Recent Events: Solo Show - Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA January 4-29, 2012
Zine Group Show - LAP Gallery, Waltham, MA May-June, 2012
Featured on the Home Page of 1st Angel Arts Magazine web site http://1stangel.co.uk/art/pick-of-the-day-dave-martsolf/ Sept 2009
Trees Atlanta's 1st Annual National 'Trees in Art' Exhibition, Atlanta, GA
Projekt30.com December 2008 On-line Juried Exhibition
Projekt30.com March 2009 On-line Juried Exhibition
I use a photorealistic collage style for some of my major surreal work. I also have a hand-drawing personal style that I love, and you will find some of that intermixed with the photo collages. On top of that I continue to enjoy explorations in many other directions, including computer graphics, pen and ink work, and watercolor. What you see here is the best of the end results.
The gestalt behind all of the work is an inquisitveness into the emotional and physical properties of as much of the universe as I can comprehend, moderated by personal choice regarding which of the infinite avenues I want to explore. As a result you won't find Hannibal Lector here, nor Joe Suicide. Those and others are certainly valid paths. I simply do not choose to take my life there.
My surreal visionary style is conceived in the bowels of endless empty space. Worlds come out of nowhere to define and fill empty space with form and reflected light. In these paintings I use photographs to develop a hallucinogenic, some say gut-wrenching realistic space where mind-bending visions rule.
Then there is my personal drawing style. In its simplest essence it is the line; the drawn line and what it represented as the delineation of a form, a space, almost the way a topographical line feels out the form of a hill, or the way a blind man feels out the tender forms of his or her lover.
That line is also the signature of the vibration of life and life's emotions, twisted by the influence of others, fighting for a day in the sun, learning the way of calm, the mastery of the surf of life and the swell of love and anger. Brownian motion, cosmic ray decay, elemental particles, the paths of chaos, entropy, and rejuvenation, it has all come down to the line.
Somewhere the two basic styles of real-world conceptual surrealism and personal drawing style meet. That meeting has generated a third style that look surrealistic, but is based on sketched forms rather than photos. I hope you find some enjoyment as you roam through my work. Thanks for stopping by.
I was born in 1949 in Manhattan, Kansas, lived my early life in western Pennsylvania, and moved to New Hampshire at age 12 where I have resided ever since.
web site: http://www.davemartsolf.com
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1967 - 1970 Architecture
University of New Hampshire 1970 - 1973 Fine Arts, Art History
University of New Hampshire 1983 - 1985 Bachelor of Arts in the Arts
National Juried Shows
Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1977
Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1978
Greater Fall River Art Association, Fall River, MA, 1978
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1978
North Platte Valley Artist's Guild, Scottsbluff, NE, 1979
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1980
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1982
Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA, 1983
Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA, 1984
Trees Atlanta 1st Annual National 'Trees in Art' Exhibition, Atlanta, GA 2009
On-line Juried Shows
http://Projekt30.com December 2008 Juried Show
http://Projekt30.com March 2009 Juried Show
Gallery 33, Concord, NH, 1977
First and Second Unitarian Universalist Church, Boston, MA, 1979
Ainsworth Gallery, Boston, MA, 1979
New Hampshire College, Manchester, NH, 1981
New Hampshire College, Manchester, NH, 1984
Honorable Mention, Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1978