Deborah Martin

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Elizabeth at Fourteen, 2017 Oil On Canvas 36x48"
Finn at Nine, 2017 Oil On Canvas 42x54"
Keir at Ten, 2017 Oil On Canvas 42x54"
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

Deborah Martin (b. Boston, 1961) is a contemporary American Painter based in Southern, CA. Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. 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 in the shortlist of seventy for the 2018 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Martin's artistic work examines the complexities of individual experience particularly in relation to home, isolation and memory. Her stark landscape paintings often feature marginalized communities located on the fringes of American society. In 2016, Martin turned her focus to portraiture developing a long term project "Portraits of Autism" exploring the relationship and impact autistic children have within their immediate family and community on a continuum. 

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. The focus of each portrait is to provide an emotional experience and public connection to each subject as a unique individual who is not only defined by their “disability”. 

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