Ron Martin began his painting career amid the boisterous art scene of the 1960s in London, Ontario. He has become known for his systematic and conceptually driven abstractions that exploit the materiality of his medium. Contrary to prevalent modes of modernist abstraction, Martin's work emphasizes the relationship between each painting and the viewer - rather than the artist and the canvas - and the resulting tactile experience. Despite aesthetic variances within his work, all of his paintings retain a tangible physicality and sensuous quality. This work has a volcanic surface that simultaneously marries Martin's interest in the tactility of acrylics with the perceptual shifts that occur when the viewer's eye darts between the areas of black and white.