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Marietta Patricia Leis Paintings
Deep Listening. There is an ancient Eastern tradition of poetry as an idea of minimal surface texture, with it’s complexities hidden at the bottom of the pool, under the bank, a dark old lurking, no fancy flavor. There is a complexity deep within that context for the reader to ferret out. One must allow to be absorbed by the work not straining to fathom it. This is best done with silent contemplation. Zen says, “the ideas of the poet should be noble and simple.” So it is that my paintings are noticeably influenced by these concepts. Beyond I am happily entrenched in the formal properties of the painting process—color, edge, space, form and composition. Paint and painting delight me. The colors shine in magical ways transfusing the paper and each other. I layer them on until I capture just the right note, or rather the music between the notes. My lush surfaces try to capture the elegance of these special places and hold the viewer long enough where he/she will probe further.My abstract color fields run the risk of invisibility to the viewer but the direction they point to is my passion. I am first most a communicator. Like poetry, deep listening is fundalmental to the satisfaction of the viewer. Marietta Patricia Leis
MFA: University of New Mexico, USA
2006 Visiting Artist, Spring Island Trust, SC
2005 Artist in Residence, Cawdor Estates, Cawdor, Scotland
2004 Violette Jacobs Abstract Painting Award, Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA.
Artist Residency, Fundación Valparaíso, Mojacar, Spain
2002 Pritchard’s Island Artist Retreat Program, SC.
2001 Artist in Residence Program, Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR. (Crater Lake National Park, OR)
2000 Artist in Residency, Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, CT.
1999 Lead Artist, Mayor’s Summer Art Institute, Albuquerque, NM.
1998 Connemara Conservancy Foundation (Dallas) Artist Grant and Residency.
1994-1996 E. D. Foundation (New Jersey) Artist Grant.
1989 Artist Space, NYC, Artist Grant Recipient.
Fourth Annual Faber Birren Color Award Show, Stanford Art Association, Stanford, CT.
1985 Honorary Distinction Award, International Art Biennial, Museum Hosio, Capranica-Viterbo, Italy.
Metropolitan Opera Guild, Inc., Art-in-Opera Merit Award, NYC.
Selected Commissions/collections:
Albuquerque Art Museum, NM.
Arts Council of Beaufort County, SC.
Brain Institute, Domenici Bldg, UNM Health Sciences Services, Albuquerque, NM.
Cawdor Estate, Cawdor, Scotland
Compass Computer Service, Dallas, TX.
Corrales Senior Center, Corrales, NM.
Daytona Hilton, Daytona Beach, FL.
First Interstate Bank, Albuquerque, NM.
Fort Smith Convention Center, AK.

* Exhibition Award

Selected Public Collections (continued)

