7.16.2017

ANTHONY E. MARTINEZ - A MASTER CRAFTSMAN OF SPANISH COLONIAL FURNITURE





M A S T E R   O F   T H E   S O U T H W E S T

ANTHONY E. MARTINEZ   is  a Native New Mexican, growing up in the Española and Chimayo Valley, just to the north of Santa Fe. While other kids were playing with model airplanes and whatever a 7 or 8-year old did back then, Anthony was falling in love with the Spanish Colonial furniture that he experienced in in his grandfather's home.  And when he saw that these beautiful, hand-carved pieces were being brought to the dump and replaced with store-bought 'modern' furniture, it struck a cord that sent him on a lifelong journey to re-create these treasures - many museum pieces - and educate the world to their beauty and craftsmanship.




For twenty years he exhibited at SANTA  FE'S SPANISH MARKET, winning first place awards in multiple years. He was named Masters of the Southwest - Master Furniture Maker by Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, and when he looked for a  a gallery to showcase his work,  the prestigious GERALD PETERS GALLERY didn't hesitate to represent him.  

Now, after a nine-year hiatus - he was creating furniture for a private collector - Anthony's back at GERALD PETERS and his show -  that opened this weekend - is a visual tour de force.  The gallery placed all of his work in a beautiful room just off the main gallery. A large stone fireplace dominates one wall and his chests and trastero cabinets are paired with gorgeous paintings that resonate with the colors and textures of his luminous furniture. It's like stepping into a wonderfully-appointed living room. 







T H E   S T U D I O

Several weeks before the opening, I stopped by Anthony's studio to photograph his work in progress and get a feel for his art.  What I discovered were his diverse talents - his  before-making-furniture-life - that he shared with me. 




A MUSICIAN... 
The guitar and music filling the studio was a give away...



He did a stint in Hollywood...




He does photography and paints...




Turning a photograph into a sketch and then into a painting
or a carving...


Let's see..he was a machinist/designer... 


This delicate silver medallion with a black onyx in the center was hand cut/hand stamped and then applied to a magnificent New Mexico walnut desk.



And he collects ornate antique locks for his furniture...


A photographer's dream...fabulous 'stuff' everywhere...







He makes these charming children's chairs for friends and family..








T H E   W O R K

The 'STAR' of the studio visit was a beautiful chest (caja) he was working on for the GERALD PETERS GALLERY show.   



 

Always the perfectionist...he wasn't happy with the finish and took it down to its raw wood and began again...

"The finish of each piece must be perfect; If I'm not happy with it, I
can't expect my client to be."



 Then begins the many, many layers of color and aging and finishing...



The sun helps in the process...


P E R F E C T I O N !


ANTHONY E. MARTINEZ


JULY 14 - AUGUST 19, 2017

1005 Paseo de Peralta

Santa Fe, NM 87501

505-954-5719



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TELL THEM CHASING SENT YOU!

2 comments:

  1. Cynthia this is probably the most impressive artist you featured!! he is incredible! such talent... how in the heck did you find him?? Everything he Masters, he's a genius at!!! Everything is so phenomenally beautiful! Does he show at Spanish Market or is Peters Gallery the only place you can Witnesses variety of works?

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  2. This year you can only see his work at Gerald Peters Gallery...yes, he's pretty special...

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