Agnes Bernice Martin RCA, was a Canadian born American abstract painter. Her work has been defined as an “essay in discretion on inward-ness and silence”. Although she is often considered or referred to as a minimalist, Martin considered herself an abstract expressionist.
Agnes Martin created her only major print project, “On a Clear Day,” towards the end of a seven-year period (1967-1974) during which she made no paintings. Martin had moved to an isolated mesa in New Mexico to live in isolation. She had spent the previous decade in New York City, a time during which she had critical and commercial success but disliked the distractions of the busy city, desiring a quieter, clearer place to live where she could make her “egoless” art that was imbued with beauty, openness and joy. Invited to make a print project in 1971, it took her two years to bring it to fruition. The results were “On a Clear Day.” Shortly after finishing the project, she resumed her painting practice, which she continued until she passed away in 2004.