Martina Furlong was born in Co.Wexford, Ireland where she now resides after many years living in London, UK. She received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1996.
Martina paints colourful, textured landscapes and abstracts in oils and acrylics. Her paintings are inspired by the beauty, ruggedness and magical quality of the Irish landscape as well as many other intriguing things she encounters every day.
In her work she likes to mix reality with memories and imagination and paint her own interpretation of it. She exaggerates colour, applies layer upon layer of paint, then works back into the surface with various tools as well as pallet knives and brushes to create sensuous works of art with a wonderful tactile quality.
She is currently working on her Internal World Series of paintings which she began in 2019. This series is her response to research into spiritual hunger, the mystery of being human, looking internally and connecting to nature.
These abstract landscapes are a metaphor for our internal landscape, the sacred place where we process all our daily thoughts, be they negative or positive. The use of dark and bright colours side by side reflects the quest to find a balance of the darkness and light within as we try to navigate our own unique world.
The paintings are built up layer by layer, overlapped, scraped back and drawn into using various tools, giving a sense of history to each piece.