King Street Gallery on William

Martha Marlow

Landscape painter and songwriter Martha Marlow is pulled to the canvas in the same way she is pulled to the sea near her home: to inhabit the realm of her ideas and transcend her limitations.

“I paint to distil the essence of my life’s experience, and receive no greater pleasure than from simply sitting in the landscape, or being completely immersed and focused on a life model. It becomes my expression and my meaning.”

Having studied at the National Art School in Sydney, majoring in oil painting, Martha won the drawing prize in her first year and in 2020 she was a finalist in the Paddington Landscape Art Prize. In 2023 she was invited to participate in the AGNSW artist interview series. Interviewed by Euan Macleod, she spoke about her arts practice and recited excerpts of her poetry.

At the same time, she was writing many of the songs which feature on her ARIA nominated debut album, ‘Medicine Man’.

“There’s this beautiful undergrowth, that precisely because of my own fragility and impermanence, my life is glowing ever more strongly, because this is what makes every moment we have, however difficult, still deeply precious and beautiful.”

– Martha Marlow


Solo Exhibitions

In the Shadow of the Stars, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Chasing Light, New Works on Paper, King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

Paddington Landscape Art Prize, Sydney

National Art School Drawing Exhibition, Sydney

Prizes and Awards

2020  Recipient of the Mayer Foundation Grant

2015  National Art School Drawing Prize

Martha Marlow - The Healer

Andy Hazel

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