Art Exhibit: Ideal & Martinelli

Saturday , March 18th, 2023

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM


The Wright Contemporary Gallery

“Ideal & Martinelli”
March 4 – April 9, 2023
Phillis Ideal and Tom Martinelli

The Wright Contemporary is pleased to present a mini-survey of the works of two dedicated abstract artists from Santa Fe, NM.

Tom Martinelli originally hails from New York, where he studied at Hunter College with Ron Gorchov and Sandy Wurmfeld, and was soon showing with the prestigious dealer, Julian Pretto. He moved to the Santa Fe area in 2006, where he worked with the late Nancy Holt, a founding mother of the Earthworks movement.

Phillis Ideal grew up in Roswell, NM, and earned her degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, but gravitated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she and her husband became involved with the political ideologies of the 1960s and ‘70s. After about five years on the West Coast, Ideal was sufficiently accomplished to land a one-person show at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. She moved to New York in 1982, where she still maintains a studio, and a few years later to Santa Fe in 1998, where she built her present studio and home.

If you would like to learn more about the artists, you can check out Ann Landi’s profiles on Vasari21 here and here.

*Work pictured: Phillis Ideal, Blue Line Constraint.