Southern artist John Martini creates colorful and light-hearted sculptures by welding large, flat planes of monochromatic, rough-edged industrial steel. His whimsical figures and animals express an animated amusement and playfulness that cannot be contained by the weight and intensity of the material. “The work is all straight-forward contradiction. His steel is lithe. His silhouettes have soul. There is a sense of bemused energy, an innocence that knowledge can only instruct in further innocence,” writes Joy Williams, art critic.

John Martini has exhibited extensively throughout the East Coast for over three decades, as well as being featured in multiple solo exhibitions throughout France. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship and the Preservation Award given by the Key West Art and Historical Society.

BORN 1948 in Jacksonville, FL
Lives and works in Florida and France

EDUCATION
B.A. St. Francis College, Pennsylvania

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2008 New Works, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Sculpture, Galleria Santamarta, Milan, Italy
2007 Lost and Found, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Recent Sculpture, Eglise de La Riviere Eglise Notre-Dame, Ville de Beaumont, France
-- Recent Works, Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
2006 To Do, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- New Work, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- Sculpture and Works on Paper, Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
2005 And How, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Heads Up, The Sculpture of John Martini, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
2004 Why Not, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Recent Works, Bill Lowe Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
-- Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
2003 Why Not, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Champs Livres 2003, La Representation Animale dans L'Art D'Aujordhui (Animal Representations in Today's Art), ORCCA (Cultural Center for Champagne), Ardennes, France
2002 Big Fun, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
2001 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Big Creek Birds, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA
2000 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
1999 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
1998 Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
1997 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Abbaye de Molesmes, Molesemes, France
1996 Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
-- Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA
-- Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1995 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1994 Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
-- Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
1993 Metro Dade Cultural Resource Center, Miami, FL
-- Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
1992 Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Galerie Antoine Laurentin, Paris, France
1990 "Recent Sculpture," Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
-- "Perfect Strangers," Helander Gallery, New York, NY
1988 "Saints and Sinners," Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 des betes et des hommes, Grande Hall de la Villette, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
2006 Art Expressions, Matheson Hammock Park, Maimi-Dade Division of Arts and Culture, Miami, FL
2004 Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2001 Munder, Massee and Martini, Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, NM
-- 30th Anniversary Show, Shidoni Gallery, Tesuque, NM
-- Summer Show, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
2000 Under the Sun, Customs House Museum, Key West, FL
1999 Fall/Winter New Additions Exhibition, Grounds For Sculpture, NJ
-- Animal as Muse, Naples Philharmonic Center, Naples, FL
-- Summer Annual, Shidoni, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Animal as Muse, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
-- Garden Show, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1996  SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art), Miami, FL
-- SOFA, Chicago, IL
-- Art and Industry, Palm Beach Community College Lake Worth, FL
1995 The Figure, Gallery I/O, New Orleans, LA
1993 Inside/Outside, Helander Gallery, New York, NY
-- Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Greetings from Florida, Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL
-- Summer Pleasures, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Garden Show, Blue Spiral, Asheville, NC
1992 East Side, West Side, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Obscure Objects of Desire, Helander Gallery, New York, NY
-- Sculpture for the Outdoors, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
1991 Tenth Anniversary Invitational, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Limbo, I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA
1990 Interfacing Insights, Erie Street Gallery, Chicago, IL
-- Summer Pleasures, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Summer Pleasures, Helander Gallery, New York, NY
-- Haykin/Martini, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Four Views, The Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL
1989 Four Views, Northwood Institute, West Palm Beach, FL
-- Four Views, South Bay Harbor, FL
-- Four Views, Martello Museum, Key West, FL
-- Four Views, North Miami Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
-- Sculpture Invitational, Martello Museum, Key West, FL
1988 Installation Invitational, Martello Museum, Key West, FL
-- Figure It Out, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Sixth Anniversary Show, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
1987 The Sculptor and the Painter, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Characters of the Keyes, Martello Museum, Key West, FL
-- Self Portraits, Martello Museum, Key West, FL
-- Fifth Anniversary Show, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Directions, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
-- Rankin/Martini, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
1984 New Artists/New Work, Lucky Street Gallery, Key West, FL
-- Sculpture Invitational, Martello Museum, Key West, FL
1977 Without Words, Colony Square, Atlanta, GA
1976 Approximations, Hal Schenk Gallery, Atlanta, GA
1975 Art to Wear, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

COMMISSIONS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS
Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, 1999
Key West Art and Historical Society, Key West, Florida, 1999
Danube Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary, 1995
South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Recipient, 1989
Preservation Award, Key West, Florida, 1988
Art in Public Places, Atlanta, Georgia, 1976

 

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