Grand Opening of its New York gallery on Madison Avenue with INIZIO, an inaugural exhibition of reverse paintings by Christopher H. Martin
Manhattan, NY. October 7th, 2018 — Christopher Martin Gallery of Aspen and Dallas proudly announces the grand opening of its New York Gallery located at 1015 Madison Avenue, in between 78th and 79th Street, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The VIP Grand Opening and artists reception is planned for Thursday, October 25th, from 6-9 pm.
The opening exhibition, titled INIZIO, features a new body of work by Aspen-based American painter Christopher H. Martin, an abstract painter renowned for evolving the medium of reverse glass painting. Martin's radical reinterpretation of the art form allows for a freedom of expression unachievable by conventional methods. Depicting abstraction from observations in nature, Martin refers to his style of painting as Organic Expressionism. With a career, that spans over two decades, Martin has shown in Paris, Basel, Berlin, Miami, New York, Hamptons, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Notable achievements include a 120 ft. painting commissioned for the Formula One racetrack, Circuit of The Americas in 2012. The work is considered to be the largest painting of its type in the world. In 2013, Martin’s works were included in the 55th Venice Biennale collateral exhibition Personal Structures. His paintings can be found in private and corporate collections across the U.S. and in several countries. The opening exhibition also features a limited selection of recent glass works, by Mexico City-based American artist Orfeo Quagliata and stainless steel sculptures from Ryan T. Schmidt from Little Rock, AR. Quagliata breathes new life into the glass world by introducing several groundbreaking techniques showcased throughout his collections. Schmidt creates atmospheric and reflective monuments. The exhibition runs through November 28th, 2018.
About Christopher Martin Gallery | NY
Christopher Martin Gallery | NY is operated by a newly founded partnership between, Susie Noddle an art collector and Commercial Real Estate impresario from New York & Omaha; and Ken Pilot, a DTC Consultant —formerly Gap, J.Crew, and Ralph Lauren executive— from New York. With support from Christopher Martin Studio, the New York Gallery follows the model advanced by the Dallas Gallery, founded in 1995; and the Aspen Gallery opened in 2010. The galleries provide an active platform to showcase the breadth of Christopher H. Martin’s reverse glass paintings on acrylic as well as the work of a selected group American mid-career sculptors with dedicated studio practices, among them David Middlebrook, Jim Keller, Gregory Price, Brandon Reese, Michael Enn Sirvet, Jarrett West and Orfeo Quagliata. The New York Gallery is directed by Antonio Cortez. Gallery hours are Sunday & Monday 11 am to 5 pm and Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 6 pm.
About the Inaugural INIZIO Exhibition
For INIZIO, Executive Director Antonio Cortez curated recent works by Christopher H. Martin inspired by Martin’s thoughtful reflections about his works and his outlook into the future of his artistic practice. The selection of paintings reflects a rediscovery of previous techniques and a reinvention of recent aesthetics. In the eight-foot square painting named Wicked Garden, Martin uses a neutral palette of cascading bluish gray interlaced with soft metallic undertones, mixed with free-flowing interwoven black strokes, and a palate of vibrant colors to fill the spaces in between. The work negotiates geometry and abstraction, control and abandon; recombining chromatic energy with neutral tones and fusing natural abstraction with contemporary modernist aesthetics. In other paintings, like the eight-foot square titled, Dreamy Galactic Lover, Martin uses a palette of earthy tones layered with light circular strokes depicting bodies that appear to float devoid of gravity. Martin lightly hones the surface of the acrylic surface which softens the color and brushstrokes creating a mesmerizing and utterly calm experience. The inaugural exhibition also includes Martin’s signature disc paintings, displayed in free-floating clusters that create sculptural wall arrangements such us the Aria Noir Series that feature discs in diameters ranging from 48 to 24-inch diameters. In each disc, a dynamic range of metallic rings is held between deep black centers and crisp black edges. The exhibition runs through November 28th, 2018.