“His watercolor birds on large handmade paper may seem to be created with total control – that’s how steadily painted they are. But with a large Chinese calligraphy brush the character of the bird must be captured immediately, by just a few strokes.
An experienced hand and daring lies behind Karl Mårtens’ results.
The Merganser’s head and neck becomes a green-shimmering landscape, and the self conscious Herring Gull’s right wing looks like an arm, nonchalantly stuffed in a pocket.
The eyes of the birds, however, make up the most expressive aspect. The birds’ gazes are uncannily well captured. They become reflections of an inner mysterious life.”