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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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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Raymond Arnold Highly Commended & Rodney Pople a Finalist in the 2024 Glover Prize

Image above: Raymond Arnold Congratulations to Raymond Arnold, who has been Highly Commended in the 2024 Glover Prize, and to …

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The 2024 Palmer Sculpture Biennial

Image above: Greg Johns  The Kiss (Buried Alive)  2022-23  Corten steel  140 x 486 x 18cm “Congratulations to Greg Johns …

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Gallery News – When one door closes, another one opens…

The three adjoining properties which comprise the Australian Galleries Sculpture Park in Porcupine Ridge are now on the market. The …

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Marina Strocchi – Featured in The Art of Healing magazine

Image above: Marina Strocchi  Dusk in the Hills  2023  acrylic on linen  60 x 93 cm Marina Strocchi’s insightful writing …

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2024

Image above: Greg Johns  Sit Down Fella (Contemplative)  2023  Corten steel and bronze  260 cm high To view a selection …

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Barbie Kjar – Winner of the 2024 Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing

Image above: Barbie Kjar and her winning work No Expectations  2024 Photograph by Louisa Chircop Congratulations to Barbie Kjar, Winner …

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David Frazer ‘All That You’ve Loved’ Exhibition at Trinity College

‘David Frazer is primarily a graphic artist, a printmaker, who in his work creates a little microcosm, or a convincing …

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Simon Normand – Exhibition Reviews and Interviews – The Age, ABC Radio & Nikkei Asia

Image above: Simon Normand  Map – Australia  2023  acrylic on canvas and mixed media  145 x 170 cm  Simon Normand’s …

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Michael Buzacott – SLOT Window Gallery 2024

Image above: Michael Buzacott  Olympia  2024  steel  199 x 130 x 69 cm   SLOT is an independent window gallery …

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