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Jarrad Martyn

artist bio.

Jarrad Martyn (1991) is an Australian artist based between Perth and Melbourne. In 2013 he completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Fine Arts) at Curtin University in
Bentley, Western Australia. His practice explores humanity’s relationship with the
natural environment and how different historical events are framed.


Through painting and drawing Martyn employs the principle of bricolage (something constructed from a diverse range of things) to collate academic research and its associated imagery to create an alternate conversation. Heavily relying on shifts between expected context and associated time periods, the contrasting motifs are used to explore the relationship between industry and the environment, species
hierarchy, the conservation function of zoos, the evolution of collective memory, and the function of public monuments in modern society.

In Martyn’s work, the handling of paint is characterised by making adjustments to
the opacity, texture, and clarity of the paint. The aim of which is to make the surface of the painting interesting and at times to hinder the representation of motifs - to encourage the audience to look longer, and to deduce links between, and decipher their own conclusions as to what events are unfolding, and the symbolic meanings within.


Martyns work is in a number of public and private collections including the University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, City of Perth, City of Joondalup, Shire of Mundaring and St John of God Hospital Art Collection. Martyn has exhibited in numerous art awards, most significantly winning the John Stringer Art Prize (2018), the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award Overall Acquisitive Award (2017) and the Fifty Squared Art Prize at Brunswick Street Gallery.

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