Magazine article Southwest Art

Martin Grelle

Magazine article Southwest Art

Martin Grelle

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TWENTY NEW oil and acrylic paintings by Texas artist Martin Grelle premiere this month in his first solo show at Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ. Titled Bound by Heart and Paint, the highly anticipated exhibition-Grelle's largest one-man show in 15 years- opens on Saturday, November 11, with an artist's reception at 5 p.m. Most of the paintings are sold by draw, but several pieces are up for sale in a live auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. "It's amazing to see the interest Martin's work creates-people really love it," says gallery owner Brad Richardson. "With this large body of work, he's enjoyed the opportunity to portray some unique subject matter that collectors haven't seen before."

While the bulk of the show features the large-scale Native American figurative works for which Grelle is well known, many of these pieces present narratives he has tackled for the first time in his 44-year career. Among them is the artist's tour de force CHASING THUNDER, a complex, high-octane scene of a horse-mounted buffalo hunt- a subject he has wanted to portray for years, says Grelle. In a very different, intimate painting that inspired the show's title, he depicts the unspoken bond between a warrior and his wife during a sacred painting ritual. "I wanted this show to be really special and dig into ideas I'd been putting off," he says. "At this point, it's the best body of work I've put together in my career."

Grelle works out of his studio in the Meridian Creek Valley near Clifton, TX, where he was born and raised, but he frequently travels to ranches and historical re-enactments throughout the West to observe and photograph subject matter. …

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