Martina Nehrling, ‘Goings On’, 2013, Kathryn Markel Fine Arts

About Martina Nehrling

Martina Nehrling’s abstract compositions are aggregations of distinct, highly saturated, short brushstrokes, to which she ascribes a “staccato quality.” Nehrling thinks of her work as resembling a range of sensory patterns, like currents, eddies, lists, and rants; in fact, they reflect the artist’s cacophonic and vibrant impression of urban environments, what she calls “the pulsation of the beautiful and the horrific relentlessly clashing.” The fervent palettes and chaotic compositions in her paintings disguise her deliberate application: each form is slowly built up of layers, perhaps most visible in the brush marks that appear to have borders in contrasting colors. Nehrling finds most kinship with Édouard Vuillard and Claude Monet, making some of her works in homage to the Impressionists.