Current Exhibit

John Martinek – List of Works
1. 222 East Washington – Archival print from the original acrylic painting – 2018. —$350 + tax
2. Rear Avenue – Archival print from the original acrylic painting – 2018. —$350 + tax
3. Iowa City Skyline – Original Linoleum Block Print – 2019. —$350 + tax
4. Cinema – Archival print from the original watercolor drawing – 2017. —$350 + tax
5. Hamburg – Original Monotype – 2018. —$600 + tax
6. 231 East Burlington – Archival print from the original watercolor drawing – 2017. —$350 +tax

In these observational drawings, paintings, and prints Iowa City is the point of contact. It’s a place with a rich architectural record that is constantly shifting and changing. The investigation of the cityscape is important to me as a visual meditation. The goal is to become undistracted and to see things clearly and carefully. Each image captures these places at a particular moment in time.

When wandering and drawing in a more natural landscape one is keenly aware of the exchange between life and decay, between growth and erosion. In the city, this phenomenon is constantly at play but the pace is less evident. As soon as a building is completed nature immediately starts to disassemble it. I am attracted to the areas of the city where cracks and fissures are starting to emerge.

This story is about light, space, color and architectural form. All is temporary; all is flowing in a relentless river of changing matter. Shafts of light cut into forms, creating angular patterns on the wall and color among the shadows. Doors and windows open between outer and inner spaces. Pipes and wires carry water, energy, and life. Bricks, metal, concrete, and plaster connect with slices of blue and gray sky. In the city, space and form breathe in and out together in the exchange of everything.


John Martinek resides in Coralville, Iowa where he paints, draws, and makes prints in his studio. Apart from art making, his interests include cycling, carpentry, cooking, reading, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. During the weekdays he works for McDonough Structures in Iowa City as a project manager and cabinetmaker. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Iowa Children’s Museum and a regular contributor of editorial cartoons to Little Village Magazine. His partner Greta Songe teaches art at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, and his son Emmett is almost five years old.

John was born in Metairie, Louisiana in 1968, but grew up in Grinnell, Iowa before leaving to attend college. He received his BA in art from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois in 1990. In 1996 he received his MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the University of Iowa. From 1996 to 1999 he taught art at Uludag University in Bursa Turkey.

John is represented by Iowa Artisan’s Gallery in Iowa City. Please visit IAG to view and purchase original works and prints. To see more work online:, instagram: jnmartinek.
To inquire about a purchase please call or text: 319-631-0408.

The lobby space of FilmScene on The Ped Mall features rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of local photographers and other artists with a kinship to cinema.

For inquiries regarding our gallery space, our to submit work to be featured, contact our gallery curator.

Past Exhibits
  • Vero Rose Smith, Iceland
  • Dawn Frary, Grotto
  • Peter Feldstein
  • Nic Wynia, Pond Hockey
  • Barry Phipps, Iowa Photographs
  • Sandy Dyas
  • Scott Duncan, Touba