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Tom Martinelli, SEASCAPES

July 2 - 31, 2016

Born and raised in Providence, RI, Tom Martinelli has been living in Newport for the past sixteen years.

A housepainter by trade, his love of color and texture led him naturally to experiment with painting and sculpture.  Without any formal training, this self taught artist used his instinctive and intuitive eye to develop his technique and explore new approaches.

With his love of nature and the outdoors, Sachuest Point, The Norman Bird Sanctuary and Block Island became the inspiration for many of his pieces.

His work can be seen by appointment in his Newport studio.                                    


After dabbling in photography (I had a dark room) and painting and drawing, I came to ceramic sculpture because my partner, Will Heacock, had become a fabulous potter. All the necessary components were right at hand—the clay, glazes and not one, but 5 kilns! I took classes for many years in Warren with Allison Newsome. Eventually Allison gave up teaching and I moved across the street into an old mill building in space I rented from Ellen Blomgren and share with Judi Israel.

I go to the studio in Warren every day and make stuff. My last show was of good-sized bowls decorated with different reliefs: dogs, skyscrapers, elephants.  When Tom Martinelli asked me if I would like to do a show with him at the DeBlois I thought it would be fun to do a herd of elephants—a show of just elephants. So this show is just elephants.

Exhibits and Awards
2011 DeBlois Gallery, Newport RI
2005 Honorable Mention Painting, Newport Art Museum Annual Members Juried Show
Contact & Studio                                          
Tom Martinelli  
 27 Hall Ave.
Newport, RI 02840

March - December Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 1 - 5 pm
134 Aquidneck Avenue
Middletown, RI 02842