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Born 1957, Dallas, Texas
I grew up in an environment full of art. My father, Barney Charles Delabano was the Curator of Installation at the Dallas Museum of Art for thirty-three years as well as a painter. Recently I exhibited works along side my late Father's work in a show called, "Father and Son: Barney and Martin Delabano". Through my father, I met international artists Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, and Robert Rauschenberg as well as being family friends to important members to the Dallas and Texas art scene, such as Jerry Bywaters, Otis and Velma Dozier, Charlie Bowling and Octavio Medellin.
Barney Delabano as an artist painted portraits, still life and landscapes. He was also an art collector. I grew up in a house full of paintings, prints, drawings, Pre-Columbian, African, and New Guinea sculptures and baskets and all these things have had a profound influence on me.
In 1994 I started A Bird in the Hand Productions to sponsor special projects, promote and archive my work.
Besides my artistic efforts, I also teach fifth through eighth grade art at St. John's Episcopal School and Sculpture at Brookhaven College in Dallas.
Artist Statement: I AM A DAY DREAMER, I SEE VISIONS.
These visions express a layering of ideas which weave together into the textural narratives I give form through image making. I am procreating modern archetypes which are not about truth, but about a searching for enlightenment. In a world that sometimes seems void of any personal spirituality, I'm trying to invoke a referential association between the viewer and the elusive soul.
Any one of my pieces is generally made of many different materials, In a sense I try to hide the materials so they will not distract from the illusion of the image. This helps to heighten the psychic space or presence the image projects so that the viewer can enter into the piece more readily. People are often surprised when they meet me. They are not expecting a gringo with a master's degree in art. My work may have a primitive feel to it, but I know too much to be a primitive. My whole life has been one big art-history lesson. I grew up in a house full of art and my father, Barney Delabano, works at the Dallas Museum. Having grown up in that type of environment, I got to meet many different artist and see a vast array of art. My parents also took me on trips to Mexico and Italy to see museums, churches, and archaeological sites. But my primary influences are my grandfather Taylor, whose tools I use and feel his presence through, and my father, whose figurative paintings directly influenced my own need for figurative representation. These and all of life's experiences are the root of my work.
(Published in the book "50 Texas Artist, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1986).
Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler Texas, "Father and Son: Barney and Martin Delabano" (View the installation)
Brookhaven College Center For the Arts, Studio Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Mountain of the One Eyed Goat." (View the installation)
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Recent Work"
St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas, Texas, "Prayer Wall" an installation by Martin Delabano and the Children Faculty, Staff, and Friends of St. John's Episcopal School.
Eastfield College Gallery, Eastfield College, Mesquite Texas, "New Sculpture and works of a different nature"
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, " In the Garden, and since"
Conduit Gallery, "Exhibition in a Box and related drawings", Dallas, Texas.
Traveled to:The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York and to the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Smithsonian Institution, Washington District of Columbia
(EXHIBITION IN A BOX is a portable exhibition space installed with nine bronzes. In a "guerrilla warfare" approach to get this body of work seen, I sent the EXHIBITION IN A BOX out to unsuspecting museums and then claimed to have had an exhibition there. In early July the first of three boxes was sent to the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. August 3, 1995 UPS delivered EXHIBITION IN A BOX to The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe. I am in no way claiming that the receiving museum either organized or responded to the work, just that it had gotten inside the door).
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas (review)
Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, Florida
Hickory Street Annex, Dallas, Texas, "Cast-Iron Works and Drawings" (Bill Marvel commentary and invitation)
Res Nova Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas (review)
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, "Rites of Passage"
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, (installation photo)
The Art Center, Waco, Texas
Tilden-Foley Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Rites of Passage"
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Michele Herling Galleries, Dallas, Texas, "Rites of Passage"
Amarillo Art Center , Amarillo , Texas, "New Vision: Rites of Passage"
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas
Selected group exhibitions
Diverse Works, Houston Texas, "As Big As Texas."
Valley House Gallery, Dallas Texas, "INDOOR/OUTDOOR Spring Sculpture Show.
Blossom Street Gallery and Sculpture Park, Houston, Texas, "Sculpture 2000"
Continental Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Chain Reaction", Martin Delabano and selected students.
Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas, "Faculty Show.
500X, Dallas, Texas, "Views from a Dallas warehouse", 20th Anniversary Show
Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas, "Faculty Show.
The Zachary Scott Theater, Austin, Texas
Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, Texas, "Odd Realities"
Brookhaven College, Dallas, Texas, Faculty Art Exhibition.
