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Artist: Joshua MartelHe/Him/His

Aritistic Discipline: Music, Visual

Artist Statement // Joshua Martel

Life is like a walk down a tunnel, but during this walk, you don’t always see a light at the end, do we sit, or do we move forth. My name is Joshua Martel, I’m an artist of many trades, but mural painting has become a favorite. As I walk through life, I fall, just to stand stronger, learning every step of the way, taking lemons and making lemonade. I’ve explored many avenues in art, and as the new decade begins, I’ve decided to focus on my own take of realism. Years ago I was fortunate to meet an inspiring woman, Faith47, whom became a mentor of mine, and has helped me excel as an artist, understanding the world with more depth and having a better understanding of how to truly be a professional artist. I’ve also had the pleasure of painting over 50 legal murals around the United States of America since I became an artist, 6 years ago.
I paint contemporary abstract and realism. I like to paint large animals and people depicting emotions, through their character. This is a strong way to capture peoples attention and has become my favorite way to tell a story to the public. I strive to stimulate and bring forth new thoughts within the communities I paint in, as well as showcasing their community to bring a sense of pride, joy, and momentum. Art is the universal language that all can understand to some shape or form. My goal as an artist is to use this language to help create positive change that this world deserves.