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Martha Armstrong

Trees, Seas And Objects

February 2021

Selected Works Thumbnails
Apple Tree Jazz  30" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Apple Tree Jazz

30" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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Cookies  18" x 21"  Oil On Canvas

Cookies

18" x 21"

Oil On Canvas

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Double Take-Ibis and Cup  23" x 31"  Oil On Canvas

Double Take-Ibis and Cup

23" x 31"

Oil On Canvas

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Early Fall II  28" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Early Fall II

28" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Fall 2020  48" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Fall 2020

48" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

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West Dummerston  28" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

West Dummerston (SOLD)

28" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Foggy Morning, R.I.  11" x 17"   Oil On Canvas

Foggy Morning, R.I. (SOLD)

11" x 17" 

Oil On Canvas

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From Here To There  48" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

From Here To There (SOLD)

48" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

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Full Fall  8" x 10"   Oil On Board

Full Fall I

8" x 10" 

Oil On Board

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Grandmothers Tales  34" x 50"  Oil On Canvas

Grandmother's Tales I

34" x 50"

Oil On Canvas

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Grandmother's Tales II  34" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Grandmother's Tales II

34" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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June Morning 2  12" x 17"  Oil On Canvas

June Morning 2

12" x 17"

Oil On Canvas

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June Morning 2020  12" x 17"   Oil On Canvas

June Morning 2020

12" x 17" 

Oil On Canvas

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Mackerel Sky I  38" x 36"  Charcoal On Paper

Mackerel Sky I

38" x 36"

Charcoal On Paper

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Napkin Ring In Winter Light  21" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Napkin Ring In Winter Light

21" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

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New Balance  28" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

New Balance

28" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

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New Day II  30" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

New Day II

30" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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Quonochontaug Early Morning 4  10" x 13"  Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 4

10" x 13"

Oil On Canvas

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Quonochontaug 5  8" x 10"   Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 5

8" x 10" 

Oil On Canvas

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Quonochontaug Early Morning 8  9" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 8

9" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

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Start Of Fall  48" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Start Of Fall

48" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

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Sunset Behind Storm Clouds  11" x 18"  Oil On Canvas

Sunset Behind Storm Clouds

11" x 18"

Oil On Canvas

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Swooping Yellows  28" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Swooping Yellows, Vermont

28" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

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Triple Valentine  26" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Triple Valentine

26" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

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Tucson Sunset Study  8" x 10"  Oil On Canvas

Tucson Sunset Study

8" x 10"

Oil On Canvas

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Tucson Sunset  30" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Tucson Sunset

30" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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Wings of the Dove  34" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Wings Of The Dove

34" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

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Apple Tree Jazz  30" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Apple Tree Jazz

30" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

Cookies  18" x 21"  Oil On Canvas

Cookies

18" x 21"

Oil On Canvas

Double Take-Ibis and Cup  23" x 31"  Oil On Canvas

Double Take-Ibis and Cup

23" x 31"

Oil On Canvas

Early Fall II  28" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Early Fall II

28" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Fall 2020  48" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Fall 2020

48" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

West Dummerston  28" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

West Dummerston (SOLD)

28" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Foggy Morning, R.I.  11" x 17"   Oil On Canvas

Foggy Morning, R.I. (SOLD)

11" x 17" 

Oil On Canvas

From Here To There  48" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

From Here To There (SOLD)

48" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

Full Fall  8" x 10"   Oil On Board

Full Fall I

8" x 10" 

Oil On Board

Grandmothers Tales  34" x 50"  Oil On Canvas

Grandmother's Tales I

34" x 50"

Oil On Canvas

Grandmother's Tales II  34" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Grandmother's Tales II

34" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

June Morning 2  12" x 17"  Oil On Canvas

June Morning 2

12" x 17"

Oil On Canvas

June Morning 2020  12" x 17"   Oil On Canvas

June Morning 2020

12" x 17" 

Oil On Canvas

Mackerel Sky I  38" x 36"  Charcoal On Paper

Mackerel Sky I

38" x 36"

Charcoal On Paper

Napkin Ring In Winter Light  21" x 24"  Oil On Canvas

Napkin Ring In Winter Light

21" x 24"

Oil On Canvas

New Balance  28" x 22"  Oil On Canvas

New Balance

28" x 22"

Oil On Canvas

New Day II  30" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

New Day II

30" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 4  10" x 13"  Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 4

10" x 13"

Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug 5  8" x 10"   Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 5

8" x 10" 

Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 8  9" x 11"  Oil On Canvas

Quonochontaug Early Morning 8

9" x 11"

Oil On Canvas

Start Of Fall  48" x 60"  Oil On Canvas

Start Of Fall

48" x 60"

Oil On Canvas

Sunset Behind Storm Clouds  11" x 18"  Oil On Canvas

Sunset Behind Storm Clouds

11" x 18"

Oil On Canvas

Swooping Yellows  28" x 36"  Oil On Canvas

Swooping Yellows, Vermont

28" x 36"

Oil On Canvas

Triple Valentine  26" x 28"  Oil On Canvas

Triple Valentine

26" x 28"

Oil On Canvas

Tucson Sunset Study  8" x 10"  Oil On Canvas

Tucson Sunset Study

8" x 10"

Oil On Canvas

Tucson Sunset  30" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Tucson Sunset

30" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

Wings of the Dove  34" x 48"  Oil On Canvas

Wings Of The Dove

34" x 48"

Oil On Canvas

“I want the painting to be about a specific subject and about what is going on in my brain - intuition, feeling, judgment, memory. Avoid past ideas at all costs. Invent an equivalent without premeditation.”     

-Martha Armstrong

Exhibition Statement

Mackerel Sky III

44″ x 42″

Charcoal On Paper

Gross McCleaf Gallery is pleased to announce a major solo exhibition of new paintings by gallery artist, Martha Armstrong.

Armstrong’s muscular shapes and energetic compositions are hers alone to claim – a style that she’s developed and faithfully preserved over many decades. Her work harkens back to early American Modernists like Marsden Hartley and Arthur Dove and contemporary artists like Lois Dodd and Richard Diebenkorn. One can also see the influence of European movements such as Cubism and Fauvism.

An observational painter, Armstrong repeatedly returns to familiar subject matter, although each painting boasts its own content or, as the artist states, its own “intuition, feeling, judgment and memory”.   Armstrong has been painting at the window of her Vermont studio for many years, never tiring of the opportunity to record the changing light and seasons with new eyes.  As Roberta Smith, Critic for the New York Times, said in a review of Armstrong’s 2015 show at the Bowery Gallery, “At once improvisational and carefully carpentered, these paintings explode toward the eye, like nature on first sight, at its most welcoming and irrepressible.”

In addition to the landscapes, the current exhibition will feature a selection of still-life paintings, subject matter which Armstrong has long-explored but rarely displayed.

Born in 1940, Martha Armstrong has had an extensive and noteworthy painting career. She is a 1962 graduate of Smith College, and received a Master’s Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1963.   Armstrong has taught at the Kansas City Art Institute, Smith, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Indiana University in Bloomington, among others. She has exhibited regionally and nationally and is in the permanent collections of The Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and many other public and private collections across the country. Armstrong has exhibited at Gross McCleaf Gallery regularly since 1974.