"The Brooklyn-born Andre Martinez Reed, is an artist of seriousness
and substance, exceptionally gifted and well-disciplined across many fields and
many disciples, these united in a common pursuit of excellence and in artful
and exceptional expression in art of himself and his world."
The magic of André’s visual work is it’s interweaving of abstraction and representation. They function as separate cogs in a well-oiled engine.
It’s the way African-derived polyrhythm functions. A rumba, samba, funk or swing shuffle is built on an ensemble of instruments.
In every rhythm each instrument or instrument section is assigned a specific repetitive part unique to that section.
The part itself won’t get you sweating up the dance floor. It’s when the parts roll together that the groove catches fire.
Homage to Gustave Courbet I | Oil on canvas, 60" 72"
"The Job Of The Artist Is Always To Deepen The Mystery." (Francis Bacon)
Voyage To India - Oil on Canvas - 48x48
"When we make the mistake of thinking that the primitive mind is governed solely by organic and economic needs,
we forget that he levels the same reproach at us, and to him, his desire for knowledge seems more balanced than ours."
“ I do not doubt interiors have their interiors, and exteriors have their exteriors,
and that the eyesight has another eyesight, and the hearing another hearing, and the voice another voice.” Walt Whitman
This quote by Walt Whitman seems to encapsulate the dimensionality of the creative spirit of my friend, Andre Martinez Reed.
My first encounter with Andre Martinez Reed was at the Henry Gregg Gallery, which he owned and curated. The power and diversity of works on exhibit were quick to spark a lively interchange. It was immediately apparent that the works exhibited were, in a sense, reflections of Andre’s keen, discerning, and often spiritual sensibility.
As my relationship with Andre deepened, I realized he was truly an artist accomplished in several diverse art forms. His rich background as a composer, and drummer, working with legendary Cecil Taylor and other jazz greats, coalesced with his abstraction in visual art.
As a photographer, in addition to exhibiting in his gallery, I was fortunate enough to photograph a selection from the treasure trove of Andre’s paintings.
The colors flow, the forms lay rhythmically on the canvas and dance almost as a jazz drum beats-one art form flowing in syncopation into another, often surrendering to the spirit beneath the paint, waiting to appear...
This collection of images, coming together in a book, will provide sustaining victuals for a searching artistic soul.
Anthony Almeida, Photographer
Chairman of Photography Initiatives, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY.
"Using the camera to illustrate the presence of the para normal, the spiritual, Martinez shot seemingly mundane, unremarkable scenes ofhouse furnishings stirring in normal light using no more than a simple lens and film. The images caught are surreal, suggesting, isolating, a spirit presence.This exhibition is designed to create an atmosphere of spiritual dialog between painter, subject and visitor.
It can easily extend as a long journey, a metaphysical voyage. All one need do, as I have done, is look, look again."
"I believe, to understand the workings of the Spirits roaming the Universe, one must first become aware of its existence. Once one does, it is only a matter of stepping through the door. One cannot look back as one explores one's subtle surroundings and realize the wonder of all the infinite possibilities that exist around us. As an artist, one need not labor to capture the unexplained in a photograph, music or painting. With one's openness of mind, the result will make the presence of Spirit known and felt in the works that will become a living entity if true.
André Martinez Reed
The Vanished Minds
A Ritual for Symphony
The Various Shades of Grey
The Dark Side Of The City
In The Shadows
The Forgotten Sides
A Gathering of Angels
André Martinez Reed © 4/25/2020
Whatever you create, create with an intent to please a higher power.
Create with pureness and integrity.
Create with patience and endurance through all phases of life.
In times of strife, search for the meaning of the lesson behind the chaos.
When life returns to normalcy, never forget what is in control of all.
Whatever your art may be, reflect all phases, but never forget to strive.
Strive in pleasing the beauty, the peace, and the intent found in art in its rawest form.
Aiming to please the ruler of all.
All thanks be to God.
In The Forest
A Most Magical Occurrence
The Kallawaya Medicine Man
A Spotlight in The Dark
André Martinez Reed ©4/22/2020
Another Day #2 - 4/25/2020
André Martinez Reed
Beyond The Abstract
The Silent Sounds
Searching For Air
Spirits And Ancestors
Leap Into The Void
André Martinez Reed © 4/25/2020
Another Day #3
Wondering Where You Been
Dinner, Drinks and Conversation
Feed The Birds
Build The Garden
Welcome The Bee’s
André Martinez Reed © 4/28/2020
The Great Awakening
A Cloak Of Disguises
Ghosts Are Everywhere
While Millions Suffer And Scramble
No Where To Hide!
Peace On Earth
André Martinez Reed©5/2/2020
Another Day #5
Everywhere I Go Now
No Matter Where
I Worry About The Bubbles!
André Martinez Reed©5/9/2020
Another Day #6
As Some Take Heed To The Reality Of Things
In The Present!
Others Feel The Restraint
Like Wild Horses In A Stable
Longing To Run Free!
Have They Let Thier Guards Down
Where Is Wildfire?
André Martinez Reed©5/4/2020
Another Day #7
Thinking Of The Mothers On Earth Today!
All The Great Leaders Of Today
The Hopi Elders Have Always Believed
That The Leaders Should Be Concerned
For The Next Seven Generations To Come!
To Learn About Life
Plant A Tree
Look At The Community That Lives Around That Tree
The Ants, The Birds, The Snakes, The Flowers, The Animals, etc.
Follow The Sick Animal In The Forest
He Will Lead You To The Medicine!
Have We Fallen Way, Way, Way Behind?
Growing Tired Of Paying For Things That Were Designed To Break
Longing For Built To Last The Old Fashion Way
In A Disposible World!
André Martinez Reed ©5/5/2020
Another Day #8
Thinking And Rethinking
How, When and Why?
Over And Over Again!
Questioning and Questioning Everything Around Me!
I Look Towards The Sky
Then Ask Myself
What Is Going On?
Above Me Right Now!
André Martinez Reed © 5/8/2020
Another Day # 9
Why The Ghosting Of The Possible Truth
Who Is Trying To Hide It
For What Reason?
I Stopped Watching Regular TV Almost Forty Years Ago
I Could No Longer Handle The Commercials Any Longer!
The Pharmacuetical Ads
Made Me Feel Sick!
Went To See A Friend After A Long Time
He Had The News On
Within Fifteen Minutes
I Wanted To Run For My Life
"This Is Insane!!!!"
As Crazy Eddie's Use to Say
André Martinez Reed - ©5/9/2020
Indivisible With Liberty And Justice For All
Oil on Canvas
As I Travel Across The Land
Everything Suddenly Looks The Same
Not Sure Where I Am Anymore
What Happened To
The University Of Diversity?
André Martinez Reed© 5/6/2020
Oil on Canvas
Stop, Stop, Stop!
Is This The Point Of No Return?
André Martinez Reed © 5/11/2020
Tinkerbell - Oil on Canvas
"Look past the spiritual and bring yourselves into enlightenment. Knowing truth is what we
came here to strive for. Illumination of the heart to live life purely. To correct our mistakes and ask for mercy. To walk a straight path. To give
without condition. To love all of God’s creations. To know that we are not separate from one another, all striving to figure out what we will have
to answer for. Can you hear the call, can you feel the guidance that calls you to purify your heart."
Lauren Martinez © 5/30/202