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Martin is nearly done with his Sophomore year at college. He's learned a lot in the last two years and he's done a lot of beautiful work. I've been meaning to write a post about his art for ages, and finally, I'm getting around to it. The catalyst was the fact that last week I dropped off three of his prints that I absolutely LOVE, at a new frame workshop that I found in the next village over and I picked the framed pieces up today, and they are BEAUTIFUL.

The triptych was the result of an assignment Martin had during Freshman year in a graphic arts class, where he was supposed to choose a famous painting and do a graphic rendering of it in three parts: simple, simpler and simplest (or complicated, less complicated and least complicated, I guess you could also say). Martin choose Judith and the Head of Holofernes by Gustav Klimt, though he obviously didn't know the title of the work when he chose it, because he told me later that he got really hung up when he was halfway through the project until he suddenly realized that what she was holding was a SEVERED HEAD and that gave him the jolt of energy he needed to get the job done! Hahaha!

Judith Triptych (based on Klimt) by Martin Ek, photo and framing by Benny Andersson, Sandhaga Bild och Ram

We hung them tonight, in the living room, and they look fantastic. I am so pleased, both by the beautiful artwork that MY CHILD produced and the framing job that was done for them (for much less than the price I was originally quoted in Lund).

I think Martin truly has a gift for graphic design and his work in Illustrator and Photoshop bears me out. He's working on a degree in Photography, though, and his photography is just as fantastic as the other types of artwork he produces. You can see some of his more recent projects on his Instagram but he doesn't post there nearly often enough for his mother's taste. :D

The series of images he did before Christmas are particularly fun. He only has about half of them up on Instagram, but he did around 20 of them all told. They are all students at the school, and the backgrounds are the tops they are wearing. He did a fantastic job on the series, and I would be very hard pressed to choose a favorite. He's showing a real affinity for portrait work and fashion photography, and I love all of them.

Even though it's pretty certain that he won't be able to continue at this (extremely expensive) school, I think that what he will take away with him will stand him in good stead. He went in with a good eye and an artistic nature, and I think he'll be coming out with techniques, knowledge and hopefully, the drive to move forward with his photography dream.

I would show you more of his school projects if his portfolio was online and easily accessible but you'll just have to wait, though hopefully not until he's world-famous! :D
mood: cheerful
music: Poema—Clean Getaway


Extremely impressive artwork! And the shots on his Instagram account are equally as remarkable. He does, indeed, have talent. You are rightfully proud!


Thanks! I think he's a genius of course, but I am admittedly a little biased. Only a little, though. :D

The frame really suits the subject matter, but I am most particularly impressed with his eye for condensing the subject matter so cleanly. Is there no programme for him to continue in Sweden or elsewhere in the EU that would not cos a fortune?

I'm sure there is, but he seems determined to stay in the US, for now.

Oh, isn't he talented! They are really wonderful Liz and I can understand that you are bursting with pride.

What a pity that he may not be able to continue where he is at present, but someone with that eye and his work ethic will probably succeed anywhere if he puts his mind to it. As you say, he has the base knowledge as well as the obvious flair.

Well, he's told us that he's not 100% happy with the school...apparently there lots of issues with the photography department. But still, it is a shame that he can't continue and get his degree dealt with in 4 years altogether.

From Megsie

Wow! He is really talented! I think it is absolutely awesome that you had these framed and hung in your living room. So cool.

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