• In 2022, Linda Martinello completed a residency at the Château de La Napoule in the South of France. The château, tucked away along the rocky Mediterranean coast in the Côte d'Azur, inspired a study of the visual contrast between the striking red hue of the stony cliffside and the azure water. The artist immersed herself in a sensory exploration, taking daily walks along the coastline and hiking in hillside trails. Everywhere around her, the changing light and delicate dance between the rock, the sun, and the sea layered the landscape with optical movement and patterns.

  • Linda Martinello, Time and Terrain, 2023

    Linda Martinello

    Time and Terrain, 2023
    oil and graphite on drafting film
    50 x 80 in.
    $ 16,000.00
  • Martinello views her time in the South of France as a transformative experience. She reflects, “My encounters with nature, ranging from the rhythmic waves against cliffside to the dappled sunlight in hillside forests, served as continual inspiration for my site documentation and research.” 
  • Linda Martinello, San Peyre Through the Undergrowth, 2023

    Linda Martinello

    San Peyre Through the Undergrowth, 2023
    oil and graphite on drafting film
    48 x 36 in.
    $ 8,000.00
  • Martinello went for daily morning hikes along the coastline and into hillside trails. This was the time of day when the natural colours of the landscape were most intense. The changing light and delicate balance between the rocks, sun and sea, layered the landscape with optical movement and patterns. 
  • Linda Martinello, Cassis Stone Massif, 2023

    Linda Martinello

    Cassis Stone Massif, 2023
    oil and graphite on drafting film
    40 x 80 in.
    $ 14,000.00
  • Martinello describes the process of bringing these sensory experiences into the studio as a ritual of translation, through which the play of light, the vibrant colours, and the textural nuances observed during her walks found expression in the paintings.

  • Linda Martinello, Phoenicians Footpath, 2023

    Linda Martinello

    Phoenicians Footpath, 2023
    oil and graphite on drafting film
    90 x 60 in.
    $ 18,000.00
  • “Each brushstroke became a deliberate attempt to capture the essence of those moments, creating a visual language that resonated with the energy of the natural world.”

     

    Linda Martinello

     
  • Linda Martinello, Mountains of the Estérel Massif, 2023

    Linda Martinello

    Mountains of the Estérel Massif, 2023
    oil and graphite on drafting film
    40 x 60 in.
    $ 10,000.00
  • ARTIST BIO Linda Martinello’s paintings translate the essence of place with sheared swaths of drafting film and vibrantly hued paint....
    ARTIST BIO
     
    Linda Martinello’s paintings translate the essence of place with sheared swaths of drafting film and vibrantly hued paint. Martinello’s practice is largely travel-based, often spending months in foreign places making observational drawings, notes and videos. She then revisits these gathered materials back at her studio to create studies that are followed by larger works that weave together elements of painting, drawing and collage. While her expressive drawing loosely follows the curves of architectural and geographical details, her use of vivid colour evokes the feeling and qualities of light. The resulting works convey a visual language that resonates with the energy of the natural world.
     
    Linda Martinello was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1980. She is currently based in Caledon, Ontario and teaches at the Ontario College of Art + Design. Martinello completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo and received an Honors BA from the University of Toronto. Her work is included in many prominent private, public and corporate collections including BMO Financial Group, TD Bank and Telus. She is the recipient of several awards and research grants including SSHRC Graduate Research Scholarship and University of Waterloo President’s Graduate Scholarship. In 2019, she completed a major commission for Cadillac Fairview for a lobby in downtown Toronto.