Richard Martinez and Jim Woodson
Exhibition: August 29 – October 1, 2005
Reception: Friday, September 9, 6 – 8:30 PM
Gallery talk during reception beginning at 6:30 PM
The Gallery at UTA kicks off its 2005-2006 season with an exhibition
of paintings by artists Richard Martinez (San Antonio) and Jim
Woodson (Ft. Worth).
Richard Martinez’s work incorporates uniquely shaped canvases,
decorative motifs and stenciled patterns, and colorful painterly
techniques. He describes his primarily abstract paintings as employing “a
baroque approach in their blatant sensuality of form, artifice, and the pleasure
of color.” The rounded flowing forms of his canvases suggest sculptural
objects, while the atmospheric painting overlaid with gestural
marks and stylized designs emphasizes the flatness of the surface.
Jim Woodson’s oil paintings are inspired by the sweeping
southwestern panoramas of Texas and New Mexico. Actively reinterpreting
merely depicting what he sees, Woodson’s process involves photographing
and then recombining elements from different perspectives to
create a more personalized version of the scene. His self-described “concurrent
views of the landscape” push the horizon line to the upper register
of the canvas and incorporate abstract marks made by tools such
as palette knives and brushes attached to long sticks. Curator Benito
Huerta comments, “More
and more, Woodson utilizes the landscape as a starting point… as
a process toward abstract exploration.”
Richard Martinez relocated to Texas from the west coast in 2004.
He received his BFA from Southern Oregon University and his MFA
from the University of California, Davis. Currently, an Assistant Professor in
Studio Art, he teaches painting and drawing in the undergraduate
graduate programs at UT San Antonio. His work has been exhibited
in several solo and two person exhibitions in Oregon and California between 2002
and 2005. In 2005, his work was included in the Texas Biennial
for which he won a Juror’s Award. He also received a Juror’s
Award at the 2003 Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum.
Fort Worth artist Jim Woodson is Professor of Art at Texas Christian
University where he has taught since 1974. Born and educated
in Texas, he is well known to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex art community. Local
exhibitions include a 2002 two-person show at the Arlington
Art, a solo exhibition in 2000 at TCU and two solo exhibitions
in 1980 and 1991 at the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth. In 1999 his work was
selected for inclusion in the international invitational exhibition, “Bienniale
Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea” in Florence, Italy.
His work can be found in numerous private and public collections
In association with the exhibition, the artists will each present
an hour-long slide lecture about their work beginning at 12 noon
in the Fine Arts Building auditorium (room 148). Richard Martinez is scheduled
for Thursday, September 8 and Jim Woodson will present on Thursday,
All events are free and open to the public.
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10 - 5 PM, Saturday 12 - 5 PM.
Located on the north end, first floor of the UTA Fine Arts Building,
502 S. Cooper St., Arlington.
For more information, contact
Benito Huerta 817-272-3143, or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658
2005-2006 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support
of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, and Hilton Arlington.