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Whether inspired by the sheer beauty of nature or urban surrounds, ArtsHub describes Martina's work as "vibrant and expressive", as she strives to use colour, design, rhythm and texture as the means of expression by seeking out the detail presented in the naturally occurring shapes, patterns and colours of the subject, thereby reducing it to its essence.
Using abstract expressionism as an attitude, whereby the true visual representation of an object is not her solitary consideration, Martina is more importantly concerned with her subconscious and uninhibited emotional response to the stimuli, thereby emphasising an artist's liberty to convey attitudes and emotions in all its ambiguity and contradiction through non-representational means. It is not about reading the narrative but rather reacting to it. Martina seeks to capture a moment in time, a place or an ambience that holds significance to her and in turn evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
Working in a variety of media, the canvas is a record of Martina's experience with the medium and colour as she employs bold, rich colours, gestural brushstrokes and spontaneous marks to create an emotional tableaux in an abstract expressionist manner.
Through her drawing, she tries to capture the underlying structure, inherent shape, rhythm, texture and feel of the subject while retaining an element of freedom in the lines. Her perception of space or negative space and form, in turn inspires a semi abstract composition.
Having been a finalist in numerous art awards and exhibited in solo and group shows, Martina's work is held by corporate and private collectors both nationally and internationally.
Martina is a Sydney based multidisciplinary contemporary abstract expressionist artist who has been involved in the visual arts her entire life.
Along with a formal background in Fine Arts, Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Aesthetics from The University of Sydney, followed by post-graduate studies for her Masters, Martina went on to study Gallery Management and attended The Centre for the History of the Decorative Arts before accepting an invitation from Sotheby’s in London and finally, managing and touring with major ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions.
2018 Creative Mirror, New Orleans, USA
2018 Art For Epilepsy Auction, Australia
2017/18 All The Best Group Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2017 Creative Mirror, Sydney
2017 Glenaeon Art Show, Sydney
2017 Northbridge Art Prize, Finalist, Sydney
2017 Northern Beaches Art Prize, Finalist, Sydney
2017 Equilibre & Chaos, Art Gallery on Darling, Sydney
2017 Solo Exhibition, Martha's, Castlecrag, Sydney
2017 Finalist, Northern Beaches Art Prize, Sydney
2017 Abstraction Group Show, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2017 Art for Epilepsy Auction, Australia
2017 Artists of Mosman: 2088, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2016/17 All The Best Group Show, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2016 Glenaeon Art Show, Sydney
2016 Gallery 307, Group Show, Sydney
2016 Northbridge Art Prize, Finalist, Sydney
2016 Warringah Art Prize, Finalist, Sydney
2016 Abstraction Group Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2016 Contemporary Paintings, Soho Galleries, Chifley Foyers, Sydney
2016 Formworks Group Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2016 Art Walk East Sydney, Abstract Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2016 Celebrating 21 Years, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2016 Abstract Group Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2016 Artists of Mosman: 2088, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2015-2016 All The Best Group Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2015 Glenaeon Art Show, Sydney
2015 Warringah Art Prize, Finalist, Sydney
2015 The 20th Real Refuse, Tap Gallery, Sydney
2015 Abstract Group Exhibition, Soho Galleries, Sydney
2014 Solo Exhibition, Postcards, Danks Street, Sydney
2009 Artist's of Mosman: 2088, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2008 Artist's of Mosman: 2088, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
2017/2018 Art Edit Magazine (Spring Issue Dec/Jan/Feb/March)
2017 Art Edit Magazine (Winter Issue Aug/Sept/Oct/Nov)
2017 Art Edit Magazine (Autumn Issue April/May/June/July)
2016/17 Art Edit Magazine (Summer Issue Dec/Jan/Feb/March)
2014 ArtsHub (October)