Survivors of the Apocalypse

MARTIN WITTFOOTH — BABEL.  Some of the most beautiful, moving and relevant paintings of our time.

BABEL by New York based artist Martin Wittfooth is the new book featuring 124 pages of  masterful works spanning over five years (2009-2014).

Martin’s work is a rich narrative tapestry that celebrates animals as victors after an apparent apocalyptic event. “Animal apparitions trapped within theatrical atriums caught acting out scenes of good and evil, life and death.”

“Instinctive and purposeful, New York-based oil painter Martin Wittfooth conveys mention of the Masters while sifting through personal revelations, environmental phenomena and socio-political disturbances.” (Nocturne II featured in BABEL).

BABEL is a museum-grade publication documenting seven prolific solo exhibitions featuring large-scale oil paintings: De Anima (2014), Empire (2012), The Passions (2011), Gardens (2010), Tempest (2010), Babylon (2009), Sandcastles in the Tide (2008) and Melting Season 2006).

BABEL features written contributions by Marshall Arisman, Kirsten Anderson, Martin Wittfooth and Mark Murphy.

Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto, Canada in 1981. He earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2008. Wittfooth’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, with solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Montreal. His paintings have also appeared in numerous publications, including cover features in New American Paintings, Hi-Fructose, and American Artist, to name a few. He has lectured at various art institutions, including Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and The Museum of American Illustration in New York City.

Martin Wittfooth’s works are presently featured in the exhibitions “The Lost Mitten Society” at Jonathan Levine Gallery and “Abundantia Cornu Copiae” at Stephen Romano Gallery.

All images provided by Martin Wittfooth for this article.  



Martin Wittfooth “Atman (Mirage)”, 25” x 24”, oil on linen, 2014


Martin Wittfooth “Harvest, 68″ x 54”, Oil on canvas, 2012


Martin Wittfooth “Entheogen”, 52″ x 40″, Oil on linen, 2012.


Martin Wittfooth “Incantation” (central panel of a collaborative triptych with artist Jean Labourdette), 75″ x 69″, oil and gold leaf on canvas, 2014


Martin Wittfooth “Loot Bag”, 18″ x 24″, oil on canvas, 2013


Martin Wittfooth “Nocturne” 72″ x 48″, oil on linen, 2013


Martin Wittfooth “Nocturne II”, 46″ x 57″, oil on canvas, 2013


Martin Wittfooth “The Aviary”, 80″ x 120″, oil on linen, 2013


Martin Wittfooth “The Devil’s Playground”, 48″ x 36″, oil on panel, 2010


Martin Wittfooth “Smoke Signals”, 72″ x 54″, oil on canvas, 2013


Martin Wittfooth “The Sacrifice”, 64″ x 50″, Oil on canvas, 2011


Martin Wittfooth “Fountain”, 56″ x 42″, oil on linen, 2011