Saturday November 10 1-2pm
Questions & Answers Session Immediately After
Lydia Martin will lecture on method and materials of oil painting on a toned surface with subsequent layers of paint -first stage: applying initial structure lines. Second stage: then loading in the lights with tints of color along with colored transparencies of shadow. Finally the third stage: heightening the brightest lights as well as darkening the shadows-refining and defining form, atmosphere and structure.
Chabot Fine Art Gallery is pleased to welcome Lydia Martin a professor at the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University. Lydia Martin has created a new series of oil paintings inspired by and organized around the traditional images associated with the popular Mexican game Loteria, a version of bingo which utilizes pictorial cards instead of letters and numbers. Her colleague and former student, graphic designer Kseniya Galper, has also generated an original sequence of corresponding Loteria cards that serve as labels to each of the paintings.
Using the game’s stock images as her focus, the artist works across genres—such as figure painting (“La Sirena,” “El Musico,” “La Rosa,” “El Soldado”), interior (“El Sol”), and still life (“La Estrella,” “La Maceta,” “El Diablito”)—to offer fresh interpretations of the concepts that stand behind the game’s rich folkloric history. In so doing, she aims to reconnect in distinctive ways with these everyday personalities, locales, and objects that quietly lend the game its broad cultural appeal and significance.
From coast to coast throughout America, Martin’s works have been included in juried and invitational exhibitions receiving awards in oil painting and pastel. These include Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum Arts Center, the Cohasset South Shore Art Center, Chatham Center for the Arts, Attleboro Museum, Bennington Center for the Arts, Arnot Art Museum, Art Gallery at Stony Brook University, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club, New York National Arts Club, the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, and the Pennsylvania Academy’s American Museum of Art. Internationally, the artist’s works are included within private and public collections in Italy: Rome, Venice, Padua and the Netherlands: Amsterdam.