S: AMERICA MARTIN: Through the Eyes of America
BC: Rockland, Maine
FC: A M E R I C A | M ARTIN
1: Through the Eyes of America | Carver Hill Gallery 2012
3: AMERICA MARTIN is a young, Colombian-American artist residing in Los Angeles who is recognized as a prolific, formidable-force of a painter; as exciting to watch paint as the pieces themselves are to view. “Through the Eyes of America” is an intentionally non-thematic show co-curated by gallery owner Jana Halwick and America Martin. Rather than dictate a subject matter, the two strived for complete freedom of inspiration, allowing Martin’s sense of perception to lure the viewer into the beauty that is her world. “By the Pond II” is a vibrant labyrinth of line and color inspired by Diana - the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth - bathing by a Pond with her attendants. Bold, intentional marks confidently create the powerful expressions on the subject's faces while Martin’s remarkable ability to depict emotion, with just a few lines, is clearly evident. Two women with full lips gaze seductively at the viewer while one, with her hand shyly covering her mouth, looks away over your shoulder. The visual plane is typically shallow in Martin’s work, but her use of black and other shadow colors in this piece creates the illusion of depth, tempering all of the energetic movement created by the line, form, and intense color. “Blue Guitar” is a wonderfully audible painting of a man in a cowboy hat sitting on a stool playing a guitar. It is a bold piece, appropriately painted in shades of cobalt and sky blue with tangerine orange defining some of the structure. A shock of pale yellow warming the front of the subject suggests light, and importance. A child-like car moving off of the top of the canvas implies that this man is accessible. Modernist....muralist.... expressionist.... have all been used to describe America. There is so much comfort and familiarity in her art that we feel the need to *place* her somewhere, but America Martin is uniquely herself. Her work is mature, powerful and compelling enough to keep one lingering - for a long time. Jana Halwick - Proprietor/Curator “In a world that rewards derivative creation, it's rare to walk into a gallery and encounter work influenced enough by past masters and movements to indicate the artist actually knows something about her predecessors, but also stands so uniquely stamped with the artist's personality that pinpointing from where she derived this influence is befuddling.” Stacy Davies, Thursday, Mar 15 2012 OC Weekly.
4: "Aloe Plant" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 30"x 60"
6: "Two by Sea" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 56"X 68"
8: "Low Tide" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 77" x 33"
10: "Green Fig" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 44.5" x 68"
12: "Leeks, Mango & Milk" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 41"x 19"
14: "Bird and Boy" Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 29" x 36"
16: "Blue Guitar" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 35"x 61"
18: "In the Evening, We Feed the Rabbits" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 44"x 64"
20: "Salt Cracker & Birds" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 46"x 62"
22: "Reclining by the Bread Fruit Tree" Clay Pencil, Ink on Paper 39"x 20"
24: "Leaves & Night" Pencil & Ink on Paper 22"x 29"
26: "Lemons & Bare Feet" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 24"x 48"
28: "Blue Comb, Blue Ribbon" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 34" x 53"
30: "By the Pond ll" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 60"x 72"
32: "Boy with Leaves" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 27" X 34"
34: "Under the Bread Fruit Tree" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 72"x 32"
36: "Rock, Paper, Scissors" Oil & Acrylic on Canvas 72" x 78"
38: "Sand & Sea" Ink on Japanese Paper 28"x 33"
40: America Martin is represented by:
41: Carver Hill Gallery Rockland, Maine | www.carverhillgallery.com
42: Images Copyright America Martin 2012 Text Copyright Jana Halwick/Carver Hill Gallery 2012 All rights reserved. Published by Press (Your Luck). http://www.carverhillgallery.com No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from: Carver Hill Gallery Jana Halwick - firstname.lastname@example.org | AMERICA MARTIN "Through the Eyes of America"