A couple weeks ago, Martin Wittfooth premiered his powerful new collection of paintings at the Lyons Wier Gallery in New York. As he mentioned in his insightful interview with us leading up to the show, The Passions is an exploration of the destructive nature of blind faith, specifically the ideas of martyrdom and sainthood along with the violence, self sacrifice, and suffering frequently associated with these concepts. When realized in Martin’s typically style, surrogate creatures are substituted to make his points with the resulting pieces full of symbolism and searing imagery, all rendered in his signature palette and patina.

More opening photos after the jump…

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