Bath House Cutural Center, Dallas, Texas, ""El Corazon"
The Mckinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas. "Exquisite Corpse"
CRCA , University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, "Forging Ahead"
d'Art Visual Art Center, Dallas, Texas, "Senses Beyond Sight"
Cultural Activities Center, Temple, Texas, "Great Enigmas and Personal Myth"
Ida Green Gallery, Austin College, Sherman, Texas, "Metal and Mettle:Art and the Spirit".
Texas Sculpture Association, "Sculpture at the Quadrangle", Dallas,Texas
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Incendiary Motives"
Hooks-Epstein Gallery, Houston, Texas, "6"
Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio, Texas, "Another Reality"
Perigrine Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Family Icons"
Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Self-Portrait"
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, "Memories, Dreams and Reflections"
The Crescent Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Narrative Images",
Traveled: Museum of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi,Texas; Tyler Museum of Art,Tyler.
Arts Council of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Seldom Seen , The Nude
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, "Shrines and Altars"
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "The Horse's Mouth: Folk Experience and the New Art"
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, "Art for Art's Sake"
East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas, "Numinous Souvenirs"
500X, Dallas, Texas, "Censored"
The Sculpture Center, New York, New York, "Showdown"
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas, 'Book/Art"
Theatre Dance Unlimited, Houston, Texas, "Five Young Dallas Artist Never Exhibited in Houston"
University of New Mexico Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico,"Icon, Fetish, Folk Art, Myth"
ASA Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico, "Five Imagemakers"
DW Gallery, Dallas, Texas, "Self-Portrait Show.
"City Hall, Dallas, Texas, "Seventh Annual Texas Fine Arts Association"
SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Kutner, Janet. Room to shine: 3 year sculpture series to showcase Texas artist, Dallas Morning News, GUIDE, p. 59.
Harvey Jones, Eleanor. Exhibition Essay, "Portrait and Self, Father and Son" for the Tyler Museum of Art show, "Father and Son: Barney and Martin Delabano".
Newman, David,, Exhibition Essay, "After the Fall: Mountain of the One Eyed Goat". for Brookhaven College show, "Mountain of the One Eyed Goat."
Rees, Christina. Dallas Observer, "Birthday blow-out", September 24-30, 1998
Daniel, Mike. Dallas Morning News, Top Attraction: Odd Realities at the Arlington Museum of Art , Weekend Guide, June 20, 1997 p.44.
Daniel, Mike. Dallas Morning News, "Top Attraction: Martin Delabano and Laura Noland at Conduit", Weekend Guide, June, 7, 1996, p.43.
Bass, Shermankaye. Dallas Morning News, "Sculptor uses box to spar for attention" May 5, 1995 p.3C.
Mitchell, Dee. Art in America, January 1994 p.111-112.
Kutner, Janet. Dallas Morning News, "Persevering with Passion", October 4, 1993, 1-2C.
Emenhiser, Karen. Dallas Observer, "Bronze Cheer: Delabano is a breath of absurd air", October 14-20, 1993.
Moody, Tom. Dallas Morning News, "Deep Elum collections in contrast", pp.5C-7C September 24, 1990.
Marvel, Bill, "Cast Iron Works and Drawings" (Bill's statement written for the show)
Nash, Jesse W. . New Orleans Art Review. "Delabano:Exaggerated Man" Vol. VII,no. 4, May/June 1989, p.31.
Hurlburt, Roger. News & Sun Sentinel. "Exhibit highlights emerging artist". pp. 1D, 2D.
Kutner, Janet, . Art News. "Martin Delabano - DW" Summer, 1987. p.65.
Bookhart, Eric. Art Papers."Martin Delabano:Paintings, Drawings and SculptureNovember/December 1986, p.53.
Marvel, Bill. Dallas Times Herald. "Portrait of the artist as a Pauper" February 16, 1986 pp.C-1, C-4
Vetocq, Marcia. Art in America."New Orleans: Martin Delabano at Tilden-Foley".February, 1985, pp.144,149.
Mitchell, Charles Dee. Artspace. "Dallas Notes". Summer, 1985, pp. 68-69.
Marvel, Bill. Dallas Times Herald."Censored' Presents Banished Art". October 14, 1984, pp.1C, 10C.
Kutner, Janet. Dallas Morning News. "Texas talent in New York" May 27, 1983, pp. 1C, 3C.
Marvel, Bill. Dallas Times Herald. "Symbols of Birth and Death".
Johnson, Patricia. Houston Chronicle. "The Gang from D (as in Dallas and Directionless)". Sunday, June 20, 1982, p.16.
Abeyta, Ray. New Mexico Daily Lobo. "Show Contains Artist's Real Wings". Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 2, 1981, p.8.
Marvel, Bill. Dallas Times Herald. April" Adam and Eve' Tossed Out Of City Hall". November 15, 1980, pp.1, 8.
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