Fernando Martín Godoy creates deceptively simple paintings. His urban landscapes of Madrid, Spain, make use of a limited, monochromatic color palette and basic geometric shapes to convey feeling. Godoy’s work plays with formal elements of light and shadow, shape, and negative space. At first glance, the paintings appear to be an exercise in form without much information or content, but there is detail and subtlety in them which is revealed only after a closer look. (Also, on a computer screen, the angle of view may significantly impact what details are visible. Tilting your screen may help.) These pieces have a sense of mystery that would be appropriate as the cover of a noir detective novel.
Godoy aims to break down any barriers between the art world and the general population: “Art can be totally unnecessary and yet at the same time absolutely vital. I think art is a tool humans use to grapple with the world … I’d be happy if people approached art as naturally and freely as they approach sport, music and film,” he says on Archivo de Creadores de Madrid.