Drift along Joe Martino’s flow of quiet anarchy

Despite rigorous experimentation and a willingness to try new things in new ways, every artist has a style that is distinctively theirs. Subtle nuances in color, in texture, in subject, and in composition will ultimately belie their creator’s hand.
For Joe Martino, his remarkable “tell” is the cycle of chaos and order that blooms rhythmically in his work.
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There is something both tidy and disgruntled in the layers of paint, gesso, and paste. Each neat succession of fiber, metal and paper has delightfully destructive bursts. With the use of so many media, one anticipates crowding and clutter. But alas, each element fits and removing of any one would come at the detriment to the flow of quiet anarchy.
Joe’s work is dual natured: creationist and destructionist. His connection to nature, to science, is undeniable – his “Artissimo” series is paramount to the Big Bang, and other pieces have celestial essences that hint around the edges.
In his artist statement, Joe describes his work as non-traditional, textural and dimensional. These words seem too small to soak up the watery descent we make into his spectacular Koi pond, or the lustrous contours of his lovely Aeola.
His work has been described as “organic” but I’d be so bold as to disagree. With Joe’s artful melding of light, purpose and mass, certainly his work hails from the cosmos.

Despite rigorous experimentation and a willingness to try new things in new ways, every artist has a style that is distinctively theirs. Subtle nuances in color, in texture, in subject, and in composition will ultimately belie their creator’s hand.

For Joe Martino, his remarkable “tell” is the cycle of chaos and order that blooms rhythmically in his work.

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There is something both tidy and disgruntled in the layers of paint, gesso, and paste. Each neat succession of fiber, metal and paper has delightfully destructive bursts. With the use of so many media, one anticipates crowding and clutter. But alas, each element fits and removing of any one would come at the detriment to the flow of quiet anarchy.

Joe’s Martino’s work is dual natured: creationist and destructionist. His connection to nature, to science, is undeniable – his “Artissimo” series is paramount to the Big Bang, and other pieces have celestial essences that hint around the edges. We expect no less from an artist who has lived a dual nature himself: as artist and science educator.

In his artist statement, Joe describes his work as non-traditional, textural and dimensional. These words seem too small to soak up the watery descent we make into his spectacular Koi pond, or the lustrous contours of his lovely Aeola.

His work has been described as “organic” but I’d be so bold as to disagree. With Joe’s artful melding of light, purpose and mass, certainly his work hails from the cosmos.

Joe has a variety of events coming up throughout Northeast Ohio – stop out and see him!
Check out more of Joe’s work on his website, or click over to his permanent Hearted-Artist gallery.

Please let us know what YOU think about Joe’s work by leaving a comment below, and by rating his portfolioCome back next week – same time, same place – to check out our next hearted artist!

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P.S. You’ll never be cool like Joe if you don’t submit your artist portfolio! And if you’ve already submitted, we’ll be picking another hearted artist next week – it might just be you!

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11 Responses to Drift along Joe Martino’s flow of quiet anarchy

  1. Janie Pavlek says:

    Beautiful work – congratulations Joe!

  2. gail martino says:

    I have watched Joe create many of these works, and I have admired the finished pieces. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone describe his art in such elegant and perfect terms.

    How wonderful!

    Gail

  3. Diann Adams says:

    I have only been familiar with Mr. Martino’s work since I moved into the area about 4 years ago. I find his art very stimulating and motivating. His abstractions evoke a “Wow” response. My husband admires his artistic talent. Great work, Mr. Martino.

  4. Bili Kribbs says:

    Joe is man! His work has so much freedom and creativity. I hope to be like Joe someday!

  5. Lynn Digby says:

    Congratulations! I love your work!

  6. Brooke says:

    I just checked out Mr. Martino’s gallery and website. What an amazing collection!

  7. Doug Bennett says:

    An amazing collection! Congratulations Joe on your selection.

  8. su nimon says:

    Congratulations Joe. I always have… and am sure I always will enjoy your work very much.

  9. Michele Waalkes says:

    Congrats Joe!! I look forward to seeing even more of your work!

  10. brennis says:

    This is an incredibly gifted man and truly a gentleman! It is pleasure to have this man and his wife in your life! His talent and kindness is a gift to this community! We are blessed to have Joe and Gail living in this community!

  11. Ashley (will be Harwell soon!!) says:

    I can’t agree more with brennis! The Martino’s with all of their talent and beauty are an inspiration to all who meet them. Congratulations Joe!

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