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Blockhead in black space



Eddie Martinez

United States of America

1977 –

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    United States of America
    Media category
    Materials used
    oil, spray paint, collaged canvas and thumbtacks on canvas
    190.0 x 243.85 cm
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., oil "EM 20".

    Gift of Costa Charalambous 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Eddie Martinez
    Artist information
    Eddie Martinez

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Eddie Martinez has a background in street art. The titular ‘blockhead’ in this painting functions like a graffiti tag, an artistic trademark which the artist deploys in a wide range of media including drawing, sculpture and painting. The ‘blockheads’ in Blockhead in space also evoke art historical precedents such as the crudely outlined faces of French proponent of ‘art brut’, Jean Dubuffet, and the strange bulbous heads that appear in the late paintings of American artist Philip Guston.

    The surface of Blockhead in space is aggressively worked. Seen up close, it is revealed to be composed from cut pieces of canvas held together by thumbtacks and overpainted with a diverse range of gestures and marks. Densely layered and energetically composed, it combines the speed and raw immediacy of graffiti with a thoughtful appreciation of the history of late 20th Century expressionistic painting.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    United States of America