"Once you see his paintings, you won't forget them... His unique vision may change the way you see." -Robert Amos: Arts, Times Colonist


 

Thursday
Apr232009

Martycultural Art on Victoria's Harbour Causeway!

The past few weeks have been very busy and exciting for me! I am thrilled to let you know that I will be displaying and selling my artwork as a vendor at the Victoria Harbour downtown! Currently, I am working there on a week-to-week basis until the final jurying process takes place on May 1st. After that date, hopefully I will be a full-time artist on the causeway this summer.



You can find me under the red umbrella! You can find me under the red umbrella! The Causeway is located right along the water downtown, just in front of (and below) the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Already, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful locals and other fascinating people from around the world. I'm excited at the thought of my greeting cards, custom-matted prints, magnets, and new12" x 16"  posters making their way to far away places like the Maritime provinces, the U.K., Australia, and Turkey!



I have created a series of 12" x 16" posters, which come sealed in a protective plastic sleeve. I have created a series of 12" x 16" posters, which come sealed in a protective plastic sleeve for easy transporting.

For now, I am there every day when it is not raining or too windy. During the weekdays, I work on preliminary sketches and colour studies. On the weekends, I will be working on original paintings, including new series of boats, the Parliament building, as well as Fisherman's Wharf.

Now is a great time to stroll along the harbour, to visit with local artists and artisans, and to ask any questions you might have.  I invite you to stop by and I look forward to chatting with you!

--Marty

Wednesday
Apr012009

On Display at The Village in Victoria

I am pleased to announce that I am displaying my artwork at The Village on Estevan Avenue in Victoria for the months of April and May. I have displayed my work there in the past, and it is great to have the opportunity to do so again!

the-village-exhibit-april-2009-martycultural-art

My exhibit includes original paintings of local (Vancouver Island) trees as well as a giclée of Wawel Cathedral in Poland (pictured above in the center).

If you live in Victoria or will be visiting the city within the next few months, I encourage you to stop by The Village for some delicious food and local artwork! The staff at The Village are incredibly supportive of the local arts scene, and it is a pleasure to be exhibiting there once again.

The Village- All Day Breakfast Nosh! : 2518 Estevan Avenue : (250) 592-8311

--Marty
Saturday
Mar282009

'Tree On Hat Creek Road' Exhibit in Calgary

I have completed a new mini-series of paintings of a tree on Hat Creek Road in Interior B.C., and this series is now on display at Cadence Coffee in the Bowness neighbourhood of Calgary.

A view of the feature wall in Cadence Coffee A view of the feature wall in Cadence Coffee

This new series includes smaller studies on canvas as well as larger paintings in custom wood frames. Some of the paintings could be described as monochromatic, as they have been painted in relatively muted shades of blue and grey. Others in the series are true to the real colours of the scenery in late winter.

These paintings will be on display until mid-June at Cadence, or they can also be viewed on my main website, under the newly constructed "Trees" link. Stay tuned for information about more upcoming exhibits and events as spring comes!

--Marty
Friday
Feb272009

New Tree Paintings

I am focusing on creating new tree paintings for the first part of 2009, and so far, a few pieces have been completed and several more are in progress and nearing completion.

Previously, my tree series highlighted trees from the Kananaskis area (where I lived most of my life) and thus featured mostly Limber Pines. This time, in honour of my relatively new home on the island, I have created two new pieces of a gorgeous Alpine Fir tree on one of my favourite local hikes, Jocelyn Hill:



Alpine Fir on Jocelyn Hill, 2009 Alpine Fir on Jocelyn Hill, 2009 (Image copyright Martin Machacek 2009)

Alpine Fir on Jocelyn Hill- Study, 2009 Alpine Fir on Jocelyn Hill- Study, 2009 (Image copyright Martin Machacek 2009)

This tree overlooks the Finlayson Arm near the Malahat in the Gowlland Tod Provincial Park. Both paintings depict the same tree and only differ in size and slightly in perspective.


I am also working on an extensive collection of paintings of a gloriously tangled tree on Hat Creek Road in the Cache Creek area of British Columbia. These paintings will feature the same tree on different sizes of canvas and custom-shaped wood throughout different seasons. This series should be finished within the next few weeks, at which point I will post them onto my website for viewing and sale.


--Marty

Sunday
Jan252009

Artevo Opening: Recap and Thanks

Some pieces on display at Artevo Gallery over the weekend Some pieces on display at Artevo Gallery over the weekend

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who stopped by Artevo Gallery yesterday to attend my painting demo and artist reception. It was wonderful for me to interact with everyone and to be available for those who have not yet been able to meet with me.



Demo of Glenlyon Norfolk School painting Demo of Glenlyon Norfolk School painting

For my painting demo, I chose to work on a local (Victoria, B.C.) painting of Glenlyon Norfolk School (Beach Drive Campus). This building was originally designed by notorious architect Francis Rattenbury (who also designed the Victoria Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel), and it was used as his dwelling for a time. Today, it houses the junior level students at Glenlyon Norfolk School.

Other original pieces on display at Artevo Gallery Other original pieces on display at Artevo Gallery

Once again, thank you to everyone who came out yesterday. I sincerely appreciate your support and ongoing feedback.

--Marty

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