I had the pleasure of meeting Martin (Marty) Machacek and his lovely business partner wife Dana. I had seen Marty’s work around town at various venues including the Inner Harbour (Causeway), coffee shops and restaurants (Blue Fox, Vic’s Steakhouse, Fernwood Pub), and several people mentioned that we should connect.
This wonderful couple is building a successful business through sales of Marty’s magical imagery. His paintings of Victoria, BC reminds me of what Victoria felt like when I first moved here with my family in the early 1970’s. I remember thinking Victoria was like a fantasyland. All the sites of the day were aglow with colour and architectural pleasures like the Fable Cottage, Inner Harbour, Empress Hotel, and Butchart Gardens.
For me, Marty’s imagery of Victoria provides a new vibration of how visitors and residents alike can identify with Victoria. We are often a city lost between Green, Veggie, Hippie, High Tech, Arty Paradise, Historical and British, and Marty has managed to combine all of these qualities through a fresh lens, and uniquely represent the magic of a beautiful city he now loves and calls home.
I decided to wander down to the Inner Harbour (Causeway) to find Marty’s booth. He can be found there most sunny days selling high quality reproductions, greeting cards, and the occasional original artwork. His booth glows, and is most professional. He has taken it to be like a plein air art gallery with imagery and artwork of the very buildings that are signature to Victoria, BC.
I bought three greeting cards during my visit: Oak Bay Firehall, Big Blue Bridge, and Rogers Chocolates. It was Mother’s Day the following day. While heading up Government Street, I thought, “Hey, if I buy some chocolates to go with the greeting card (image of the Rogers Chocolates building), it will perfectly tie together my favourite things – art and chocolate!” I also felt good buying from two local businesses and felt so inventive at packaging my creative gift!
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Marty was born in raised in the Czech Republic in it’s most beautiful city: Prague. This combined with having studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Alberta, plus years working for architects doing hand renderings of their buildings and projects, helps me understand why he is sensitive to the magic of Victoria, BC. His precision and detail and amazing understanding of perspective makes his work creative and masterful.