America The Surreal: Deborah Martin

17 Oct

America is often a strange place and seems to just keep getting stranger.  Los Angeles artist Deborah Martin captures the sad desolation found across our country  in her poignant paintings.

Aces and Spades, oil on canvas, 36x36

Slab City Chairs, oil on canvas, 36x36

Her use of a limited, pastel neutral palette softens the sometimes oddly grim reality of many lives in America.

Keep Out, oil on canvas, 36x36

Yet somehow, these aren’t dark, depressing images of life in one of the richest countries in the world.  They don’t feel critical or satirical, but rather reverent and dreamy.

Fifty-two, oil on canvas, 36x36

To see more of Deborah’s work, please visit her website.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, she is currently showing at The Red Arrow Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA.  I have a feeling these paintings are even more intriguing in person!

Featured image is Yellow Camper, oil on canvas, 36×36.  All images are via the artist’s website.

4 Responses to “America The Surreal: Deborah Martin”

  1. patience October 17, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    the works definitely have a dream-like quality to them – in that they remind me of dreams where you feel as if the landscape surrounding you is on the precipice of change. trees start to swerve of the image and strange objects appear. of course all that makes sense when you are in the dream…

  2. Melissa Brown May 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm #

    This one painting, reminds me of a short story that I have half written. It makes me wanna finish it, the painting is exactly where one of my characters live. http://pinterest.com/pin/103442122661506788/
    Melissa Brown

    • Lesley May 13, 2012 at 9:01 am #

      Oh, I love that, Melissa! I’m finding there is so much inspiration to be shared between the visual arts and the written word. Would love to read your story!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

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