Artist Profile: Alex Baker on Julian Martin

Julian Martin’s pastel works make a unique visual statement. Methodical in his approach, Martin’s vivid layering evokes a strong bodily response through representations of objects, people and scenes that delicately balance the abstract and the figurative.  In this video Alex Baker, Director of Fleisher/Ollman in Philadelphia, talks through Martin’s idiosyncratic approach to pastels, as well as discussing Martin’s aesthetic and career achievements and outlining Martin’s important place in contemporary art. Julian Martin has worked from the Arts Project Australia studio since 1988 and has held multiple solo shows at Arts Project Australia (2001, 2003, and 2014) as well as at Australian Galleries, Manningham Gallery, and No Vacancy Gallery. He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including The Armory Show and Outsider Art Fair (Fleisher/Ollman Booth, New York); Spring 1883, Sydney; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

His work is in numerous collections including City of Melbourne, Monash University Museum of Art and National Gallery of Victoria (as gifted by Stuart Purves). He is represented by Fleisher/Ollman in the US, and Arts Project in Australia.

This video has been made possible by the generous support of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation and Siân Darling.