Carly Allen-Martin describes the message of her work as one of "resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth, and fearlessness.” Color is the Dallas-based artist's primary tool for conveying this message, followed by layer and attention to detail. Each painting bares an extraordinary depth, a trail of layers that reveals how each original work came to be. Although oil is Allen-Martin's primary medium, drawing remains critical to her practice. The unapologetic grit of pressed charcoal and the graceful mark of soft pastels combine to create rich surfaces and a remarkably vibrant chromatic experience for the viewer.

Carly Allen-Martin studied at the Santa Reperata International School of Art in Florence, Italy, the European Academy of Fine Art in Trier, Germany, and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. She holds a BFA in painting from Texas Christian University and completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Featured in the Dallas Morning News and LUXE Interiors + Design magazine, the work of Cary Allen-Martin is collected publicly and privately both internationally and across the United States. Public Collections include BBVA Compass Bank and Texas Christian University.

 

STATEMENT

The message of my work is one of resiliency, optimism, authenticity, depth, and fearlessness. It is about overcoming the obstacles we all face as human beings.

 

Color is the most important tool that I use to convey that message. You won't find a heavy weight or overpowering darkness in my work. I use bits and pieces of a darker palette because I have found that as in life, on a surface, elements of darkness make the brights shine brighter and the colors read more true. Color is the most important aspect of my work followed by layer and attention to detail.

 

To me, for a painting to be successful, it needs to have depth and a trail of layers in how it came to be. That is the pathway to the individuality of each piece. It is the resume of where the work has been and how it came to be.

The materials I work with have given me the keys to unlock the surface of each painting that I previously longed for, but was unable to execute. Drawing is a critical element of my expression - I have been drawing these same lines on paper since I was able to hold a pencil. I love charcoal, because it is unapologetic. It doesn't fit into a neat, tidy box. It is messy, and bold, and brings an element of grit to the surface of the piece. The soft pastels have the same effect, but with a more graceful, gentle approach. I love pastels, because there is a purity to their color and richness that I have not found in another material. Oils are the most dominant material I use to deliver the message or narrative to the surface of the work. I have found that paper and panel are critical, because they allow me to create freely without having to work around the fragility of the surface.

 

Overall, what I am interested in is creating honest, authentic, uplifting work that can thrive in interior spaces, and enriches the lives of both the artist and the viewer. I believe the world needs optimistic work, with which we interact with on a daily basis, that gently nudges us to live more boldly, more considerately, and more authentically as the individuals we were created to be.

 

CV

EDUCATION

2011. Artist Residency, The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2007. Bachelors of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tx, Magna CumLaude

2007. Japanese Art and Culture, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

2006. Mixed Media under Francesca Cataldi, European Academy of Fine Art, Trier, Germany

2003. Santa Reparata International School of Art, Florence, Italy

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016. “A Hundred Silent Ways” - Artspace111, Ft. Worth, Tx

2010. Oil on Canvas, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Tx

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016. Hunt Slonem: Fauna, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2016. All The Emerald Oceans, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2016. Greatest Hits, Group Exhibition, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2016. On Edge, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2016. Beyond Chaos, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2016. Body Electric, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2016. Nature’s First Green Is Gold, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2016. Roi James: A Renewal of Expression, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2016. Momentum Group Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2016. Summer Artist Showcase, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2016. Within The Invisible Space, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2016. Spring Gallery Night, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2016. Immanent Ascent, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2016. Focus, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2016. Ethos, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2015. "Seeing Double": Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Christopher Martin, Twenty Years, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2015. Spectrum, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Inside Out, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Tara Conley Suspended Friction, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Artist Showcase: Group Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Double Vision: Group Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2015. Balance, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Odessey Stories, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2015. Veritas, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. New Work, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Houston, Tx

2014. Love and Muses, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. Technicolor, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. Night in White, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. One: Anniversary Exhibition, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2014. Fall Gallery Night, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2014. Dream State, Laura Rathe Fine Art, Dallas, Tx

2013. The Abstract Show, Artspace111, Fort Worth, Tx

2012. Grand Opening, Davis & Blevins Gallery, Saint Jo, Texas 

2012. Chiapas, Perot Museum of Nature and Science,  Dallas, Tx

2012. Trans, Mckinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas 

2011. Panels and Prints, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, Tx 

2011. FISD Faculty Show, Frisco Discovery Center, Frisco, Tx

2007. Translations, TCU Art Professions, Fort Worth, Tx

2005. Art Slam: TCU Honor Society of Artists, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Texas

 

PRESS/PUBLICATIONS/APPEARANCES

2016. Food Network Magazine, At Home With Jonathon Bennett, “Every Now & Then”, Dining Room Feature, Summer 2016

2016. Paper City Magazine, September Issue 2016

2016. Haylie’s America, Cooking Channel, Texas Queso, 2016

2015. LUXE via Laura Rathe Fine Art, Summer Issue

2015. Texas Sushi, Real Girl's Kitchen, Cooking Channel Network

2014. Cooking Channel, Real Girl's Kitchen, Episode "Brunch, Bellinis, and Besties”

2014. Style Makers Feature (Editorial), LUXE Magazine, Summer Issue

2012. HGTV Celebrity Homes Christmas Special

 

RESIDENCYS

2011.  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tx