Martin John Garhart has worked as an artist/teacher, teaching, making, and showing his images over the last forty years. His works reside in over forty institutions including the British Museum, Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institute, as well as numerous private collections. He is a Professor of Art Emeritus from Kenyon College, in Gambier, OH where he taught Studio Art for thirty one years.
Having grown up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, he has returned to the West and now splits his time between his cabin/studio in the Black Hills and his home/studio in Powell, WY
After thirty one years of teaching drawing I have written this book on drawing. It is a book that speaks to learning and how the visual vocabulary of drawing can become a tool for that effort. It is a complete curriculum and with the desire and discipline one will learn to draw and to use drawing as a tool for thought. It is available online through outskirtspress.com, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.
TO SOMEWHERE, SOME TIME
A show of graphite drawing and
lino-cuts. The show will go up July 2 –July 28, 2021 at the Brinton Museum, Big Horn WY. This show will be followed in 2024 at the Brinton with a solo show of my major works.
The art works shown on these pages; oil paintings, watercolor, etchings and linocuts,
are all original pieces made by Martin John Garhart (Martin Garhart). The works include a variety of media based around a group of themes that are based on a central concept. ( see the Artists Statement.) The prints on this sight are traditional original works. In printmaking that means that the impressions are created by the transfer of ink from one or more plates, blocks, stones, or screens depending on the process used. The work shown here are intaglio etchings and engravings and relief linocuts. The frames are for the most part made by the artist and in the case of the large paintings they are an architectural or sculptural addition to the total content of the piece.
SEEN AND SAID
Paintings by Martin John Garhart
Dahl Arts Center
Rapid City, South Dakota
Aug. 13- Dec. 4, 2021
Opening Aug. 27 5-7
This show will include oil and watercolor paintings completed over a period of several years; from now to then. It will be a large show, around fifty paintings, including the water color and oil poem series and the large oil paintings with their written passages.
As language is an important part of the work, I suppose why is a good question to put to someone who is primarily an image maker. As with all of us, I am also a product of time and place. I believe there are two major factors that have created my fascination with language. One: my introduction to Art as a personal form of expression came in the nineteen sixties when Pop Art with its cast of “Bangs, Wows, etc.” was front and center. Two: I taught thirty –one years at Kenyon College where writing and poetry were at the center of learning.
The language is, of course, just a part of the whole as is best explained in my artist’s statement.