CHRISTOPHER MARTIN GALLERY

                                                       1533 Dragon Street 

                                                              Dallas, TX

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are layered bursts of energy inspired by nature’s movement, blending  the here and now with memories. Forms and lines fall into a sea of emotion. Shapes and reflections drift into volumetric configurations.  This effect captures the essence of nature’s and light creating an artistic metaphor opaque, airy, thick and organic.


I pour colors onto the canvas and watch what happens, intuitively I edit. In a manner similar to the impressionist mindset. There is, in me, a constant attentive awareness to create light within the work through color pairings and interactions. This is an emotional response to my surroundings. A moment is captured not as a pastoral landscape; but as the glow of light or movement of forms. My tendency leans to the calm, soothing organic application over the vigorous brushstroke. 


Mixed media allows for more creative freedom and gives the materials a voice. I direct, they sing.  The materials are manipulated and moved around in an effort to form the idea of the painting.  Mediums are added to get the desired consistency and texture. I chime in to gather the idea together.


Translucency is created via different techniques and is usually the result of great experimentation. Water and other mediums are added to the materials to allow for spontaneous incidental reactions. I then use hard edges in the oil paint to edit, finding the gems in underlying layers.  Mark making in the painting serves as a resting place for the eye and adds diversity from the organic shapes in my work.  I also use graphite and oil pastel as drawn elements. 


The most common reoccurring theme in my work would be the ocean or natural elements and forms.   The shapes serve as anchors for the mind to stop and reflect upon.  They can be identified either as ambiguous or as recognizable forms based on  what the viewer brings to the piece.  I heighten some shapes by making them a focal point or lessen by hiding them beneath other paint layers. Often I aim to create the sense of a pool of water or an image seen within a crashing wave.


Additionally, I have a pull toward distinctive color palettes at certain times of the year as the seasons change.  I use either subtle or intense color interaction alternately to create depth or space. The overall process could be called a discovery as I am intuitively responding to shapes as they form whether intentional or as a happy accident. 

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Representation

Addison Gallery

206 N.E 2nd Street 

Delray Beach Florida 33444

561.278.5700

http://www.addisongallery.com

                                         

Pryor Fine Art

764 Miami Circle

Atlanta, Ga 30324

404.352.8775

www.pryorfineart.com

Atrium Art Gallery

                                           61 Queen Street

                                     Charleston, SC  29401

                                             843.973.3300

                                   www.AtriumArtGallery.com

Jules Place

1200 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02118

617.542.0644

www.julesplace.com

Christopher Martin Gallery
1533 Dragon St 
Dallas, TX 75207
https://www.christophermartingallery.com/dallas

Merritt Gallery

88 Village Square

Baltimore Md, 21210

410.484.8900

www.renaissancefinearts.com

Anne Loucks Gallery

309 Park Avenue
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
847.835.8500

http://loucksgallery.com/artists#/liz-barber/

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Corporate Commissions

Sibley Hospital                                  Washington, D.C.

 

Mayo Clinic                                          Jacksonville, FL   

                          

The Four Seasons                              Atlanta,GA

The Ritz Carlton Sarasota                 Sarasota, FL

       
The Cove Atlantis                                  Nassau, Bahamas                      
              
Beverly Hills Hotel                                 Beverly Hillls, CA
                      
Yale Hospital                                            New Haven, CT
​Wailea Resort                                          Monkapu Beach, HI
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Archbold Hospital                                  Thomasville, GA
Cosmoplitan Resort Casino              Las Vegas, NV
 
Athero Genex                                           Alpharetta, GA
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Solo Exhibitions

Christopher Martin Gallery    2020         Dallas, TX

Addison Gallery                     2020         Delray, FL

Studio Montclair                    2019         Montclair, NJ

Pippin Contemporary              2018         Santa Fe, NM

Umstead Gallery                     2016         Cary, NC

JF Gallery                                2016        Marietta, GA

Thomasville Center Arts         2014         Thomasville, GA

Huff Harrington Fine Art          2013         Atlanta, GA

Gregg Irby Fine Art                 2008         Atlanta, GA

Rutledge Street Gallery          2001         Camden, SC

V. Reed Gallery                      1999          Atlanta, GA

 

Group Exhibitions

Keyes Art                                           2019              Sag Harbor, NY

Addison Gallery                                  2015-2018    Delray FL

Pippin Contemporary                         2015-2019     Santa Fe, NM

Pryor Fine Art                                     2015-2019    Atlanta, GA

Jules Place                                         2013-2019    Boston, MA

Scope Miami                                      2015              Miami, FL

(Untitled Projects Los Angeles, CA)                                                   Marietta Museum of Art                      2014             Marietta, GA

Palm Beach International                   2014             Palm Beach,, FL Spotlight on Art Trinity School            2014-2001    Atlanta, GA

Huff Harrington                                   2014-2009    Atlanta, GA

The Story of the Creative                    2013            Long Island City,NY Columbus Museum               2013             Columbus, GA

Thomasville Center Art                       2014            Thomasville, GA

Saks Fifth Ave Gallery                        2011            Atlanta, GA

Thomasville Center Arts                     2011          Thomasville, GA   

Huff Harrington Fine Art                     2011-2013    Atlanta, GA

Gregg Irby Fine Art                             2009-2000   Atlanta, GA 

Studio Montclair                                 2008             Montclair, NJ

Valdosta State University                   2008             Valdosta,GA

Swan Coach House                           2007             Atlanta, GA

 

Publications

  • Boston Magazine                             Summer      2015
  • EXPOSE Art Magazine                    March          2015
  • Artvoices Magazine                          December   2014
  • Studio Visit Magazine                      January       2013
  • Sudio Visit Magazine                       January       2012
  • Spotlight on Art Brochure Cover      February     2012              
  • Atlanta Social Season                      Spring         2011              
  • Museums and Galleries                   Nov/Dec      2009             
  • Art in the U.S.                                  December    2007            
  • Eimsbuttler Wochenblatt                  November    2007             
  • Southern Living                                Summer       2002             
  • Southern Living Weddings               June             2002             
  • South Carolina Homes & Gardens   November    2000                    

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