Brand New Orleans Art Gallery

Leslie Martin: Paupieres in Oil

646 Tchoupitoulas Street

6 - 31 January 2018

LESLIE MARTIN
Cypress Tree on Grand Bois
oil on canvas
30 x 18 inches

LESLIE MARTIN
Factory Studies 5
oil on panel
19 x 25 inches

LESLIE MARTIN
Hope Road 3
oil on panel
16 x 22 inches

LESLIE MARTIN
Install Shot II, Mosquito Supper Club

LESLIE MARTIN
Install Shot, Mosquito Supper Club

LESLIE MARTIN
Papillons on Robinson
oil on canvas
14 x 18

LESLIE MARTIN

Press Release

Brand​ ​New​ ​Orleans​ ​Art​ ​Gallery​ ​is​ ​proud​ ​to​ ​present​ ​​Paupieres​ ​in​​ Oil​,​ ​a​ ​retrospective​ ​of​ ​local​ ​artist​ ​Leslie Martin​ ​spanning​ ​works​ ​over​ ​the​ ​past​ ​decade.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​exhibition​ ​of​ ​2018,​ ​​Paupieres​​ in​​ Oil​ ​​ will​ ​open​ ​at the​ ​Brand​ ​New​ ​Orleans​ ​Art​ ​Gallery​ ​on​ ​January​ ​6th​ ​and​ ​run​ ​through​ ​January​ ​31st.  

 

A​ ​self​ ​taught​ ​painter​ ​and​ ​musician,​ ​Martin​ ​draws​ ​inspiration​ ​from​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Rembrandt​ ​and​ ​other​ ​Dutch Masters,​ ​to​ ​recreate​ ​the​ ​iconic​ ​scenes​ ​of​ ​his​ ​hometown​ ​of​ ​Chauvin,​ ​Louisiana.​ ​He​ ​came​ ​to​ ​New​ ​Orleans in​ ​the​ ​late​ ​80’s​ ​to​ ​play​ ​piano​ ​and​ ​has​ ​played​ ​successfully​ ​as​ ​a​ ​jazz​ ​pianist​ ​for​ ​the​ ​past​ ​28​ ​years.​ ​​Paupieres in​ ​Oil​ ​​ pays​ ​homage​ ​to​ ​the​ ​blue​ ​collar​ ​folks​ ​on​ ​Bayou​ ​Petit​ ​CAillou.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​family​ ​of​ ​shrimpers,​ ​oyster fisherman,​ ​crabbers​ ​and​ ​netmakers,​ ​he​ ​is​ ​canonising​ ​his​ ​grandparents,​ ​uncles​ ​and​ ​dad​ ​and​ ​a​ ​lifetime​ ​of work​ ​on​ ​the​ ​barrier​ ​waters​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Gulf​ ​of​ ​Mexico.​ ​The​ ​romance​ ​that​ ​is​ ​often​ ​overlooked​ ​in​ ​the​ ​swamps and​ ​marshes​ ​of​ ​South​ ​Louisiana​ ​is​ ​a​ ​catalyst​ ​for​ ​Martin’s​ ​works.​ ​Rather​ ​than​ ​words,​ ​communication through​ ​images​ ​and​ ​music​ ​has​ ​always​ ​been​ ​natural​ ​to​ ​Martin.​ ​​Paupieres​ ​in​​ Oil​ ​​ represents​ ​his​ ​fierce​ ​love of​ ​South​ ​Louisiana​ ​and​ ​New​ ​Orleans. 

This​ ​exhibition​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​expand​ ​upon​ ​our​ ​gallery’s​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​local​ ​Louisiana based​ ​artists,​ ​from​ ​emerging​ ​to​ ​well-established.​ ​As​ ​New​ ​Orleans​ ​approaches​ ​its’​ ​300th​ ​year,​ ​Brand​ ​New Orleans​ ​Art​ ​Gallery​ ​is​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​bringing​ ​a​ ​spotlight​ ​to​ ​artists​ ​who​ ​honor​ ​the​ ​natural​ ​surroundings​ ​of Louisiana​ ​that​ ​continually​ ​teach​ ​us​ ​to​ ​find​ ​beauty​ ​in​ ​the​ ​depths​ ​of​ ​difficulty​ ​and​ ​desolation.  

 

Paupieres​​ in​​ Oil​ ​​will​ ​open​ ​on​ ​Saturday​ ​January​ ​6th​ ​with​ ​a​ ​reception​ ​from​ ​6-9​ ​pm​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Arts​ ​District of​ ​New​ ​Orleans​ ​“First​ ​Saturdays”.​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​live​ ​music​ ​from​ ​Matt​ ​Johnson​ ​and​ ​friends​ ​during​ ​the event​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​cajun​ ​cuisine​ ​by​ ​Melissa​ ​Martin​ ​of​ ​Mosquito​ ​Supper​ ​Club.The​ ​exhibition​ ​will​ ​be​ ​on​ ​view through​ ​January​ ​31,​ ​2018. 

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