With "Santorini", Martin didn't literally interpret the streetscapes of the dazzling, whitewashed houses, winding cobblestone alleyways fading into infinity, staircases going nowhere, mysteriously shuttered windows in a blaze of luminous blues, greens & reds, all in a brilliant blue sky, in a direct sense. He captured and explored the placement of shapes and form, lights and shadow, to create a composition by reducing the elements into their simplest basic planes and shapes to create a series of paintings which are very iconic - like frozen moments in time.

The sun-washed streetscapes are a well-observed, controlled study of light and shadow, of calmness, silence, and stillness, which are oddly mysterious and moving.

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