Adam Martinakis’ work is in the digital realm, but that descriptor seems a bit lacking when you look at his work. The most noteworthy factor of his artwork is how alien it seems.While making use of familiar tools and common themes, his works breaks away from the mundane to become something more. Notice how figures edge into the surreal while remaining horribly realistic – the mind briefly revolts at the images before exploring them.
Martinakis’ is drawn towards certain themes, some playful visual puns, others brooding or blissful . I’ve picked out signature images from throughout his career and grouped then together, not by chronology – but by themed galleries. Take note that each gallery theme and its title is not chosen by the artist, but a reflection of how I perceive his work.
There’s something about his that causes my mind to work overtime, and that’s why I find it so fantastic to see how Martinakis funnels his creativity into strange new pieces. He’s incredibly prolific. The flow of Martinakas’ inspiration dances around 3d technology and lets one piece bleed into the next, creating a body of work that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
Gallery: Emotion In Motion
The Artist’s Background
Adam Martinakis, an artist of Greek and Polish descent. Born in Poland in 1972, and relocated to Athens in 1982. While living there, he studied design and architecture, only coming to the art scene in 2000. Since then, the artist has split his time between designing and teaching. His work is in exhibitions all over the world, while he are living in the UK as well as Poland and Greece.
Creativity Powered By Tehnology
One of the unique factors Martinakis work is his medium. He works with 3D software such as 3dStudioMax and vRay, tools that are often used by architects and digital designers to bring their models to life. The process involves not only creating the 3D models – which he describes as a laborious task. Where he shines is in setting up the backgrounds, lighting and textures in manner so that, his frozen high tech moments evokes something primal.
Gallery: Phase Transition
What We Can Learn From The Artist
Recently Adam and I talked about his work and his process. Here are a few of things we can learn from how he approaches his art:
1 Technology can be an artist’s friend. Seek out new mediums and methods in which you can create.
2 Understand when to take control, and when to let the tools do the work. Allow for lucky accidents.
3 The more you produce, the more likely you are to strike gold with one of your pieces. Quality can come from quantity.
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