Image above: Martin King Strangerlands #1 2020 graphite on drafting film with watercolour on paper, gouache and metal foil 148 x 226 cm
Congratulations to Martin King who has been Highly Commended in the 2021 Dobell Drawing Prize #22 with his exquisite work in graphite, watercolour and metal foil, Strangerlands #1.
The Dobell Drawing Prize is a celebration of drawing and innovation in the medium. In 2019, after many successful years managed by the Art Gallery of NSW, the prize was reimagined under the stewardship of the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation (SWDAF) and the National Art School to build on the legacy of the prize and continue supporting and championing artists working within the expanding definition of ‘drawing’.
‘The Dobell Drawing Prize has many great attributes – it is very democratic in that any artist can enter and there are no restrictions to subject matter or medium….‘
– Paula Latos-Valier, Art Director, SWDAF
Martin King’s wide-ranging art practice is underpinned by an abiding interest in the Australian landscape, most visibly by making connections between land, sea and air. His more recent works express the fragility of our relationship with nature using creatures as simple motifs that convey a paradoxical vision of the Australian landscape as both tranquil and unsettling.
The exhibition is now open at the National Art School Sydney and will run until Saturday 22 May, 2021. Afterwards the exhibition will embark on a regional tour through January 2023. To view the full list of this years finalists and affiliated events, click here.