• The History of Martin Wittfooth:
Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto in 1981, and spent most of his childhood in Finland, moving back to Toronto in 1993 where he earned his BAA in Illustration from Sheridan College in 2003. He currently lives and works as an illustrator and fine artist in New York City, where he earned his MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Wittfooth’s oil paintings explore disquieting themes of industry and nature, unhinged evolution, the clash of old ideologies with modern fears, and the growing shadow of the human footprint on the earth. Set in atmospheric landscapes rendered over many paint layers on canvas, linen, or wood panels, these themes are realized through a combination of symbolism, the juxtaposition of visual narratives, and the displacement of expected realities. The worlds created in Wittfooth’s paintings implore the viewer to question the status quo, to challenge that which is taken for granted, and to proceed with caution on our present course.
As art lovers we love the color schemes and character designed in the collection released by Wittfooth. These pieces at a quick glance would appear to be Wittfooth’s version of animal art dedicated to Alice in Wonderland. After taking a detailed gaze and allowing our minds to be creative we notice several pieces that hinted on a few political and cultural insights. For example, the rabbit on a bed of batteries can be looked at as the Energizer Bunny and the marketing surrounding those promises. The bull on a skyscrapper can be looked at as the ever so popular symbol for the Wall Street Bull. These are just the ideas that came to our heads here at the GoodGarbs headquarters. Tell Us What you get from these pieces and how they made you feel at first glance.