When I first saw the Melvin Martinez painting I could not stop saying “I LOVE THIS PAINTING!”
I found it impossible to look away from the huge canvas in front of me with its explosion of undulating bright colors and varied textures. What a treat to experience such a wonderful work in a private collection in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I took a photo of the large painting and did some research on Martinez when I returned home.
The Yvon-Lambert Gallery website describes his paintings as being made from “both oil and acrylic paint adorned with glitter, confetti, and other decorative elements… Martinez uses materials more common in creating decorative crafts, capturing the distinctive celebratory elements of the Caribbean region where he lives; evoking a sense of joy, festivity and pleasure in those who view his paintings.”
Even that glowing description is an understatement! I was blown away by Melvin’s use of every brilliant color and ultra-thick paint application, in which strands of pearls and bows and ribbons are embedded. The glitter layer made the whole canvas seem even more like a party, a decorated birthday cake, and a salsa tune wrapped into one.
Here are two more of his paintings:
A photo of the painting I saw sat taped next to my computer and after looking at it all winter, I was inspired to create a family of necklaces that I hope will evoke the feeling of Melvin’s paintings. As an homage to Melvin Martinez’s work, the “Melvin” family is now here. Each necklace is different but includes a variety of glittery, funky beads in Caribbean colors. Have a little fun and wear at least two of these at once!
A few of the MELVIN family…
See all three of these Melvins worn together…pretty crazy but even more like a real Melvin painting.