Biography Martina Angela Müller

 

 Martina Angela Müller is a visual artist practicing in a number of different fields. The main body of her work is abstract painting, but she also works in sculpture, environmental art and installation. Her work could recently be seen at La MaMa La Galleria in New York City and is also available through Art-in-Giving in Boston, MA. One of her stainless steel sculptures received an honorable mention in July 2016 at the Chatham Meadows Sculpture show, judged by Nicole Hayes of Art Omi.  Additionally her work has been seen in local galleries and numerous area venues and is in private collections on four continents.  She was born and raised in Germany. She studied art at Emerson College in England, at Ruhruniversität Bochum and at the Institute for Waldorf Pedagogy in Witten Annen. She was cofounder of Gallery 345, an experimental Arts Collective in Hudson, NY whose mission it was to engage the viewers in dialogue and activities. She was a recipient of a Credere Fund grant that she used for her installation “Layers of Light” at Basilica Industria in Hudson, NY in 2009 and “Layers of Color and Light” at Free Columbia in 2013. Lilipoh magazine ran an artist feature about her work in 2013 and one of her paintings was a cover for the Cortland Review. Her main teachers have been: the late great Hudson River School painter Thomas Locker, Annemarie Martin and Ted Mahle at Rudolf Steiner College, Ca. She is currently working as a freelance artist and teaches at the Alkion Center for adult education, of which she is a cofounder, and at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. She and her husband Eric Müller have three grown sons and live in Ghent, NY where she maintains her art studio.

 For more go to her website www.martinaangelamuller.co

Exhibitions:

  • Chatham Meadows Sculpture Show, Chatham, NY, 2016
  • Group Show at Diana Felber Gallery, West Stockbridge, MA, 2016
  • Group Show at LaMama LaGalleria, New York City, 2014
  • Participating Artist at “Art in Giving”, Boston, MA ,2014
  • Solo show at Joan Allen Gallery, Ghent, NY, 2015
  • Two artist show with installation at Free Columbia Space, Philmont, NY, 2013
  • Solo show at Fountain Hall Performing Art Center, Copake, NY, 2012
  • Installation and paintings for Arts Walk at Basilica Industria, Hudson, NY, 2010
  • Group Show at Threefold Auditorium, Spring Valley, NY 2010
  • Continuous showings at Cooperative Gallery 345 in Hudson, NY, 2007-2009
  • One piece at Sanford Smith Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 2006
  • Numerous shows in cafes, bookstores, performing art venues in upstate NY and Western Massachusetts, 1996 – present

Grants:

  • Credere Grant for Installation at Basilica Industria, Hudson, NY 2010
  • Ilse Kolbuszowski grant for exhibit and installation at Free Columbia Space, 2013

Teaching:     

  • Teaching art to adults since 1990
  • Teaching art at the middle and high school level since 1997
  • Currently teaching at the Alkion Center for Adult Education and Hawthorne Valley High School, NY
  • Teaching art at a retirement home, 2013
  • Homeschool groups over the last eight years

 

Illustration and Book Covers and Graphic Work

  • Internationally published children’s book illustrator (Floris Books, Christofoor, Urachhaus) of three children’s books, 1997-1999
  • Numerous book covers, logos and illustrations for magazines and periodicals
  • Cover of the Cortland Review, 2008

Articles:

  • Article about my work in “Lilipoh” magazine Fall Issue 2013

 

Education:              

  • Cambridge University, England, English Proficiency Exam
  • Ruhr University, Bochum, Art and English
  • Emerson College, England, Art and English
  • Institute for Waldorf Pedagogy, Witten, Germany, High School Art Education

 

Artist Statement

 Martina Angela Müller

 

The main body of my work has been abstract oil and mixed media painting for almost three decades. I also work in stainless steel, stone and wood sculpture as well as installation and environmental art.

Throughout the years of painting I have pursued one main goal: to work towards a vibrant transcendence of color as a manifestation of lively, expanding and ever changing spirituality. The inner aspect of this work has been meditation of the world’s great spiritual documents as a lead into the painting process; and technically I have worked with running color, drips, glazes, push and pull techniques, drumming brushstrokes, linear scripts of inner and outer movement and soft buffing techniques. Every piece consists of countless layers to achieve radiance, a luminous experience and depth.  

In my latest work I have added a component of direct interaction with natural processes by letting the wind or water get actively involved in forming the composition by manipulating natural materials on the canvas like earth, ash, marble dust etc. I experience the earth as the bearer of our collective consciousness and identity and love bringing it into my work. Atmospheric, elemental, meditative paintings are the outcome of these processes.

          Although working with colors is mainly a visual activity, it nevertheless and strangely enough has a lot to do with listening as well. 

I often get inspired by great pieces of music, by standing in the presence of great art, by nature and by sacred, meditative texts that I work with. These experiences can trigger a huge creative response, often like an image or imagination that forms itself in front of the inner eye as an activity of the soul and that I can see as clearly as a landscape painter would see a landscape and then feel impelled to paint it.  Process itself is a vital part of my painting. Although I have a starting image or idea I leave a lot to what arises out of the process and see it as a great adventure in which unforeseen things happen and add unexpected detail to the whole story. 

For further images please visit www.martinaangelamuller.com