Posted on March 31st, 2018

1. Artist’s Statement

We define our soul less and less as a dignified subject and more often as an object of economic thinking. This is due to making our self-worth dependent on the performance that the ‘Almighty Market God’ demands. We are also increasingly comparing this performance with that of automation. The corresponding fear intensifies this attitude. When fear transforms into hatred, others become objects too. In contrast culture should insist on a minimum respect for the soul. In my art I want to claim an infinitely value of the human being, including:
  • My belief in the mysticism of a soul. I want to approach this through my portrait paintings.
  • My belief in the sense of comfort. This I want to symbolize with my figure drawings.
The cross represents these beliefs to me, but without missionary manipulation. Creating and believing both happen inside the head. So I avoid using references. I try to make the contrast between subject and object visible. For this I combine the pictures as photomontages with self-created 3D graphics. They symbolize rationality. I wish that this context makes sense while viewing my pictures; maybe even in relation to my search for truth and hope.

2. About the Artist – CV

Selfportrait Photo of Martin Guan

Martin Guan

I’m a self-taught artist from Southern Germany. After school I moved to Berlin. I studied mathematics (diploma) and philosophy (minor). For many years I worked as a designer and GUI programmer. Since 2014 I’m working as an artist.

3. About the Artwork Technique

Here I describe the different layers of my art montages.
  • Painting photomontages – composite images consisting of 3+ layers:
    • Photo of a portrait painting
    • 3D rendering
    • Abstract photo as background
  • Drawing photomontages – composite images consisting of 2+ layers:
    • Photo of a figure drawing
    • Painting photomontage (see above) as background

3.1 Abstract Photos

Martin Guan - Abstract Photo

Abstract Photo (detail)

I shoot abstract photos of my own artworks. I try to focus on the geometry of shapes in different light.

3.2 Portrait Paintings

Martin Guan - Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting (detail)

My abstract paintings of the human face are from imagination. I paint these portraits in acrylics using different techniques. (Acrylics on water-color paper 50cm x 70cm).

3.3 Digital 3D Graphics

Martin Guan - 3D Rendering

3D Rendering (detail)

Each computer graphic has 3D objects to symbolize the basic idea of a thought process result.

3.4 Painting Photomontages

Martin Guan - Painting Photomontage

Painting Photomontage (detail)

Each painting photomontage consists of
  • An abstract photograph (see above 3.1)
  • A portrait painting (see above 3.2)*
  • A 3D graphic (see above 3.3)
For these photomontages I don’t use every painting. But if I use a painting I use it more than once. So each painting is a part of different painting montages.

3.5 Figure Drawings

Martin Guan - Figure Drawing

Figure Drawing (detail)

The pencil drawings are from imagination. They have the human figure as the primary subject. I use black acrylics as a finish. (Graphite on water-color paper 14.8cm x 21cm)

3.6 Drawing Photomontages

Martin Guan - Drawing Photomontage

Drawing Photomontage (detail)

I merge the layers described above (see 3.1-3.5) into a new image, the “drawing photomontage”. So this composite image includes scans of an actual drawing and a painting. Each drawing is only used once. Yet I don’t want to have online galleries of the basic layers such as abstract photos of my artworks, 3D renderings, photos of original paintings and drawings. But these images are searchable inside an archive linked on the footer of each page on this website.