Characterised by their rich surfaces, Julian Martin’s pastel works make a unique visual statement. Methodical in his approach, he carefully works from photographs and arranged still life, deconstructing these references to create highly considered compositions. With his pastels evoking a strong bodily resonance, his work is a continuous reinterpretation of, and response to, form.
Martin has been a regular studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 1988 and has held multiple solo shows at Arts Project Australia (in 2001, 2003, and 2014) as well as Australian Galleries (1995), Manningham Gallery (2009) and No Vacancy Gallery (2015). He has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including The Armory Show and Outsider Art Fair (Fleisher/Ollman Booth, New York), Spring 1883, Museum of New and Old Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and National Gallery of Victoria. In 1994 Martin was a finalist in the Moët & Chandon Travelling Fellowship and in 2014 won First Prize in ‘Connected’. His work is in numerous collections including City of Melbourne, Monash University Museum of Art and National Gallery of Victoria (as gifted by Stuart Purves). Julian Martin is currently represented by Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia and Arts Project Australia, Melbourne.