Renowned artist MARS-1 will release a limited edition print of his painting “Stratus Nimbus Cumulus” at Upper Playground. Featuring Mars-1’s signature style of surreal distortions and extraterrestrial looking landscapes, the prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. Available this Wednesday at Noon PST along side Mars-1 Sculptures and Silver Pendant at upperplayground.com.
“Stratus Nimbus Cumulus” print. (Based on the 2014 painting from the “Momentum” exhibition, Space Gallery in Denver, CO)
– Limited Edition of 100
– Signed and Numbered by the Artist
– Paper size: 35 inches wide x 35 inches high
– Image size: 32 inches wide x 32 inches high
About The Artist
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.
The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.
These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.
Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.