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Martin Battye

It seems at first that Martin Battye’s most recent work signals a surprising departure. The drag and push of pigment has been a defining feature of his paintings of the last few years. Leaving behind earlier landscapes, the emphasis on the horizontal and vertical structures remained, as the artist layered and scored impasto paint to create complex striations and disrupted surfaces, the ground re-emerging to complicate the surface.

By early 2018, the old processes had been explored and the artist felt a technical frustration with his methods, though his interest continued in the spatial illusions that…

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