Deborah Martin

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Keir at Ten, 2017 Oil On Canvas 42x54" © Deborah Martin
Finn at Nine, 2017 Oil On Canvas 42x54" © Deborah Martin
Buhdda at Ten With Service Dog Mouse, 2017 Oil On Canvas 42x52"
Quick Facts
Boston, MA
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, BFA
Tufts University, BS Master of Arts in Teaching, Art Education
Southern California Landscape paintings, Salton Sea Paintings, mojave desert paintings, women painters, Realist painting, contemporary realism, CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PAINTERS, contemporary american realism
Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2018
Exhibition: The Circle of Truth
New Museum Los Gatos

Deborah Martin is a contemporary American Painter and Independent Curator based in Southern California. Her artistic work examines the complexities of individual experience particularly in relation to home, isolation and memory. Much of her practice emerges in collaborative conversation with writers and poets, taking form through exhibitions and publications. 

Martin's stark landscape paintings often feature marginalized communities located on the fringes of American society. Martin's figurative work exists in the same realm as her landscapes.  Portraits of Autism explores the relationship and impact autistic children have within their immediate family. Using visual art, this new body of work creates a platform for social awareness while opening up a discussion about available support systems, funding and housing for both children and adults diagnosed on the Spectrum. Each Portrait focuses in part on relationship, connection and methods of communication. This ongoing series follows the process a family goes through as their autistic child becomes an adult when access to Federally mandated funding is discontinued at the age of 21.

Martin's work has been featured in numerous publications including art ltd., Palm Springs Life Arts + Culture, Palm Springs Life Magazine, Angeleno Magazine, Fabrik, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Building Provincetown written by David Dunlap and published by the Provincetown Historical Commission, The Provincetown Banner, Provincetown Magazine and New American Paintings among others.

Her work has been shown and is included in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), Provincetown, MA. She is a recipient of the Orlowsky Freed Foundation Grant sponsored in part by PAAM (2011) and a finalist for the 2018 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London. Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.