“I want to capture something extraordinary in the ordinary,” states contemporary realist painter, Lydia Martin, who creates technically detailed oil paintings that depict everyday subject matter of interiors, landscapes, cityscapes, figures, portraits, Trompe l’oeil and still-life. The Artist’s preferred medium is oil, though is equally at home with watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. She attended West Chester University, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (studied with Sidney Goodman and Will Barnet) as well as the Massachusetts College of Art (studied with Janet Monafo.)
From coast to coast through out America, Lydia’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, Boston’s Chase Gallery and Lyman-Eyer Gallery, the Milton Art Museum, Cohasset’s South Shore Art Center, Chatham Center for the Arts, Attleboro Museum, the Whistler House Museum of Art, Providence’s Chabot Gallery, Bennington Center for the Arts, Arnot Art Museum, NY SoHo’s Broome Street Gallery, University Art Gallery at NYU/Stony Brook, 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, San Francisco’s Powell Street Gallery, 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.
A Professor of Fine Arts at the New England School of Art and Design, Suffolk University in Boston, Lydia Martin teaches classes with in the Foundation Art Department: foundation drawing 1&2, foundation painting, intro to painting for non-art majors, contemporary realism, portrait and figure drawing and painting, pictorial space and 20th century art movements, perspective and architectural rendering, interior design communications 1 &2, mural painting and Trompe l'oeil techniques, printmaking and paper making. For 2010-2011, she received the Outstanding NESAD Faculty of the Year Leadership Award given by Suffolk University’s Student Government Association. In summer, 2013, Lydia Martin was granted the prestigious Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Faculty Fellowship to study in Paris, France. For 2014, she was included in the Art Career Project’s: “15 Notable Art Professors in Boston.” In summer 2015, June 24th to July 25th, the Artist held a solo show, “Lotería II” at the James McNeill Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, MA. To over 125 visitors attending her exhibition's opening reception, the Artist talked about her creative process in the oil painting techniques of contemporary realism as well as lectured on the history of the Latin American game of chance, Lotería. For 2016, she was invited to work with renowned Artist, Odd Nerdrum, at his Art Atelier, Memorosa in Stavern, Norway.
Visit Lydia Martin’s web site at: www.lydiamartinstudio.com
Lydia Martin joined Fine Art America on June 3rd, 2015.