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    01.05.19 Martin Smith in Brisbane Art and Design Festival (BAD) 2019

    Jan Murphy Gallery is participating in the Brisbane Art and Design Festival 2019. In conjunction with the festival program, Martin Smith will create a large-scale text installation work on the exterior wall of the gallery. Exemplifying the artist’s continued use of photography and text, You workin? 2019 will be visible to passers-by and traffic on Brunswick Street.

    Martin Smith
    10 – 26 May
    Jan Murphy Gallery Exterior

    BRISBANE ART DESIGN FESTIVAL 2019 | 10 – 26 May 2019

    150+ artists & designers. 25+ locations. 17 days across Brisbane.


    17.08.18 Martin Smith PhD Exhibition at POP Gallery

    A solo exhibition by Martin Smith is being held at the newly relocated POP Gallery in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

    The exhibition, The Narrated Self, showcases Smith’s photographs that include excised texts of short personal stories.

    The Narrated Self
    POP Gallery
    21 August – 6 September 2018

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Martin Smith   Perceived indifference   2016   pigment print with hand cut letters   140.0 x 110.0 cm


    07.02.18 Martin Smith on Verso

    Verso is a curated online platform that publishes texts from contemporary artists, writers and curators. 

    Having recently completed a three-month residency at NARS Foundation in New York in late 2017, Martin Smith’s series of written reflections and photographs have been published online by Verso. These reflections offer a fantastic insight into the artist’s experience during the residency.

    Please click here, to view the article.

    Image credit: Martin Smith.


    26.09.17 Martin Smith to undertake New York City Residency

    Martin Smith will undertake a residency in Brooklyn, New York with the NARS Foundation (New York Artist Residency and Studios). The project is supported by the Australia Council and Arts Queensland and will see Smith at NARS from 1 October – 22 December 2017. An exhibition of artists in residency during this period will be held from the beginning of December.

    NARS Residency Exhibition
    NARS Gallery, Brooklyn N.Y.
    From 1 December 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Martin Smith   Eating a hotdog on 5th Ave   2016   silver gelatine print with gouache   45.0 x 45.0 cm


    Martin Smith Publication

    Martin Smith: Photographs in response to… 

    Foreword by David McCormack
    Essays by Karra Rees, Charles Robb & Martin Smith

    Publisher: Queensland Centre for Photography, 2008
    Hard cover, 56 pp, fully illustrated, colour
    32.5 x 32.5 cm
    ISBN: 978-0-9757720-4-1

    Available $55 + $15 postage & handling

    Please email or phone the gallery on +61 7 3254 1855 to purchase this item.


    23.09.17 Martin Smith at University of South Australia

    Martin Smith will feature in a group show, Parallels of Latitude at the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia.

    In the exhibition, six photographic artists; half from Queensland and half from South Australia, explore the role of place in photographic expression through the different legacies of state culture.

    Parallels of Latitude
    School of Art, Architecture and Design
    University of South Australia
    28 September – 20 October

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Martin Smith   Experiment with verbs   2015   pigment print with hand cut letters   100.0 x 100.0 cm


    22.08.17 Martin Smith in Redland Art Gallery Collection

    Martin Smith’s work, Cutting text out of photographs 2016, has been acquired by the Redland Art Gallery Collection.

    The works was part of his solo exhibition, and that’s what tortures me, held at Jan Murphy Gallery last year. It consists of a pigment print with Smith’s signature hand cut letters and contains a narrative that details the artist’s unique process.

    To read the text from this artwork, please click here.

    For more information about Redland Art Gallery Collection, please click here. 

    Image credit: Martin Smith   Cutting text out of photographs   2016   pigment print with hand cut letters   150.0 x 100.0 cm   Redland Art Gallery Collection


    08.04.17 Martin Smith at UQ Art Museum

    Martin Smith is in upcoming exhibition, The Dust Never Settles, which features works from The University of Queensland Art Collection.

    Curated by Michele Helmrich, the exhibition unpacks the inherent optimism associated with the expression ‘once the dust settles’. It centres on works by contemporary artists who probe at cultural, environmental and psychological histories that remain unresolved.

