About My Work
I am an artist print maker. I fell in love with printmaking the moment I walked into the print studio at art school all those years ago.
Now in my own studio I specialize in etching and lino/block printing as well as using trace mono prints methods as a stepping stone from original sketches to final print.
The real subjects of my prints are the lines and marks I can create through carving lino and etching into pieces of copper. These are initially drawing and painting based marks but I may use other ways to create the lines and marks into the surface of my print blocks. The image I create is based on the charm of these marks not necessarily the subject which acts as inspiration.
Given this my images are inspired and based on nature. My vision is selective, I chose what is more important or interesting for the image. I read somewhere you are a real artist when you cheat for the sake of beauty. If you want the real world watch the news. So my prints are an adaption of things to my and the images needs and tastes. When I sketch from landscapes and look at it it is my world for that moment and that is what I hope to share with someone else.
I also want my work to be concerned with simplicity, harmony, joie de vivre and peacefulness. I would like my prints to have a soothing calming influence on the mind. Looking a my prints it is hopefully like walking in the countryside. You don’t necessarily need to know where you are or what birds or flowers they are but to just feel the poetry of nature.
I work small. This is partly due the physical space in my studio and size of equipment I use but also because I like the viewer to be close and intimate with the image. To be absorbed into it and personal with it.
My editions are small as well, usually not more than ten, and once printed the plate is destroyed unless I change the design to improve it or enhance the mood of the work in which case an second edition will be printed but clearly marked that it is a ‘second state’ of the first edition.
I very rarely if ever assign artist statements to my individual prints. I think galleries should put away artist statements. Art guides best when shrouded in some mystery. My prints and drawings are made to be looked at. They do the talking.
Please contact me to discuss any opportunities to exhibit my work in your gallery, print competitions and/or group exhibitions.
In addition to my regular on-line exhibitions I have exhibited in the following:
One man exhibition of etchings, Fullham Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Surf – Group exhibition, Noarlunga Arts Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
Twice exhibited in Red House group exhibitions, Gallery M, Adelaide, South Australia.
Relative Veiwpoints – Joint exhibition with my son Pirie Martin at Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia.
2015 Bookplate Design Award exhibition, Melbourne, Victoria.
Silk Cut Print Award finalist, Melbourne, Victoria.
Relative Veiwpoints – Joint exhibition with my son Pirie Martin at Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, Port Pirie, South Australia.
Laura Art Exhibition – annual group exhibition, Laura, South Australia.
Drawn In – Red House group exhibition, Gallery M, Adelaide, South Australia.
Surf – Group exhibition at Noarlunga Arts Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
It’s a Small World – Group exhibition, Magpie Springs Winery Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
Ink Master's 3rd Print Exhibition, Cairns, Queensland.
Journey – Red House group exhibition, Gallery M, Adelaide, South Australia.
As the Crow Flies – Solo exhibition, Prospect Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia.
Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize finalist, 4-27 August, Gallery M, Adelaide, South Australia.
2017 Balco Balaklava Art Prize – Balaklava Courthouse Gallery, Balaklava, South Australia.
The Coast – Noarlunga Arts Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.
Twenty – Group Exhibition, 10 September-17 November 2017, Coorong District Council Gallery, Tailem Bend, Adelaide. South Australia.
Touch of Red – Group Exhibition, 28 September-22 October 2017, Gallery M. Adelaide, South Australia.
Seagate Miniprint Exhibition - Group Exhibition. January- February 2018. Ireland.
The Same but Different - Joint exhibition with two friends. June 2018, Gallery M. Adelaide, South Australia.
12 x 12 Exhibition - Group exhibition. Umbrella Studio, Cairns, Queensland.
Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize. Finalist. August 2018, Gallery M. Adelaide South Australia.
Kangaroo Valley Art Prize. Finalist. October 2018, Kangaroo valley, New South Wales.
Friday Coffee Group - Joint exhibition with three friends. June 2019, Gallery M,Adelaide South Australia
Twenty Five - Red House Group exhibition celebrating groups 25th birthday, Gallery M, October 2019.
Memberships and Affiliations
1987-2013: Member of Australian Cartoonist Association (2004-2006 State Vice President).
2014-2018: Member of Australian Print Council.
1995-present: Member of Red House Art Group.
Friday morning coffee group with local artists, cartoonists and illustrators.