Western Nevada College Galleries is pleased to present abstract expressionist painter Gil Martin with his exhibit "Painting Wall".
Martin's work space is outdoors, allowing nature to make its impression and become part of his creative process. He uses different types of dirt for his paint colors, which he finds traveling. He creates his paint by mixing dirt with cooked masa and water, then stirs it all together with a broom handle, which also doubles as a paintbrush. Martin works on large, unstretched canvas. He chooses to leave the canvas loose and raw edged so that it an crinkle up, adding to his creative element. His pieces have a base charcoal drawing that is usually completely covered by layers of paint, the drawing provides structure to his work while the subsequent layers of paint add movement, depth, and complexity.
Gil Martin was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He pursued an interest in art at the University of Washington, but not as an artist. Instead receiving his degree in art history and English literature, with the intention of becoming an art historian. After graduation, Martin felt it was important, if he wanted to pursue art history, that he have some personal experience with art materials, not just be theoretical. So he took what would turn out to be a fateful city college painting class; it changed the trajectory of Martin’s life.
From there Martin moved around the United States to study and eventually teach art. He spent a year at the famous abstract expressionism school the Art Students League of New York, in New York City, where an abundance of famous artists have studied, taught, and lectured, including Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. At the University of Oregon, Martin earned his MFA; he did a residency at the Hambridge Center north Georgia; he taught at the Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, as well as a semester-long course in China; and in 2004, he moved to Fallon to take a teaching position at Western Nevada College, where he remains today.
An Artist Reception for Gil Martin will be held on Thursday, September 7th, from 4:30 to 6 pm at Western Nevada College, Carson City Campus in the Main Gallery.