Art Crush: America Martin

Last week I talked a little bit about art's storytelling abilities... and wow guys, America Martin is an artist who can tell a story with only a few lines and bursts of color. Not an easy task, ya hear. I'm talking to all of you contemporary-art-is-so-easy-my-five-year-old-could-do-it folks.

Martin has always painted people, but not in the traditional sense. Instead of simply painting what the person looks like (ugh that's like so 18th century), Martin paints their essence, their character, that intangible quality of the human spirit. I mean that's really the best part, right?

I love when artists embrace their medium, when you can tell a painting is a painting, and you can see the brushstrokes, splatters, and drips. There's an honesty and an energy that emerges when this happens. Not only is the action and hand of the artist revealed, but this energy sets the tone of the painting. In works like Card Players (above) and Pink Tuba, Orange Trombone (below) you can almost hear the sound of cards shuffling and feel music vibrating from the bold splashes of color... now that's good storytelling.

Martin is a Colombian-American artist living, working, and finding inspiration in Los Angeles. Learn more about Martin - and get a peek at her studio! - over on Argot & Ochre.

For all my Maine friends, Carver Hill Gallery in Rockland, Maine, is having their second solo show for America Martin, opening this week! Through the Eyes of America, a show inspired by Maine's countryside, will open for the First Friday Art Walk on August 3rd, from 5 – 8pm. The gallery will also host a Q & A session at 1:00pm on Saturday, followed by a reception until 4pm. If you go, I'd love to hear about it!

Images: Nightingale Lady | Card Players | Pink Tuba, Orange Trombone | Blue Bird