PARADIGM SHIFTS: CITYSCAPES OF PHILADELPHIA
Exhibit opens October 6 in Rosemont College’s Lawrence Gallery
Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the works of Nina F. Martino. The show, titled “Paradigm Shift: Cityscapes of Philadelphia,” will be on display October 6 through November 3. The opening reception is on October 6 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.
PARADIGM SHIFTS: CITYSCAPES OF PHILADELPHIA showcases architectural structures that create an atmosphere of timelessness. Nina Martino’s paintings portray historical buildings in contrast to cutting edge skyscrapers. Titled “Paradigm Shifts,” she views the ordinary and strives to make an impact to illustrate the extraordinary.
This solo exhibition incorporates Martino’s most recent paintings, the majority of which are oil on Plexiglas. These pieces offer dramatic concentrated light, extended compositions, and patterned shadows which evoke a surrealistic vision of the city of Philadelphia. “There is a translucent quality about Plexiglas that is missing in canvas and other panels and painting surfaces,” says Martino.
Martino is a member of the prominent Philadelphia family of painters and spent her childhood surrounded by artists. She started exhibiting with her family at the age of eight. “I loved exhibiting with my immediate family,” recounts Martino. “We had traveling exhibits together and participated in more than 20 family shows.” She studied with her parents, Giovanni Martino and Eva Marinelli Martino, before studying at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She received a BA from Temple University and BFA from Tyler School of Fine Arts, a MFA from Instituto Allende at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and another MFA from L’Accademia di Belli Arte in Florence, Italy.
A recipient of many awards and honors, she received the Silver Medal of Honor from the Audubon Artists of America, NYC and Best in Show and Purchase Award from the PA Academy of Fine Arts Fellowship Exhibit to name a few. Her work has been exhibited in many solo, family and group shows nationally and internationally including a Retrospective: Nina F. Martino, Paintings from 1980-2007 at the Whitfield Gallery in San Miguel Allende, Gto., Mexico. “I was also proud to have been invited by The Allied Artists of America invited me to exhibit one of my landscapes at the Butler Institute of American Art,” shares Martino. They also included her in the catalogue, the Allied Artists of America: 100 Years, and traveling exhibitions throughout the United States.
In addition, Martino’s paintings are part of the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the Woodmere Museum in Chestnut Hill, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. “I have done many commissioned pieces, but for me the most exciting ones were done especially for Modelo Agencies in Mexico, consisting of two murals, a few portraits, landscapes, and a bullfight painting.”
Though Martino has lectured at Rosemont College, this is Martino’s first solo show at the College. “I am excited about my exhibit at Rosemont,” says Martino. “It is a great gallery space and Rosemont is a prestigious institution with a magnificent campus.”
Image: Skyline of Philadelphia from 8th Street, 12" x 24", oil on plexiglas, 2015.