Dennis Martin’s photorealistic metalpoint drawings of the human figure are brilliantly crafted, inviting the viewer to look closely at these remarkably lifelike images. Martin, whose work was featured in the Telfair’s 2006 exhibition The Luster of Silver, utilized the tone and delicacy of metalpoint to create exacting, beautifully lit portrayals of his human subjects and imbue them with a timeless quality.
This exhibition is a celebration of the Telfair’s acquisition of a major goldpoint drawing, Girl Laying. One of the largest drawings Martin ever created, Girl Laying was generously donated to the museum by Denise Martin, the artist’s widow. It will be a valuable addition to the Telfair’s fast-growing collection of contemporary figurative work. The new acquisition will be displayed alongside approximately twenty other meticulously crafted metalpoint drawings by Martin.
Dennis Martin (1956-2001) earned his B.F.A. at Southwest Missouri State University and completed further study at Central State University in Oklahoma City. Throughout his lifetime, the artist exhibited extensively in galleries throughout Oklahoma, Missouri, and New York. His work is held in the permanent collections of numerous institutions, including the Arkansas Art Center, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Oklahoma.