Paintings priced $2,500 - $5,000
Martiesian continues her journey as a painter of nature. This exhibit includes primarily the latest works from 2013 and 2014 with a smattering of older Bert Gallery favorites. The artist makes no apologies for a career of steadfast painting, no distractions into new media and art forms, just oil on canvas and her uncanny ability to study nature; interpret the rhythmic cycle of habitats. These are by no means pretty little landscapes but large powerful renderings with unrelenting color. What many would overlook in a backyard garden, on a walk through the neighborhood or during a New England seasonal shift are recorded by the artist and celebrated: the tumult, the transition and the messiness.
“My thought process is visual. I don't think in words and ideas and then translate to images. I think in imagery, space, color and line. As I progress in painting, that mode of visual thinking becomes stronger and my painting becomes stronger because of it." - MartiesianArtist Bio and Networks Video portrait
Sculptures priced $250 - $1,200
While Martiesian finds inspiration in the natural, Speiser is an urbanite. The sculptor introduces a new body of polychrome wood sculptures where he tames raw wood scraps with paint and color, then assembles them into quirky tableaus. Geometric shapes of squares, rectangles and triangles combine with cast off plywood from a carpenter’s floor to transmute into trees, creatures, ships, neighborhoods and forests.
At times whimsical, at times rough, these little sculptures (mostly under 12") become characters in a narrative. They test the viewers imagination like a Rorschach inkblot psych test to identify and analyze art objects from the isolation of the individual to the interplay of the group dynamic.
"A sense of humor is very much part of my work. This is not Angst-ridden work." - SpeiserArtist Bio and Networks Video portrait