    The Dust Never Settles
    UQ Art Museum
    13 April – 30 July 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Martin Smith   Our regular teacher mysteriously vanished   2008   pigment print on photo rag   153.0 x 112.4 x 4.5 cm   Edition of 2   Collection of The University of Queensland


    28.02.17 Martin Smith at Museum of Brisbane

    Martin Smith features in an upcoming exhibition, Scenes of our city, at the Museum of Brisbane.

    The exhibition includes works from the Museum of Brisbane Collection and Gadens Brisbane Collection. Scenes of our city presents urban scenes inspired by Brisbane’s architectural history and reveals the emergence of Brisbane as a confident new world city.

    Scenes of our City
    Museum of Brisbane
    3 March ­– 16 July 2017

    For more information, please click here.

    Image credit: Martin Smith   From the series am I missing something   2004   photographic collage   80.0 x 130.5 x 4.0 cm


    14.05.16 Martin Smith at Caboolture Regional Gallery

    Martin Smith will have work on display at the Caboolture Regional Gallery as part of the exhibition, Love…more than a four letter word. The exhibition features work from a group of artists working across varying mediums and approaches, all exploring the concept of love in its many capacities. Featured artists include Tracey Moffatt, Joy Hester, Jenny Watson, Linde Ivimey, Angelica Mestiti, Clarke Beaumont and many more.

    The exhibition will run from 18 May – 9 July 2016.

    The official opening will be held on Saturday 21 May at 11am.

    An artist talk by Martin Smith, Courtney Coombs, Brian Sanstrom and Jenny Waston will be held on Saturday June 11 at 11am.

    Fore more information please click here 

    Image credit: Martin Smith   Regards Dad (a-c)   2012   pigment print with cut out letters   90.0 x 210.0 cm


    Day Seven: Twelve Days of Christmas 2015

    Martin Smith   Credo   2015   pigment prints, resin, black granite and gold leaf   29.0 x 14.5 x 5.5 cm   $4,400

    Martin Smith works across photography, sculpture and installation, with text and language forming a strong underpinning of his practice. He draws from his personal experience and narratives to create his unique artworks.

    The text that forms the basis of Credo came from a friend of Martin’s, who after seeing his work, remarked that in their opinion it required ‘more sex and less death’. He saw this as a credo for a happier life and it has since become a recurring theme and phrase used in his artwork.

    Credo also responds to other works in his practice and is evidence of his interest in representing the casual, mundane and overlooked aspects of life as a means of gaining greater understanding of experience. The work plays with the aesthetics of death through the use of granite, while containing a lifetime of experiences recorded through the photographs. It has been created by adhering approximately 150 photographs together and this has then been mounted onto black granite with gold leaf.

    Enquire to purchase via email: enquiries@janmurphygallery.com.au or call (07) 3254 1855


    24.11.15 Martin Smith at Monash Gallery of Art

    Works by Martin Smith will feature in a new exhibition, Cutting Edge, at Monash Gallery of Art. The exhibition will showcase contemporary artists that physically manipulate photographic prints to create unique artworks.

    Martin’s handcut photographic works will be on display for the exhibition. These works incorporate photographic imagery and text in a unique investigation into storytelling.

    Cutting Edge runs from 26 November 2015 until 21 February 2016

    For more information please click here 

    Image credit: Martin Smith   pleasure/storage   2012   digital print and collage   74 x 100 cm


    07.10.14 New York

    Martin recently returned from New York where he traveled with 24 photography students from the Queensland College of Art


    Recent work

    Detail and install shots from recent work


    02.02.08 Martin Smith in Photofile Magazine

    Martin Smith is featured in Photofile Magazine in an article by Pat Hoffie.

    Hoffie unravels Smith’s ability to pair mundane images with loaded text to create an awkward yet intriguing relationship between to two visual languages.

    To read the article please click here

    Image credit: Martin Smith   After finishing high school   2006   type C print   110.0 x 110.0 cm


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