Mina Koury Martin

"Spirit of Summer"  12 x 16 Gelatin Monoprint, Acrylic on Canson

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

"Under Cover"  Oils, 16 x 20 stretched archival cotton canvas.

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

Oil & Acrylic Paintings by artist Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

"Le Jardin et L'Oiseau"  11 x 14  Gelatin Monoprint

Acrylic with Pastel,  on Archival Canson Watermedia Paper

ARTIST STATEMENT


My works are the embodiment of my desire to convey pure emotion, peace, and personal delight in our world. 

After having painted in traditional styles for years, in seeking a retreat from image overload from viewing many thousands of cliché artworks, I developed my own unique style of painting.  Naming it “Conceptual Nominalism”©, I found it to be a clear departure from known "schools" of painting.  My current work is focused on portraying the intangible: feelings, concepts, and universals that have no independent existence.  In that light, I developed several hundred collaborative works birthed from spontaneous interaction with computers; which I am now translating to the tangible on canvas, using traditional mediums and brushwork.

Color, light, form, scale, and texture are abundant and diverse in our surroundings.  I’m particularly enchanted by the subtleties and power of light and movement, and venture to instill this in my pieces.  

Those who inspired me to adventure into the unexplored and take risks include artists Frankenthaler, Mondrian, Van Doesburg, Rothko, Calder, Van Gogh and Gaugin.  I also admit a fondness for the Masters - especially the Impressionists - but I am strongly focusing my energies on the production of fresh, timeless work suitable for future spaces.

Each piece is an outpouring of self that consumes part of me, yet when created gives something greater back to fill the void.  Within this process, I become lost in the nuances of each work, its intrinsic individuality, and uniqueness.

I’ve been known as an Artist from the age of two, earning that reputation through exploration in many forms of creative expression.  I’ve done Landscapes and Florals in Oils and Acrylics, whimsical Mobiles, Drawings, Fiber Arts, Sewing, and numerous Handcrafts such as Eggery.  I also love to do my own Photography and photo manipulation. 

In the 70’s I worked as a Textile Silkscreen Artist; did my duty as Art teacher in the 80’s; partnered with local theaters and an Arts Council in the 90’s; and I've also worked as a Graphic Artist and website manager. 


I’ve been involved with many community endeavors, giving as generously of time and talents as I could, showing, sharing and creating, to further the Arts whenever possible.  Finally, though, I submitted to the strong desire to navigate the path as a Creative on my own, following my personal North Star, and I have been sequestered in my studio "building a body of work".

I’m intent on actively exploring the seemingly limitless boundaries to visual interpretation.  I spent time under the stern and watchful eye of internationally recognized British Oil painter Cyril Gardener, founding father of the Media School of Art; and I've taken many self-guided classes since acquiring my Associates in Arts.  So you see, I am really an emerging, Indie, outsider kind of artist who does her own thing.


I’m also a Writer and Inventor - it’s like raising triplets within me who are quite different; yet speak the same intimate language and spend all of their time with one another.

When not actively involved in a creative venture, I’m fond of traveling to observe Art in its many forms.  To refresh vision and attitude I spend time with Family and Friends.  Uplifting the individual and humanity with work that is calming, whimsical, or gently thought provoking is my soul’s intent.  I’m touched by and appreciative of those who allow my work to come through their eyes to speak to their heart and mind.

                  Best Regards,

                              Min


                                
    

    

Work in Progress.   Acrylic on gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

"In My Mind I'm Goin' To Carolina"  12 x 15  Gelatin Monoprint,
Acrylic on 140lb. Canson Watermedia paper

Digital Self-Portrait,  8 x 10  Canson Archival Paper.



"Spin 38"  8 x 10 Acrylic on Cardboard

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin

Above is another of my Digital paintings, "Network" translated with hand-painting in acrylics to Gallery wrapped, stretched, archival cotton canvas.  Great in bedroom, living room, dining room, office, kitchen.

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin
Norfolk Lane Studios

You can visit and Follow me on Facebook!      my page is:  Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

16 x 20  Oils  on  stretched archival cotton canvas.

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

Digital Self-Portrait,  8 x 10  Canson Archival Paper.



Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

"Carolina Beach Abstract"  12 x 18  Gelatin Monoprint, Acrylic on Archival Canson Watermedia paper

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin

"Convergence" 30 x 40 Acrylic on museum wrap archival canvas.


Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

"Wilmington Beach" 18 x 24 Oils,  archival stretched cotton canvas

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

Gelatin Monoprint "Summertime Abstract"  12 x 15 Acrylic on Canson


Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

This digital painting was printed as a Giclee' and used as an underpainting for a 20 x 40  Acrylic painting on museum wrapped archival canvas called "Anxiety".

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Concepts and Paintings Copyright Mina Koury Martin.  All rights reserved.  No reproduction in whole or in part without written permission of the artist.

Above is another of my Digital paintings, translated with hand-painting in acrylics to Gallery wrapped, stretched, archival cotton canvas. Looks great in bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen or even a stairwell.

"Elation", digital work translated to archival canvas

Mina Koury Martin
Norfolk Lane Studios

"Space Lily", digital work translated to canvas or archival paper, as desired.

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

At right:

"Nod to Piet's De Stijl"

16 x 20 x 3/4

Acrylic on Museum wrapped archival canvas. This painting can be hung in any direction. It was a challenge to paint.

     "Conflicted"  24 x 30   Acrylics Gallery wrapped stretched canvas.

Mina Koury Martin
Norfolk Lane Studios

Above is one of my Digital paintings, "Origami", translated with hand-painting in acrylics to Gallery wrapped, stretched, archival cotton canvas. This gives an idea of how looks in a Contemporary bedroom.

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin - Norfolk Lane Studios

Like many artists, I am still deciding if I want to stick to working in just one medium or continue to work in several of them, as I have been doing through the years.  Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Mina Koury Martin
Norfolk Lane Studios


Two canvas Diptych, 18 x 24  and 18 x 24,  Oils  on  Gessoed Board. 

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios

Mina Koury Martin

Mina Koury Martin   Norfolk Lane Studios