Deborah Martin (b. Boston, 1961) is a contemporary American Painter and Independent Curator based in Sky Valley located in Southern California's Mojave Desert. Her artistic work examines the complexities of individual experience particularly in relation to home, isolation and memory. Much of her practice emerges in collaborative conversation with writers and poets, taking form through exhibitions and publications. For the past several years she has been collaborating with the Los Angeles poet and literary critic Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut.
Martin's stark landscape paintings often feature marginalized communities located on the fringes of American society. Martin's figurative work exists in the same realm as her landscapes. Portraits of Autism explores the relationship and impact autistic children have within their immediate family and community. Using visual art, this new body of work creates a platform for social awareness while opening up a discussion about available support systems, funding and housing for both children and adults diagnosed on the Spectrum. Each Portrait focuses in part on relationship, connection and methods of communication. This ongoing series follows the process a family goes through as their autistic child becomes an adult when access to Federally mandated funding is discontinued at the age of 21.
Martin's work has been featured in numerous publications including art ltd., Palm Springs Life Arts + Culture, Palm Springs Life Magazine, Angeleno Magazine, Fabrik, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Building Provincetown written by David Dunlap and published by the Provincetown Historical Commission, The Provincetown Banner, Provincetown Magazine and New American Paintings among others.
Her work has been shown and is included in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), Provincetown, MA. She is a recipient of the Orlowsky Freed Foundation Grant sponsored in part by PAAM (2011) and a finalist in the shortlist of seventy for the 2018 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London. Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.
Deborah Martin is represented by AMP Gallery, Provincetown, MA | George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA | Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA | MM Fine Art, South Hampton, NY