NotFair 2023
ALCHEMY

8 – 13 December 2023

333 Malvern Road, South Yarra VIC 3141

Biography

Jarrad Martyn

Jarrad Martyn’s practice uses painting and drawing to explore humanity’s relationship with the natural environment and how different historical events are framed. The principles of bricolage, ‘something constructed from a diverse range of things’, is used to collate academic research and its associated imagery to create a heavily collaged composition and ambiguous narrative, where the motifs shift between time periods and contexts. Martyn’s handling of paint is characterised by collapsing the distinctions between figuration and abstraction by making adjustments to the opacity, texture, and clarity of the paint to evoke a sense of the passing of time. Martyns’ work is in a number of public and private collections including the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, City of Perth, City of Joondalup, Shire of Mundaring, and St John of God Hospital Art Collection. Martyn has been selected as a finalist in numerous national art awards, most significantly winning the John Stringer Art Prize (2018), the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award Overall Acquisitive Award (2017), the Fifty Squared Art Prize (2021) at the Brunswick Street Gallery and the Mayors Award for the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art (2023).

Works

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Revolving Barrier 2023. Oil on canvas. 145 x 100 cm.

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