Fundación Valparaíso, Mojacar, Spain.
Harwood Museum, Taos, NM.
Holtze Hotel, Denver, CO.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center, Peekskill, NY.
Innovation Chemicals, Charlottesville, VA.
Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., Albuquerque, NM.
Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC.
New Mexico State Library, Records, Archives, Santa Fe. 1% for Art bas relief mural commission.
Ross Laboratories, Columbus, OH.
St. Mary’s Home, Manitowoc, WI.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Hot Springs, AR.
Spring Island Trust, SC.
State Capitol Building, Santa Fe, NM.
Sunrise Development Corp., Palm Springs, CA.
The Resort at Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV. 2 commissioned paintings.
University Art Gallery, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM.
University of New Mexico, Division of Continuing Education Conference Center, Albuquerque, NM.
Selected Publications
Single Exhibitions:
2006 “ATMOSPHERES: inspiration from the highlands,” Gallery in-the Field, Brandon, VT. (Artist Talk)
2001 “Marietta Robusti Tintoretto Story,” West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ.
2000 “Marietta Robusti Tintoretto Story,” Charleston Heights Arts Center, Las Vegas, NV. (Lecture))
1999 “Marietta Patricia Leis: 2 series of Italianate paintings,” Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO. (Lecture)
“The Marietta Robusti Tintoretto Story,” Gallery 114, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO.
1997 “Architecture and Botany,” River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN. (Lecture)
“Palinsesto,” Glenn Rose Theatre, Albuquerque, NM.
“The Marietta Robusti Tintoretto Story,” North Dakota tour: James Memorial Preservation Society; Williston; Bismarck Art & Galleries Assoc.; Mind’s Eye Gallery, Dickinson * State Univ., Dickinson; Jamestown Arts Center; Minot Art Gallery, ND State Fair Ground; Cando Art Center, Cando.
1996 “Excerpts from The Marietta Robusti Tintoretto Story,” Jonson Gallery, University of
New Mexico, Albuquerque. (Gallery Talk; Brochure, essay by Lucy Lippard)
1994 “Illuminations,” The Casements, City Cultural and Civic Center, Ormond Beach, FL.
1993 “Textures of Italy,” Univ. of New Mexico Continuing Education Conference Center, Abq, NM.
1991 “Marietta Patricia Leis: The Pentimento Series,” Pacific International Art Gallery, Palo Alto, CA.
1990 “Marietta Patricia Leis: Columns,” St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM. (Gallery Talk)
1988 “In Between Architectonic Artworks,” (Part I) School of Architecture and Planning,
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. (Gallery Talk, Catalog)
“In Between Architectonic Artworks,” (Part II) Dartmouth Street Gallery, Albuquerque, NM. (Catalog)
“Art Windows on Route 66; Celebration of the Arts,” Albuquerque, NM.
1984 “Patricia Leis,” Koehnline Art Gallery, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL. (Artist Talk)
1983 “My Ladies,” Philip Bareiss Fine Arts, Taos, NM.
Group Exhibitions:
2006 “Collect: Inside 8,” Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM.
“Biennial Southwest,” The Albuquerque Museum, NM. Curator, Neil Benezra, Director.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. (Catalog)
“Gateway to Imagination,” Farmington Museum, NM.
“National Biennial,” Chattahochee Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, GA. (Catalog)
“New Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection,” NM State University, Las Cruces, NM.
“Nuturing the Edge,” Cue Art Foundation, Chelsea, NYC.
“Intimations,” Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM. (2 person, Artist Talk)
“Lost and Found,” Patina Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
“Strange Weeds,” TVM Gallery, Tesuque, NM.
2005 “Blanche Ames Exhibition,” The Ames Mansion at Borderland, North Easton, MA. “Visceral Images,” (with Betty Hahn) NM State University Art Gallery, Las Cruces. (Artist Talk) “Small Works,” Attleboro Museum, MA.
“Messing Around and Around,” Spike Gallery, Chelsea, New York City, NY.
“Expressions West,” Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR.
“New Acquisitions,” Albuquerque Art Museum, NM.
“Group Show,” Gallery in-the-Field,” Brandon, VT.
2004 “30th Anniversary Permanent Collection Exhibition,” NM State Univ. Art Gallery, Las Cruces. “Messing Around,” NutureArt Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
* “35th National Exhibition,” Palm Springs Desert Museum, CA.
“National Art Exhibition,” Red River Valley Museum, Vernon, TX
“The Terrain,” The Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art, NM.
2003 “All That Glitters,” Islip Art Museum, East Islip, Long Island, NY. (Catalog)
“Contemporary Art 2003,” Fuller Art Center, Los Alamos, NM.
2002 “New Acquisitions,” The Harwood Museum, Taos, NM.
“Crater Lake Centennial Exhibition,” Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR.
“Rocky Mountain Biennial,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Fort Collins, CO.
2001 “Weathered Botanicals,” Coleman Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM. (2 person)
“Artists; Group Exhibit,” Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, Inc., Santa Fe, NM.
Artist's Statement:
Spare paintings sensuousness and formal order nonobjective, reductive mirroring, translucent intense blueness, saturation vast, unfathomable hydration quiet, pure, infinite, placid whisper lush lapping edges ooze, melted giness slices pulsating impacted edges more beyond—continuum oil paint—many layers, skins nuances descending deeply into the soul, the corepeaceful, serene repose empty space—possibilities stillnesse. Emerson Cagethe fluid nature of our lives inhaling, exhaling between musical notes pausing now.
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