Heather Gwen Martin - Spines, 2019 (detail)

Heather Gwen Martin

October 9, 2013

An American painter, Heather Gwen Martin is best known for abstract compositions executed in vibrant color palettes.

Born in 1977 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Martin currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BA from the University of California, San Diego and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. She had numerous solo shows, including those at venues such as Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA, Murals of La Jolla, La Jolla, CA, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA, Lombardo Studios Gallery, Culver City, CA, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA, David Klein Gallery, Detroit, MI, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA and C24 Gallery, New York, NY. Her work is included in the permanent collections of Equinor Art Collection, Houston, TX; Hallmark Art Collection, Kansas City, MO; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH.

Guided by a very personal and intuitive approach, Martin combines a near-scientific sense of control over a number of formal and organic elements. Serving as dynamic, spatial environments, these works feature bold colors that animate closely shifting hues and values and fluid, sinuous lines that expand and contract in and out of intumescent shapes.

Featured image: Heather Gwen Martin - Spines, 2019 (detail). Oil on linen. 30 × 54 3/4 in. 76.2 × 139.1 cm. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery