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 Dennis James Martin  (1956 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: Oklahoma/Kansas/Missouri      Known for: figure drawing-metal point

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Dennis James Martin (b. Kansas City, Missouri, April 13, 1956-d. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 19, 2001)

A specialist in metal-point drawing, Dennis Martin kept alive a tradition that is one of the oldest drawing techniques, dating back to the Italian Renaissance and to artists Michelangelo and da Vinci.  His goal is to create timeless pieces that viewers will enjoy.

Most of his drawings are figurative and are done in pure platinum and gold. He used a thin rod to draw with a slow, tedious, and exacting method which involves a lot of time spent preparing the surface to receive the marks.  A single work could take up to six months to complete.

1974-75  University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
1975-76  University of Kansas, Kansas City, MO
1976-78  BFA, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield. MO
1987-88  Central State University, Oklahoma City, OK

Permanent Collections:
1. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
2. Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
3. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, California
4. Charles B. Goddard Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Ardmore, Oklahoma
5. Lincoln National Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6. Metrobank, N.A., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
7. State Arts Council, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Selected Books:
1. 2002, Meisel, Louis K. Photorealism at the Millennium. New York: Harry N. Abrams, pp165-168
2. Gibran, Kahilil, Broken Wings. Ashland, Oregon: White Cloud Press, cover illustration
3. 1989, Martin, Dennis James. Dennis James Martin Drawings, Oklahoma City.

Selected Catalogues:
1. 1978, Dennis Martin Pencil Drawings. Advertiser's Litho, Kansas City, MO.
2. 1991, Binai, Paul. Against the Grain: Images in American Art.
3. 1960-1990, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA, ill, p. 18
4. 1992, Binai, Paul. Foreward to Beyond Realism: Images and Enigma. Southern Allegenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA.
5. 1992, Schmidt, Charles, curator. Silverpoint Et Cetera: Contemporary American Metalpoint Drawings. Entourage: Exhibitions, Elkins Park, PA. ill.

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Additional information courtesy of the artist's widow, Denise G. Martin

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