Toni recently talked with Art & Seek, the cutlure-focused website from the North Texas Public Radio station KERA.  In addtion to their write up of the Eye Spy installation at the Lorenzo Hotel, Toni got to speak with their producer on air!

Read the full article and listen to the Radio Spot at https://artandseek.org/2020/12/07/eye-spy-with-my-little-eye-150-art-pieces-at-this-dallas-installation/

 

Dallas-based artist Toni Martin has captured viewers’ attention with her award-winning paintings and mixed media pieces over the past few years. Creating everything from portraits to three-dimensional works, the Maryland-native is debuting her newest exhibit “Eye Spy” (which features chromatherapy — the use of light and color to alter mental states) at Lorenzo Hotel in The Cedars on October 24.

In anticipation of the opening, we caught up with Martin to learn about what inspired the exhibit, as well as her recent painting for the historic Pittman Hotel in Deep Ellum.

 

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What inspired “Eye Spy?” 

Toni Martin: So I really liked the game Eye Spy because it’s a mixture of random objects and pieces of life that people have probably encountered at one point or another. I picked items that were personal to me and that I connected with.

One of my main pictures is a piggy bank with wings. The only thing in “Eye Spy” that I kept a different color were those pig’s wings because they were silver. Above the pig, I put a fairy sparkling dust on him — playing off the concept of “when pigs fly.” I’m a firm believer that you can make your own pigs fly.

Read the entire interview at https://www.papercitymag.com/arts/dallas-arts-artist-toni-martin-lorenzo-hotel-eye-spy/

 

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On "Artist You Oughta Know," we introduce you to artists that you...well, oughta know. Be it for their distinctive style or their sheer talent, these are artists from all over the country who deserve your time, attention and support. Today's artist is the uber-talented designer, painter and fine artist Toni Martin from Dallas.

 

Toni Martin is a master manipulator. Give her a medium, and she will finesse it to its limits, creating a novel work unlike anything you're likely to see anytime soon.

 

Some of Toni Martin's work may seem random, but trust her: Every single piece can be traced back to a feeling or a dream. Maryland-born and Texas-based, Toni's work has been featured in nearly 30 exhibitions all across the country.

 

When we connected with her for this story, Toni was contemplative. She has been in quarantine for months, but she was still keeping busy. Her recent projects include an installation at the Lorenzo Hotel, a painting for the Southwest Transplant Alliance office, and a myriad of other works in progress. Despite that impressive roster of recent clients, and a track record of wickedly cool multimedia pieces, Toni is eternally modest about her distinctive style. She says it might be the color patterns or texture that make her work unique, or it might be the installation design. We think it's both: Each piece is different, yet somehow you can tell it came from the same talented mind.

 

The pandemic "hasn't really changed much" for her from a productivity perspective, but, naturally, it's led to a lot more alone time. In some ways, what she calls a "lack in connection" has been oddly helpful for her craft. "[The time alone] has made me internalize a lot more, allowing my work to blossom in ways that may never have clicked without a lack in connection," she says.

 

The pandemic has also given Toni the time to consider her craft and how it's evolved. Her reflections have led to a deeper understanding of art, its power and herself.

 

"[I've learned] that art isn't something I chose," she says. "It chose me as a form of survival."

 

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Toni's art was just featured on the cover of Dallas Style & Design's Summer 2020 edition.  Toni often works with the J Douglas showroom, and their design for this Preston Hollow home is extinsively covered in the magazine. 

"The art above the fireplace is by local artist Toni Martin. It was one of the first pieces of art that the client bought for the home, and the room was designed around it"

You can read the whole feature here. 

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Over the past few weeks, every day seems to bring more murals popping up across Dallas. Each has its own origin story, whether plastered on plywood or at the graffiti art park Fabrication Yard. Some artists have made their messages impossible to ignore. Others want you to interpret their work yourself. Collectively, they tell the tale of Dallas’ resilience, propped up by pillars of community support. 

When businesses throughout Dallas began covering their broken windows after a night of protests turned violent on May 30, mural painter Isaac “IZK” Davies envisioned a way to connect the DFW art community with a sudden boom of blank canvases. “When everything was shut down and then the protests started happening, there was just like an extra layer of feeling the need to do art to activate some response,” Davies says. 

On June 1Davies created a Facebook group dubbed the Dallas Army of Artists. He invited other community leaders to serve as administrators for the page, including real estate developer Tanya Ragan. She would act as a liaison between the artists and businesses who might be persuaded to offer up a blank wall.

I joined a group called "Dallas army of artists" which was developed to help those affected by riots in Dallas. The entire group was made of various artists in the Dallas area who dedicated their time and creative efforts to spread a message of hope, unity, and community through beautiful murals that cover damaged storefronts through the metroplex.

My design incorporated bright colors to uplift the air and atmosphere as people walked by. Just like a rainbow or flowers in my head bright colors evoke positivity. Abstract shapes and flowers represent growth in many different directions. The message of "Speak Out" was in 3D lettering because I feel it emphasized the need for justice. The smallest part of the mural is a handmade butterfly I glued to the letters, symbolizing change, a new chapter and rebirth, a bitter sweet tribute to those who lost their lives. From this we grow!

Stop the violence, rioting... LOVE WINS

- Toni

You can see Toni's mural at Elm and Record street in the West End of downtown Dallas, and read the D Magazine coverage here. Also check out the Dallas Army of Artists Facebook Group