Martin W. Ball - Visionary Artist
Martin W. Ball is interested in many forms of creative and personal expression, with fractal art being one of his more recent artistic pursuits. As a visual artist, Martin began drawing as a child, mostly with themes of outer space adventures, science fiction, and also a deep fascination with the natural world, often drawing animals and birds. As a teenager, his artistic creations reflected his interest in Japanese animation styles, largely influenced by the kinds of cartoons he enjoyed watching.
As a young adult, Martin began working with colored pencils, producing highly detailed and realistic images of birds of prey. Influenced by his academic work in the study of shamanism, mysticism, Buddhism, and Native American cultures, he gained inspiration from traditional spiritual iconography and used his artistic creations to explore his own budding spirituality. Using vibrant colors, Martin sought to express a deep love of nature, connectedness, and a sense of the transcendent in his art.
Currently, Martin’s work can be considered as “visionary art.” Much visionary art is inspired by the spiritual and transcendental experiences that are made accessible to perception through the intentional use of entheogens, meditation, and altered states of consciousness. Common themes in visionary art include complex geometry, fractals, and use of radial and bilateral symmetry to create multi-layered and interconnected imagery, often with depictions of subtle energies.
Martin has used his visual art mainly to support his other creative and expressive pursuits as both an author and musician, creating imagery for book covers, CDs, and music videos. Recently, his visual art output has exploded, mainly due to his exploration of digital art and fractal generating programs. Interest in his visual art online has inspired him to create giclees of his recent work and begin public displays of his creations. It is an exciting new area for Martin to explore and he hopes to gain a new audience for his work through shows in the Southern Oregon region.
For more information about Martin’s books (fiction and non-fiction), art, music, and other pursuits, you can visit his webpage at www.martinball.net.