An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist. I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to. The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Donald Martiny.
Donald Martiny is an artist living and working in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
b. 1953, Scotia, NY
“My interest lies in freeing the gesture from the traditional rectangular shaped
support and exploring its potential. My goal is to create work that encourages
a dialogue within the architectural space where it resides and with the viewer.
Painting has traditionally been pretty much a figure/ground situation.
One begins with a defined ground, usually a square or rectangle, and
makes a painting to fit that shape.
For me, that was problematic for a number of reasons:
1. I didn’t like the historical reference to a door or window.
2. The ground became an unnecessary part of the painting as an object.
I decided to make paintings without the ground so the painting itself becomes
Additionally, I want to put the human experience into it. In a sense they are self portraits, a direct reflection of my physicality at a specific time.
I create the works on the floor, moving around them. I often use brooms for
brushes. The paint is a mixture of polymers and dispersed pigment.
Sometimes I add micro bubbles to make them lighter. As a veteran oil painter, I enjoy the idea that in this exploration I am using materials employing nanotechnology and brooms.” DM
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