“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.”

Lars-Erik Selin

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