Contemporary artist Sebastian Martorana incisively carves stone sculptures which traverse a range of subjects. Working primarily in marble, Martorana charges the oldest of artistic disciplines with the concerns of a contemporary generation. He has embraced a direct approach to sculpture. Martorana often works from observation, sculpting from life using tools fabricated to achieve the required effect over the surface of stone. Where elements of his work appear forthright and effortless, they are in fact the result of a skillful approach to artistic traditions, reveling in passages of texture, pattern, volume and form that are by turns humorous, familiar and politically-charged.
Subject Matters is organized by the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. This concise survey of the past ten-years presents twenty-one sculptures drawn from both his studio and private collections. This will be the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in New England.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort and Barbara and Richard O’Leary.