Donald Martiny’s works are full of visceral movement and vibrant color, but it would be too easy to reduce these forms to a discussion of color and flow. These enlarged brush-like strokes, formed from polymer and saturated pigment, are visual poems; the painterly equivalent of a verbal haiku. The swaths of undulating paint, dotted with streaks of hidden color and seemingly random trace gesture, draw us closer, enticing us with their history. The sensual, almost liquid quality of the forms woos us. As these paintings attest "the simplest gesture is the most profound."
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Ipai, 2019, polymer and pigment on aluminum, 58 x 45 in.