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Douglas Martenson

Outside Looking In

March 3 - 27, 2021

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After The Party  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

After The Party

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

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Outside  38" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Outside

38" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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From The Outside  36" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

From The Outside

36" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Enduring  38" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Enduring

38" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Fly Point Rocks  15" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Fly Point Rocks III

15" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Light Light  24" x 38"  Oil On Canvas

Last Light

24" x 38"

Oil On Canvas

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Path  30" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Path

30" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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Rock Morning  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rock Morning I

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Rock Morning II  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rock Morning II

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Whale Rock  16" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Whale Rock

16" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

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Whale Rock Fog II  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Rocks On The Shore  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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Winter Morning  16" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Winter Morning

16" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

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Fires  30" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Fires

30" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

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Triangle Shadow  22" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Triangle Shadow

22" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

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After The Party  15" x 11"  Oil On Board

After The Party

15" x 11"

Oil On Board

Outside  38" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Outside

38" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

From The Outside  36" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

From The Outside

36" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Enduring  38" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Enduring

38" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Fly Point Rocks  15" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Fly Point Rocks III

15" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

Light Light  24" x 38"  Oil On Canvas

Last Light

24" x 38"

Oil On Canvas

Path  30" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Path

30" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

Rock Morning  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rock Morning I

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Rock Morning II  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rock Morning II

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Whale Rock  16" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Whale Rock

16" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Whale Rock Fog II  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Whale Rock Fog II

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Rocks On The Shore  16" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Rocks On The Shore

16" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

Winter Morning  16" x 30"  Oil On Canvas

Winter Morning

16" x 30"

Oil On Canvas

Fires  30" x 44"  Oil On Canvas

Fires

30" x 44"

Oil On Canvas

Triangle Shadow  22" x 15"  Oil On Canvas

Triangle Shadow

22" x 15"

Oil On Canvas

“My paintings are like portals to worlds familiar and strange, mysterious, intriguing and sublime. Poetic and metaphorical, my work invokes the visual truth of perception, capturing not just the quality of light or the tonal harmonies of a particular scene but also its mood and the wonder of vision itself."

Statement

Whale Rock, 16" x 30", Oil On Canvas

 

In my recent work I have returned to some familiar locations - in some cases looking closer at the variety of plant life inhabiting the field where I paint in Maine. The intimate and transient nature of tents is reconsidered, as they take on new meaning as protected outdoor spaces. I have also returned to the coastal rocks and the shoreline that continue to hold strong against the tides and storms, adapting, changing, but still there.​

When I’m in the studio, I think about how fields, rocks on a shore, the drama of an oncoming storm, and man-made structures like a fabric tent could be used to spark a dialogue about the impermanence and resilience of objects within the natural world​. With all the turmoil and challenges of the last year, these themes speak to me directly.”

- Douglas Martenson

Bio

Triangle Shadow, 22" x 15", Oil On Canvas

Bio

Douglas Martenson paints observationally in various locations in Maine and Pennsylvania. He meticulously documents the light, atmosphere and environment of each view through a variety of painting techniques. While the painted objects appear with local color firmly established, a sensitive eye will begin to perceive deep reds, light purples, golds, chromatic grays and a spectrum of ever-present blues. Martenson’s careful handling of paint opens up worlds within each object, giving way to a conceptual interpretation over time.

Martenson is a Professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and teaches Drawing at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been exhibiting in Philadelphia with Gross McCleaf Gallery for over two decades and has shown his work regionally and nationally throughout the United States.