Martiny breaks down painting to its most elemental origin, the brushstroke. His gestural
works appear as single gargantuan strokes of paint. Meticulously plotted but never
overwrought, each work appears effortless, bridging the gap between painting and
sculpture. His approach to art necessitates viewing fabrication as performances he
rehearses for. Each work demonstrates the artist’s relationship with movement, in what
Martiny calls “dancing or swimming in the paint.” Both technique and final product aredefined by this kind of dynamism. With each new painting, Martiny challenges himself;
expanding the range of materials and corporeality within the works.
Moving Paint marks Donald Martiny’s much-anticipated return of Gallery Urbane since
his 2013 solo exhibition. Martiny lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He 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. Martiny’s work has shown at Falmouth Art
Museum in Cornwall, UK; the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NC; Madison Gallery
in La Jolla, CA; and previously at Galleri Urbane, Marfa + Dallas. Notably, his work
hangs in New York inside the Condé Nast atrium, after the artist was the recipient of a
coveted commission for the lobby at One World Trade Center.