Posts in Press 2015

In the last five years, Deborah Martin has concentrated on painting local habitations far removed from mainstream America, yet evoking quintessential core values in our national psychology. She manages to avoid a voyeuristic curiosity while honestly exposing unselfconscious attitudes of strange places where people have made themselves comfortable... Martin is something of an archivist, seeking out stories lost in time…motivated by the jumble of memory, wanting some confusion to activate her emotion.

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Over the past 30 years, however, interest in works by Wendt, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose, Maurice Braun, and others has increased in lockstep with American art in general. And many notable paintings depict the Palm Springs and the surrounding desert towns. Today, the Impressionist tradition continues with desert landscape painters such as Mary-Austin Klein, William Scott Jennings, Deborah Martin, Niles Nordquist, Andrew Dickson, and others.

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Walt Whitman wrote in the preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, “The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.” This theme manifests throughout the work of Deborah Martin, a contemporary painter who conveys the essence inherent within marginalized communities that exist on the fringes of American society.

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