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Acrylic paint on 5 sheets of transparent acetate film.

210 × 297mm 2008

It only makes the image here wnen all 5 sheets of acetate are layered in the correct order and the right way round.

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Martin Kirkwood was born in London, England in 1969 and still resides in southern England today. Although a self taught artists his works hang in private collections in Canada, USA, Singapore, Finland as well as throughout the United Kingdom.

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  • Romo
    Romoover 6 years ago

    Excellent work:)

  • Thanks. Laying a new sheet of acetate over wet acrylics and watching them squidge about then applying more wet paint and more layers of acetate film is a fascinating experiment and there’s no need to wait for each layer to dry. :)

    – Martin Kirkwood

  • Danielle Davenport
    Danielle Daven...over 6 years ago

    Hi Martin! I think this is a fantastic and unique way to create your work… its looking really great and your style is very refreshing… Im enjoying watching your painting endeavors and always look forward to seeing the next!!!!

  • Thanks Danielle. This is still a very experimental technique for me, I don’t know if it’s been done before or not but it is great fun. Misaligning the acetate layers, unpeeling and relaying them over wet paint can have surprisingling great or sometimes disasterous consequences. :)

    – Martin Kirkwood

  • Danielle Davenport
    Danielle Daven...over 6 years ago

    I have never heard of a technique like this Martin… I am amazed at how fantastic the placement of the colors, tones, shadows and highlights are. You are a natural talent and have an innate sense for painting. Sheesh… I can only imagine how great this technique is going to be as you experiment more!!

  • jss9812
    jss9812over 6 years ago

    very nice

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Certainly outside the box on this one Martin. Very smart idea.

  • ENaLu
    ENaLuover 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing your magic on this one

  • Stzar
    Stzarover 6 years ago

    Beautiful work ~ fantastic depth, wonderful colours, lively and bright expression

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 6 years ago

    gorgeous work.

  • catbishop
    catbishopabout 6 years ago

    love this, nice work!

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraabout 6 years ago

    Absolutely fascinating self-portrait…; mainly, because it’s so ‘different’ from just about everybody else’s work. ;-)

    For me, all art is an experiment; because, if I’m not in the constant process of experimenting; then, it means I’m following strict rules; and, following strict rules is simply far too boring; which is why they say, ‘rules are meant to be broken!’

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