Throughout the years, Donald Martiny has worked persistently on perfecting a unique technique of paint application so that he may, “discard the ground (canvas) and literally allow the brush strokes or gestures themselves to be the painting” Martiny is very conscious about being present in his work. He sees color as pure energy and feeling and in allowing himself to freely paint a gesture without any restraints allows him to create a fresh and personal relationship with the viewer.
Donald Martiny studied at the School of the Visual Arts, The Art Students League in New York, New York University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Museum exhibitions include the FWMoA, Courtauld Institute of Art, Alden B Dow Museum of Art, Falmouth Museum, and the Cameron Art Museum. In 2015 Martiny received a commission from the Durst Organization to create two monumental paintings that are permanently installed in the lobby of One World Trade Center in New York City. In 2015 Martiny received the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts Residency Grant and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, NPR, Philadelphia Inquirer, VOGUE LIVING | Australia, New American Paintings | South and Woven Tale Press. Martiny’s work is represented by galleries in Europe, the US and Australia and is collected internationally.
Celia Johnson is known for her sensitivity to surfaces and color theory. In her work, she has carefully polished away many of marks challenging the viewer to further explore and question her technique. In a recent statement, Johnson notes that she “enjoys persuading liquid paints, inks and hot glowing wax into counter intuitively distinct, bound, or embedded fields of pure saturated color.” Johnson enjoys structuring the figure/ground relationships and the push and pull of compositional elements in space.
Celia received her BFA in design and printmaking at California College of the Arts. She has worked professionally in the design field in San Francisco, New York and Germany for clients including Levis Strauss, ESPRIT, The New York Times and Condé Nast. While in Germany, she studied painting as a visiting student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Prof. Christian Megert during a decade-long stay there. Returning to New York City, Celia pursued her concentration in painting while continuing to work professionally as an internationally recognized and award-winning designer/illustrator. Additionally she served as adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and holds an MPS graduate degree in new media design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts ITP program.
Fred Giampietro Gallery is located across the street from the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art, less than 1 mile from interstate I-91 and Union Railroad Station at 1064 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06510. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm or by appointment. For more information please call the Gallery at (203) 777-7760 or visit us on the web at www.GiampietroGallery.com