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1993—Martin Kotler working en plein air in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

About The Artist

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Martin Kotler (Newark, New Jersey, 1953).

My art is intensely personal and I believe a true expression of my artistic vision. Originally lured toward Washington’s fading industrial landscape and its unique architectural subjects since coming to D.C. in 1978. I have been creating cityscapes that echo many of the formal elements found in the great precisionist paintings of Charles Sheeler and Charles Demuth, yet attempt to retain a painterly style reminiscent of the “direct technique” evident in the paintings by George Bellows and Edwin Dickinson. My paintings seek to capture the light and forms of Washington’s 21 st century dynamic urban environment.


Counter to my streetscapes are the many premier coup paintings of varied subjects, whether capturing a winter scene of light and life unfolding along the Potomac River, the train tracks behind Union Station or a single pink rose in spring, painted en plein air.

I have studied, taught and traveled throughout my career. Received my BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976 and MFA from American University in 1980.

Noted Collections

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Fogg Museum, Harvard University

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • Baltimore Museum of Art

  • Headquarters United States Department of State, Washington, DC

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution

  • Katzen Center, American University

  • Maryland Institute College of Art

  • City Hall, Wilson Center, Washington, DC

  • Placement of works through the Art in Embassies Program, United States Department of State: Pakistan, Guatemala, Philippines, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Kosovo, Pristina.

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