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Monday, July 10, 2017

July LGAA Meeting features Carley Allen-Martin




MONDAY JULY 10th
LGAA Meeting Demo Artist
Carley Allen-Martin

7pm at Shanley House Gallery
224 North Travis | Granbury, TX | 76048

Well-known Dallas contemporary abstract artist Carley Allen-Martin will demonstrate color and design at our meeting. This is a free event and is open to the public.

The message of Allen-Martin’s work is one of resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth, and fearlessness. It is about overcoming the obstacles we all face as human beings.
Color is the most important tool she uses to convey that message. You won’t find a heavy weight or overpowering darkness in her work.

Allen-Martin uses bits and pieces of a darker palette because just like in life, on a surface, elements of darkness make the brights shine brighter and the colors read more true. She will demonstrate the power of color, layers and attention to detail.

SHE HAD BEEN DRAWING SINCE HOLDING FIRST PENCIL
For Allen-Martin, drawing is a critical element of her expression. She has been drawing since she was able to hold a pencil.

She loves charcoal, because it is unapologetic. It doesn’t fit into a neat, tidy box. It is messy and bold, and brings an element of grit to the surface of the piece.

The soft pastels have the same effect, but with a more graceful, gentle approach.

Allen-Martin said, “I love working with pastels, because there is a purity to their color and richness that can’t be found in any other material.”

Oils are the most dominant material she uses to deliver the message or narrative to the surface of her work.

ARTIST MOST INTERESTED IN UPLIFTING ART
Overall, what she is interested in is creating honest, authentic, uplifting art that can thrive in interior spaces, and enrich the lives of both the artist and the viewer.

Allen-Martin states, “I believe the world needs optimistic work, with which we interact with on a daily basis, that gently nudges us to live more boldly, more considerately, and more authentically as the individuals we were created to be.”

LAYERS REVEAL HOW WORK CAME TO BE
Each of her paintings bares an extraordinary depth, a trail of layers that reveals how each original work came to be. Although oil is Allen-Martin’s primary medium, drawing remains critical to her practice.

The unapologetic grit of pressed charcoal and the graceful mark of soft pastels combine to create rich surfaces and remarkably vibrant chromatic experience for the viewer.
Carly Allen-Martin has studied at Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, The European Academy of Fine Art in Trier, Germany, and Aoyama Gakiun University in Tokyo, Japan.
She holds a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University, and has completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center.