Melbourne, 14 Nov 2023 — 2 Dec 2023

28 Derby Street [PO Box 1183], Collingwood 3066

Ledger of the Lost
- Martin King

Ledger of the Lost presents a new series of works by Martin King, which highlight the artist’s deft technical skills working across a range of media and techniques. Drawn from observation and modified by imagination, King’s intricate works convey poignant messages about mortality, death, beauty, and the fragility and destruction of nature, with sensitivity and depth.
‘The natural world has long formed a point of departure for Martin King’s art. Visual material from an array of different historical and contemporary sources is skilfully wrought together to create poignant meditations on environmental loss, and its looming implications for humanity. This discourse speaks to notions of interconnection – the fragile connections that bind ecosystems together and the catastrophic results when such vital connections break down, to which the human species is in no way immune.
Diaries, artists’ books, sketch books, notebooks, illuminated manuscripts, old novels – books in their many forms provide pivotal physical and symbolic material for these artworks. King’s works are sensitively drawn and meticulously observed. Yet alongside a sense of veracity to nature, each is composed to allow enough space between the layers for imagination to take flight. Heavy themes are executed with a poetic touch to form a beautiful lament for both the living and the lost.’– excerpts from catalogue essay ‘diary of lost souls’ by Marguerite Brown, MAArtCur, 2023
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Congratulations Martin King – Finalist in The Alice Prize

Martin King  ledger of the lost years ‘24 and ‘25′  N.D  graphite, watercolour and gouache on drafting film and paper  …

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Martin King – Documentary by Peter M Lamont

Martin King at his studio. Filmmaker Peter M Lamont has created a documentary focusing on the art practice of Martin …

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Martin King and Maryanne Coutts – Finalists in the 2023 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

Image above: Martin King  studies for diaries of lost souls  2023  graphite, watercolour, collage on drafting film on paper  100 …

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Holly Grace & Sarah Tomasetti – Finalists in the 2024 Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

Image above: Sarah Tomasetti From Balpatta X 2024 145 x 150 cm pigment oil and marble dust on fresco Congratulations to Holly …

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2024 Salon des Refusés at S.H. Ervin Gallery

Image above (left to right): Graeme Drendel Portrait of Rick  2024 oil on canvas 41 x 31 cm | Michelle Hiscock …

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Janet Luxton – Finalist in the Artists for Conservation International Exhibition

Image above:  Janet Luxton  Giant Australian Cuttlefish  2021  oil on canvas  120x160cm Congratulations to Janet Luxton who has had two …

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Wayne Eager – Interview in Studio National

Above image: Wayne Eager, Allegory I  2023 oil on linen 95 x 133 cm Wayne Eager was interviewed by Janet …

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Omina Art Prize Finalists – Kate Hudson, Martin King, Robin Stewart and Marina Strocchi

Image above: Marina Strocchi The vineyards of Madden’s Lane 2023 acrylic on linen 122 x 152 cm Congratulations to Kate …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Ravenswood Art Prize Finalist

Congratulations to Jennifer Keeler – Milne for being selected as a finalist in the Ravenswood Art Prize 2024 for her …

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Introducing the Sydney Stock Rooms

Australian Galleries is thrilled to introduce our most recent gallery space ~ the Sydney Stock Rooms. Located directly opposite our …

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Jimmy Rix interview for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2024

In a fascinating artist interview for Sculpture by the Sea,  Jimmy Rix shares insights into the themes which inspired his …

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Julian Twigg ‘Long Haul’ – short film and interview by Peter Lamont

Portrait of Julian Twigg by Peter Lamont Filmmaker Peter Lamont of Handmade Films has created a wonderful short film on …

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Dianne Fogwell – ‘Prescience’ Exhibition at Geelong Gallery

Image above: Dianne Fogwell  Prescience  2023  linocut and woodcut  4,500 x 145 cm  – installation at Geelong Gallery Congratulations to …

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