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Marty Gibson
Marty Gibson
Medium(s):
  mixed media
  printmaking

Contact Info:
   Phone: 480-334-1774
   Email: marty.gibson@cox.net
   Web: www.martygibson.com
Artist Statement

MARTY GIBSON
480-334-1774
martygibson@usa.net
martygibson.com

Several years ago Ann Otis, a friend and experienced printmaker, suggested that I, as primarily a painter, might be interested in Monoprints and Monotypes because they are the most �painterly� of the various printmaking methods.
These unique prints are made by simply painting with inks on a substrate and running it through a press. Each print is unique and cannot be duplicated. They are designated one of one or 1/1. I use a brush rather than a brayer to apply soy based inks and various mark making tools to create a painterly effect.
Some of my prints are embellished with marginalia which may be drawings, chin colle or smaller prints. All materials, inks and papers are archival. My press is a floor model Griffin 18� bed I purchased used.
A lot of changes have taken place in the way printers approach their work today. There is a growing acceptance of combining the more classic methods with additions of overprinting, digital imagery, drawings and chin colle (the process of adhering additional thin paper onto the print in the manner of collage) I want to push the boundaries of what is creatively possible. I am not interested in editioning a series from a single plate. I want to create a unique image.
My work is abstract and frequently a sort of palimpsest where layers are worked as a suggestion of artifacts and information acquired through exploration. I stain, scrape, wipe, emboss, use stencils, solar plates, fabric, linoleum prints, pastel and pencil marks. I�m not working to please the �print police� but to express an idea.
Although I am an abstract artist I find I need a back story; an idea to pursue. I�m always on the prowl for imagery or ideas that fuel the process. As a viewer you may not need to know my story. Give up the security of recognizable objects and become an active participant. Let go of words, feel the color, the lines and shapes. Look at art like you listen to music. Find your own story.
I have a bachelor of fine arts with a double major in painting and design. I had a career as a Graphic Designer for many years in the Seattle area.

Several years ago Ann Otis, a friend and experienced printmaker, suggested that I, as primarily a painter, might be interested in Monoprints and Monotypes because they are the most �painterly� of the various printmaking methods.
These unique prints are made by simply painting with inks on a substrate and running it through a press. Each print is unique and cannot be duplicated. They are designated one of one or 1/1. I use a brush rather than a brayer to apply soy based inks and various mark making tools to create a painterly effect.
Some of my prints are embellished with marginalia which may be drawings, chin colle or smaller prints. All materials, inks and papers are archival. My press is a floor model Griffin 18� bed I purchased used.
A lot of changes have taken place in the way printers approach their work today. There is a growing acceptance of combining the more classic methods with additions of overprinting, digital imagery, drawings and chin colle (the process of adhering additional thin paper onto the print in the manner of collage) I want to push the boundaries of what is creatively possible. I am not interested in editioning a series from a single plate. I want to create a unique image.
My work is abstract and frequently a sort of palimpsest where layers are worked as a suggestion of artifacts and information acquired through exploration. I stain, scrape, wipe, emboss, use stencils, solar plates, fabric, linoleum prints, pastel and pencil marks. I�m not working to please the �print police� but to express an idea.
Although I am an abstract artist I find I need a back story; an idea to pursue. I�m always on the prowl for imagery or ideas that fuel the process. As a viewer you may not need to know my story. Give up the security of recognizable objects and become an active participant. Let go of words, feel the color, the lines and shapes. Look at art like you listen to music. Find your own story.
I have a bachelor of fine arts with a double major in painting and design. I had a career as a Graphic Designer for many years in the Seattle area.
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M A R T Y G I B S O N
marty.gibson@cox.net www.martygibson.com
480-334-1774 cell
Education
University of Kansas BFA, Studio Painting
University of Kansas BFA, Graphic Design
Employment
Fashion Illustrator, Macy's Midwest Division, Kansas City, MO
Art Director, People-To-People, Kansas City, MO
Art Director, Puget Soundings Magazine, Seattle, WA
Art Director, VIA Fashion Magazine, Seattle, WA
Art Director, Recovery Magazine, Seattle, WA
Publicity Manager, Eastside Medical Laboratories, Bellevue, WA
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Graphic Specialist, Seattle, WA
Gibson/Quirk Graphic Design Studio, Partner and Creative Director, Bellevue, WA
Juried Shows
American Institute of Graphic Arts member shows, Seattle, WA 1976-1992
Arizona Watercolor Association 2004 & 2005
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Portfolio Review, 2006
Brio Art Center Figurative Show 2007
Cave Creek Film & Art Festival 2008, 2009
Level Nine Gallery, Monotype Prints 2010
Cave Creek Festival of Fine Art 2010 - 2012
Contemporary Exhibition, Cave Creek, 2014
Herberger Theater Gallery, Ways Of Water Phoenix, AZ 2014
Art Link City Scape Exhibition, Refresh Phoenix, AZ 2014
University of Arizona The Art of Planetary Science, 2014
Herberger Theater Gallery, Crumpled, Dented and Crushed, 2015
Galleries & Exhibitions
Schaeffer Gallery, Lawrence, KS
Lakeshore Gallery, Kirkland, WA
Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour 2004 20013, 2016, 2018, 2019
Easy Street Gallery, Carefree, AZ
Exhibition Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Holland Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ Printmaking Today 2015, Art Talk 2015, 2016, 2017,2018
Driven To Abstraction 2016 (Two person exhibit)

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