I have a hand-drawing personal style that I love, but also use photorealistic collage style for some surreal work. In addition, I continue to enjoy explorations in every direction.
My surreal visionary style is conceived in the bowels of endless empty space. Worlds come out of nowhere to define and fill empty space with form and reflected light. I use posed photographs with specific viewpoints that join seamlessly with other images to develop a hallucinogenic, some say gut-wrenching realistic space where mind-bending visions rule.
My personal drawing style is in its simplest essence the line the drawn line and what it represented as the delineation of a form, a space, almost the way a topographical line feels out the form of a hill, or the way a blind man feels out the tender forms of his or her lover.
That line is also the signature of the vibration of life and lifes emotions, twisted by the influence of others, fighting for a day in the sun, learning the way of calm, the mastery of the surf of life and the swell of love and anger. Brownian motion, cosmic ray decay, elemental particles, the paths of chaos, entropy, and rejuvenation, it has all come down to the line.
Somewhere the two basic styles of real-world conceptual surrealism and personal drawing style meet. That meeting has generated a third style where surrealistic vision is shaped by a personal drawing energy.
November 2017 - Included in Fusion Arts 3rd Annual Colorful Abstractions Online Juried Art Exhibition. The painting Dr. Wolf and the Black Cat was honored.
October 2017 - Included in Fusion Arts 3rd Annual Figures Faces Online Juried Art Exhibition. The drawing Richard the Lion Heart was chosen.
September 2017 - Earned a Certificate of Excellence for work submitted to Artavitas 24th Online Art Contest.
August 2017 - Three of Dave Martsolfs surreal oil paintings have been selected to be included in the Dreams 3 online exhibition at Gallery 25Ns website opening on August 9th. Gallery25N.com and Art-Competition.net will co-market the artists and art exhibition through an electronic mailing list of 26,100 subscribers of Art Market News and through all popular social media vehicles.
Galatea Fine Art - New England Collective III - Boston, MA - Aug 2012
LAP Gallery - Zines Group Show - Waltham, MA - May, 2012
Galatea Fine Art - Solo Show - Boston, MA January 2012
Artmarket Gallery Exhibitions - Juried Show - Boston, MA, June 2009
Experimental Art Gallery - Juried Show - Salem, MA, June 2009
Trees Atlanta - Trees in Art Exhibit - Atlanta, GA, May 2009
Group Show - Gale Library Annual Art Exhibition - Newton, NH, April 2009
Projekt30.com on-line juried exhibition, March 2009
Projekt30.com on-line juried exhibition, December 2008
National Juried Shows
Ellsworth Gallery, Simsbury, CT, 1977, 1978
Greater Fall River Art Association, Fall River, MA, 1978
Washington Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1978, 1980
North Platte Valley Artists Guild, Scottsbluff, NE, 1979
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 1982
Springfield Art League, Springfield, MA, 1983, 1984
Gallery 33, Concord, NH, 1977
First and Second Unitarian Universalist Church, Boston, MA, 1979
Ainsworth Gallery, Boston, MA, 1979
New Hampshire College, Manchester, NH, 1981, 1984
Galatea Fine Art, Boston, MA 2012
Honorable Mention, Washington Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1978
Jurors Prize, UNH Revisited Alumni Show, Durham, NH, 1981
Best of Show, New Hampshire Arthritis Foundation Annual Art Exhibit, Concord, NH, 1981, 1982
Sawyer Memorial Award for Painting, 38th Annual New Hampshire Art Association Exhibition, Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH, 1985
Numerous private, corporate, museum, gallery and government collections detailed information coming soon.