The Westerner

Artistic career edges forward

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Source: Lee Oliver

Strathpine artist Martin Edge has just opened his latest solo exhibition.

Strathpine artist Martin Edge has just opened his latest solo exhibition.

If Australia’s political leaders are having a bad day in Canberra and need a pick-me-up, they should look for a painting called Welcome to Brisbane hanging in the walls of Parliament House.

The colourful artwork by Strathpine artist Martin Edge was recently acquired for the Federal Parliament House Art Collection, selling for just short of $1000.

The 27-year-old said he was thrilled to have one of his works added to “one of Australia’s top public collections”.

“It’s very exciting to be in such a major collection and I am relatively still a very young artist as well,” he said.

Artworks acquired for the Federal Parliament House Art Collection are put on display in ministerial offices, public spaces and government departments in the nation’s capital.

Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was eight, Martin has produced a private commission for popular Sydney artist Ken Done and has had works acquired by Moreton Bay Regional Council following its annual art awards.

Now Martin, who paints in a style dubbed ‘naïve art’, has just opened his fifth solo exhibition at the Robyn Bauer Gallery.

He said the Martin and the Animals exhibition is “a very colourful and happy show”.

“The style of my pictures is quite colourful and cheery and some of them are quite humours,” he said.

“There’s one that has a cyclist with a magpie about to swoop and that one’s called Not the Face, so there’s some quite comical ones.”

Martin said the exhibition would also showcase his growth as an artist.

“My work has definitely progressed and I think I’m evolving as a artist,” he said.

“Over time a good artists does progress, I think. I seem to improve every time I do a picture.

“Some of the new works are quite simple but there’s a lot of layers and there’s a lot of work in them.”

Martin and the Animals is on show at Robyn Bauer Gallery, 54 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington until 28 April.

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