Characterised by rich velvety surfaces and intriguing abstraction, Julian Martin’s pastel works make a unique visual statement. Martin is highly methodical in his approach, carefully choosing his photographic or still-life references, which have seen Martin develop a distinctive artistic style that has met wide critical acclaim. Julian Martin (born 1969) has been a regular studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 1988, with multiple shows at Arts Project (2001, 2003, and 2014) and other galleries including Australian Galleries, Manningham Gallery, and No Vacancy Gallery (all Melbourne). He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including at ‘The Armory Show’ and ‘Outsider Art Fair’, New York, USA; ‘National Works on Paper’, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; and ‘Rick Amor Drawing Prize’, Art Gallery of Ballarat. In 1994 Martin was a finalist in the Moët & Chandon Travelling Fellowship and in 2014 won First Prize in ‘Connected’. His work is in numerous collections including City of Melbourne and Monash University Museum of Art.