet. Within the Moncton Acadian art scene, his work shares affinities with the ebullient ‘Neo-folk’ paintings of Yvon Gallant, Nancy Morin and Francis Coutellier. Integrating a deep awareness of the psychological power and magic of children’s drawings, his enchanted vision poetically melds the Cartesian split between inner human consciousness and the objective reality of the world outside.” (excerpts from the essay “The Enchanted Vision of Raymond Martin” by Terry Graff, January 1994)

Raymond’s paintings are found in important public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, Foreign Affairs Canada, the New Brunswick Art Bank and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery collection, as well as corporate and private collections. He has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions since 1985.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“These works evoke the different states in which each was created, stemming from a recollection, an anecdote, a whimsical delirium or all of these combined.

The human being is represented alone, in relationship with an object, sowing, transforming or creating it, in a determined geographical location. The content emphasizes the internal dynamics within the individual, with a view to introspection.”

BA – Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont.
MAPS – Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB

Selected Exhibitions

2009 Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
2008 Peter Buckland Gallery, Saint John, NB
Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
Café Mosaïque, Dieppe, NB
2007 Gallery 78, Frédéricton, NB
Galerie MacCain, Florenceville, NB
Festival des arts- visuels en Atlantique, Caraquet, NB
Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
2006 Peter Buckland Gallery, Saint John, NB
Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2005 Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
2004 Studio 21, Halifax, NS
2003 Peter Buckland Gallery, Saint John
Gallery 78, Fredericton, NB
2002 Studio 21, Halifax, NS
Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
Galerie Colinne, Edmunston, NB
2000 La Spa Galleria, Moncton, NB
Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
1999 Studio 21, Halifax, NS
Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
1998 Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
1997 Studio 21, Halifax, NS
1996 Galerie 12, Moncton, NB
Galerie Georges – Goguen, Moncton, NB
Cafe du Monde, Fredericton, NB
1993 Galerie Colline, Edmundston NB
Strutt’s Center, Sackville NB
1992 Studio 21, Halifax NS
Galerie Zanettin, Quebec QC
1991 McLaughlin Objets d’art, Moncton NB
1990 Langage Plus, Alma QC
Hotel de Ville de Moncton, Moncton NB
Galerie d’art de l’Universite de Moncton, Moncton NB
1988 Galerie Leon Leger, Eglise historique, Barachois NB
Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton NB
1987 Mini-galerie de Radio-Canada, Moncton NB
1986 Galerie d’art de l’Universite de Moncton, Moncton NB

Group Exhibitions

2009 40 years celebration Art Bank New-Brunswick, Moncton, Caraquet, Saint John,NB
2008 40 years celebration Art Bank New-Brunswick, Fredericton , NB
Toronto Art Fair
Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Studio21, Halifax, NS
2007 Galerie Hotel de ville de Moncton, NB
Winsor Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Studio 21, Halifax, NS
Acquisition NB 2007
Galerie Cohen, Moncton, NB
Centre d’étude Acadienne, Moncton, NB
1985 – 2006 Numerous group exhibitions: Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Sackville,
Campbelltown, Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Chicoutimi, Windsor, Vancouver, Paris, Poiters.

Permanent Collections

Banque d’œuvres d’arts du Canada/Canada Art Bank
Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, Ottawa
Banque d’œuvres d’art du Nouveau-Brunswick / New-Brunswick Art Bank
Banque de Montréal, Toronto, ON
Compagnie Assomption, Moncton, Nouveau-Brunswick
Burnett Duckworth & Palmer (barr.& solic.), Calgary , Alberta
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Université de Moncton
Banque Royal / Royal Bank
Fédération des caisses populaires acadiennes, Caraquet, NB
Hôpital Georges-Dumont, Moncton, NB
Clinique de médecine familiale, Dieppe, NB
Goodman Collection, Toronto , ON
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB
The Toronto Dominium Bank, Saint-John , NB
Private collections

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