Saturday, September 1, 2012


Martin Stynes                       Abstract Landscape         google image

"Martin Stynes’ paintings speak for themselves.  Every human being notices the sky and earth. When John Constable went out with his easel and paints he called it going out skying. He was trying to capture the infinite.
Men have probably been around as thinking beings for 500 000 years. Logged into our basic primeval memory are all those impressions of the sky we live under. These paintings give viewers a link to the past and future in their own lives and also the past and future of humanity.
And yet they might not know why. These paintings are a hidden link between past, present and future they surpass the concrete and allow the viewer to access emotions they were not aware they had.

"Somewhere, we are acquainted with Joy" 2011

Because the form is abstract the viewer cannot tie the image directly to experience  and the brain instinctively searches for the emotions which correlate to the image.  Some of these emotions are extremely intense and powerful, they may be beauty and peace or love or hate or even fear and terror.  In the split seconds after the realisation the brain makes the connection that this is an image and not reality. Those who feel love and peace are grateful for the experience those who feel fear or terror are relieved that it is just an image and not reality. Intense experiences in life are remembered much better than the ordinary run of the mill events. When the viewer sees these paintings he or she may be projected back in time by the emotion they experience to an experience in their own lives which is lurking deep in their conscious or unconscious mind and may have been buried for years until they see these paintings. Best of all they may only experience the emotion rather than exact recall of an event, and be mesmerised by the experience."  from an article on Martins Work

 Martin's work takes me to another time and place, here on Earth and in other dimensions.  When I was a child of four and five I had dreams of living in another time and space.  My Mother, rather than correct me listening patiently, which allowed me to honor my memories. I was a child already with a great imagination, but these dreams were so real.  I knew it was England and in the late 1800's, I could sense I had walked the streets of London in a long grey wool skirt that swept the ground and I could see high granite curbs I stepped upon to enter stores....who knows about memories and a child, but it made me believe in Einstein's theory of relativity and the string theory of coexisting times and worlds.  Martin's work brings alive in me primal feelings of other worlds and places and deep feelings of longing and of stunning beauty of a universe we can rarely explain even to ourselves.  Get to know Martin's work and it will take you on an unexpected journey into your deepest primordial self!
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