Lydia Martin

Artist (United States)
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Lydia Martin is a contemporary realist painter from Quincy, MA.
From coast to coast through out America, Lydia’s works have been included in juried and invitational exhibitions in museums, galleries and art centers, winning awards in 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, VT; Arnot Art Museum, NY, New York City’s Dacia Gallery and SoHo’s Broome Street Gallery, University Art Gallery at NYU/Stony Brook, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club, New York National Arts Club; the Pennsylvania Academy’s American Museum of Art and the James A. Michener Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; the Butler Institute of American Art, OH; the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, MO and San Francisco’s Powell Street Gallery. Internationally, the artist’s works are included within private and public collections in Italy: Rome, Venice, Padua; the Netherlands: Amsterdam and Stavern, Norway.
Her ongoing painting series entitled,’Lotería’ which was inspired by and organized around the traditional images associated with the popular Latin American/ Mexican game of fortune, Lotería: a version of bingo which utilizes pictorial cards instead of letters and numbers. She invited my colleague, artist, Kseniya Galper, to hand create an original sequence of corresponding Lotería cards that would serve as labels to each of my paintings. Using the game’s stock images as my focus, I work across genres—such as figure painting: (“La Sirena,” “La Dama”, “El Musico”: interiors: (“La Bota,” “El Sol,” “La Luna”), exteriors/ cityscapes/ landscapes: (“El Borracho,” “El Arbol”) and still life: (“La Botella,” “La Maceta,” “El Diablito ”)—to offer fresh interpretations of the concepts that stand behind the game’s rich folkloric history. In so doing, she aims to reconnect in distinctive ways with these everyday personalities, locales, and objects that quietly lend the game its broad cultural appeal and significance.”
Lydia Martin is a Professor Emeritus of Art & Design, Suffolk University, Boston, MA. For 30 years, she taught courses in painting, drawing, 2-dimensional design, color, perspective, architectural rendering, printmaking and paper making. She was awarded Suffolk University’s “Outstanding Art & Design Faculty of the Year” and was granted the prestigious Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship to study abroad in Paris, France. Lydia was recognized as one of the Art Career Project’s “15 Notable Art Professors in Boston.”
She attended West Chester University and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, to study with Sidney Goodman and Will Barnett. In later years, she attended the Massachusetts College of Art to study with pastel painter, Janet Monafo and was invited to work with the renowned painter, Odd Nerdrum at his Art Atelier in Stavern, Norway.
Her artworks have been pictured in various technical art books through North Light Books & Quarto publications. Several of her paintings were pictured on book covers: “Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juarez” book of poetry by Chilean poet, Marjorie Agosin, as well as the academic publication, “Renaissance Reflections: Selected Essays 1976-2012” by UMass English Professor Emeritus, Arthur F. Kinney- who’s portrait she was commissioned to create for the cover and was installed in UMass library’s Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.
She was selected as one of the top 10 artists to be interviewed by magazine, London, UK, and included her painting in their arts magazine, "Voices of Artists," April 2021 issue: "Portraits and Figures." Her still-life paintings were included in the creative literary and arts journal, "The Clover and Bee Magazine" 1/8/22 issue #2. Published in Barcelona, Spain's MEAM's /Galeria Arte Libra's competitive special editions of their juried 2020 and 2021 painting catalogues, Lydia Martin's paintings were also pictured in Galeria Arte Libre's Artist's website and published catalogues, LEONARDO: 2021 and 2022 Guia de Arte y Artistas, Zaragosa, Spain.

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