Martin Bertman: Evocations
December 2, 2010 - March 4, 2011
Martin Bertman’s abstracted figurations live in a place where raw primitivism and pictorial refinement resonate with equal intensity. The influences of Cubism, Surrealism, and Expressionism are threaded throughout his ouvre, but the artist is no mere imitator. He has managed to deftly internalize those sources and re-organize them into a unique visual vocabulary of intriguing motifs and symbols which evoke an accessible, deeply human spirituality. His is a sublimely poetic language, and one greatly imbued with potent mystique. Curated by Tom Wachunas, Martin Bertman: Evocations, features 20 painting and drawings.
“My father was a painter. Beginning as a child, I learned to look and see and look yet further, to look again. His essence guided my art and understanding of philosophy as an action of the self…Art deepens my person, indeed it is the color of my emotional exuberance. - Martin Bertman, PhD
Bertman’s adult life has been divided and embellished by painting and academic philosophy. For more than twenty years he taught philosophy at SUNY, followed by Chair of Philosophy at Ben-Gurion in Israel and 15 years teaching at Helsinki University. Bertman has always painted. The busy life of academia has merged with his passion for art – which he considers a joyous unity. Bertman is a resident of North Canton.
Martin Bertman, Grasping (2000), acrylic on canvas, 20" x 24"
Martin Bertman, Still Life, (2006), acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20"