Raymond Martin was born in 1958 in Lac-à-la-Croix (Lac-St-Jean) in Quebec and has lived for around twenty years in Moncton in New Brunswick. In 1981, he received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Ottawa and then, in 1986, he obtained a master's degree in psychology from the University of Moncton. Now a child psychologist, he has been painting for many years.
“ Raymond Martin translates the beauty and wonder of the world into remarkable paintings. Their simplified contours and solid views resonate like material analogies of the unconscious, the mythical and the spiritual. Lines incised in thick impasto accompany us along paths and labyrinthine decorative motifs in a non-linear space-time that resembles a waking dream.
As an expression of the spontaneous, intuitive self, the awakened child within, Martin's art can be linked to the history of "childish" works by 20th century artists like Picasso , Klee and Dubuffet. Within the Acadian art scene in Moncton, his work shares affinities with the “Neofolk” paintings of Yvon Gallant, Nancy Morin and Francis Coutellier. Integrating a deep awareness of the psychological power and magic of children's drawings, his enchanted vision poetically merges the Cartesian split between inner human consciousness and the objective reality of the external world. »
Excerpts from the essay “The Enchanted Vision of Raymond Martin” by Terry Graff, January 1994
Public and private collections
Raymond's paintings are included in important public collections, including the Canada Council Art Bank, Foreign Affairs Canada, the New Brunswick Art Bank and the Gallery collection. art Beaverbrook. His works are also found in several corporate and private collections.