King Street Gallery on William

Martin King

Master printmaker, draftsman and painter Martin King was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1957. Martin graduated with a diploma in Fine Art and Design from Caulfield Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 1978 and then again with a post-graduate Diploma in Fine Art from Sydney College of the Arts in 1982. In 2002, Martin graduated from Monash University with a Master of Fine Arts.

Martin King has been awarded numerous Artist Residencies both in Australia and Internationally. In 1983, he was awarded the Artist in Residence program with the M. Karolyi Foundation in Vence, France, from which he decided to live and work in France, Spain and London from 1984. In 2006 was awarded the artist in residence with the Australis Expedition in South Georgia and Sub-Antarctica. Again in 2015 King was awarded an artist in residence program with Amazigh Artist Tour in Morocco.

In 1996, was invited to work with Aboriginal artists on printmaking projects in Jilamara, Melville Island in the NT. Again, in 2000, he worked with Aboriginal communities in Millijidee, WA.

From 1990 onwards King has frequently lectured in Printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts. From 1994 to 2017, Martin was the senior Printmaker at the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne.

Martin King has had over 50 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and has featured in numerous group exhibitions both in Australia and internationally. Martin’s work also features in many prominent collections including the British Museum, Carleton College Library, Minnesota, USA, Bahrat Bhavan India, Bihar Museum, India, M. Karolyi Foundation, France, the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery Victoria, Art Gallery NSW, State Library of Victoria, and the Parliament House Collection, Canberra.

Most recently, in 2019 King was awarded both the Muswellbrook Drawing Prize and the Gallipoli Art Prize.

From 1994-2017 Martin worked as a Senior Printmaker at the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne. Martin currently lives and works in Melbourne.

Martin King standing with 2019 Gallipoli Prize winning piece



Martin King Strangerlands

Hand drawn animation by Martin King [preview]

Full DVD running time 5 minutes

Slowly Disappearing Darling by Martin King

Martin King

Martin King is an artist, printmaker, drawer and painter. We join him in his studio where he explains his work and his thoughts.

Solo exhibitions [selected]

Strangerlands, Australian Galleries, Melbourne

Bookworks, Artspace at Realm, Ringwood VIC

Unnatural History King Street Gallery on William, Sydney

Hoodwinks and lyres King Street Gallery on William
From the collection Martin King, Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, Ringwood
Naturohilia Lab 14 Melbourne University

Blind faith Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Dawn survey #3 King Street Gallery on William
Forest of dreams Gallerysmith Melbourne

Dawn survey #2 Port Jackson Press, Melbourne

On the wing
King Street Gallery on William
Dawn survey project Project Space, James Makin Gallery. Melbourne

Secret Life of Birds King Street Gallery on William
Recent work Art Vault Midura, Vic

Inferior Mirage James Makin Gallery
Slowly Disappearing Darling New England Regional Art Gallery NSW
Burnt creek offering Art Vault Midura

Overflow King St Gallery on William, Sydney

Slowly Disappearing Darling Port Jackson Press, Melbourne
Masters Impressions Roopankar Museum of Fine Arts, Bhopal India

Slowly Disappearing Darling Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW
South Georgia Island sub Antarctica king street gallery on burton, Sydney
South Georgia Sub Antarctica James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

Recent work [prints and paintings] king street gallery on burton
Plain Song Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne

Works on Canvas and Paper Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne

First Rain king street gallery at Span Galleries, Melbourne
First Rain king street gallery on burton
First Rain: Works on Paper Port Jackson Press Gallery

Recent work Lake Gallery, Paynesville, Vic
Recent work king street gallery on burton

Going Over Old Ground Mass Gallery, Melbourne
Recent work Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne
Antipodes Gallery, Sorrento, Melbourne
Masters Exhibition Mass Gallery

Geodesy Span Galleries
Recent works on paper Motorworks Gallery, Melbourne

Recent works on paper king street gallery on burton
Stephen McLaughlan Gallery

An Installation of Paintings St Stephens Church, Richmond
Footnote Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery
king street gallery on burton
Adelaide Central Art Gallery, Adelaide
Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle

king street gallery on burton

Gallery Rhumbarallas, Melbourne
Adelaide Central Art Gallery
Recent Prints East Melbourne Hotel, Melbourne

Launch of artist’s book Seven Songs Seven Etchings Darren Knight Gallery, Melbourne

Dorretts Gallery, Canberra
Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

Galleria La Sirena, Barcelona, Spain
Tartessos, Galleria, Cadaques, Spain

Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne

Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney

Group Exhibitions [selected]

Waterhouse Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide
Salon Des Refuses, SH Ervin Gallery Sydney

Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
Splash: McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award, McCelland Sculpture Park
The Dobell Drawing Prize #22 National Art School, Sydney
Mono, Australian Galleries Melbourne
State of the mark, Work on paper, Australian Galleries.
Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Tas.
Geelong acquisitive print awards Geelong Gallery, Vic
The Dobell Drawing Prize, National Art School, Sydney and touring – 2023

National Works on Paper Prize Mornington Peninsula Gallery
The Gosford Art Prize, Gosford NSW

Muswellbrook Drawing Prize Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
The Gallipoli Art Prize [winner] The Gallipoli Memorial Club, Sydney
Inside/Outside King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Abstract 19’ King Street Gallery on William
The Purves Family Business, The First Four Decades, Australian Galleries
River on the brink, inside the Murray Darling Basin, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art Montsalvat, Victoria

Mosman Art Prize
Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney
Melbourne Printmakers Sagra Gallery, Melbourne
A Whole different Animal Brightspace, Melbourne
Tracing the Line Port Jackson Press, Melbourne

As Far as the Eye Can See Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, NSW
Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize Adelaide Perry Gallery Sydney
Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill
Scratching the surface Port Jackson Press, Melbourne\
Flight Paths The Bird in Australian Art. Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery
National works on paper Prize Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery
Paul Guest Award Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

Gippsland Print Award Gippsland Art Gallery VIc
Recent Acquisitions Maroondah Art Gallery, Ringwood, Vic
Small works 2015 Beaver Gallery, Canberra. ACT
Smash and Grab Gallerysmith, Vic
Freedom of the Press Gladstone Regional art Gallery, Qld
The Mildura BMW Australian Print Triennial Prize Mildura, Vic
Inaugural Gippsland Print Award Gippsland Gallery, Sale, Vic
Hobart City Art Prize Hobart, Tas
Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
Geelong Print Prize Geelong Gallery, Vic

Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Prize Gladstone Regional Gallery
6° OF SEPARATION! Arts Projects, Melbourne
Bay of Fires Art Prize St Helens Tasmania
City of Hobart Art Prize Hobart Tasmania
The Alice Prize Alice Springs NT
Knowing me Knowing you Arts Project
People I have worked with People I have worked for and friends Illustrated and other books, Artists Books, Langford 120 Melbourne
An Irish Connection Tussock Upstairs Gallery Point Lonsdale, Vic

Fleurieu Art Prize
Last but not Least King Street Gallery on William, Sydney
Packsaddle New England Regional Art Gallery and Museum, NSW
Searching for Bird River Mine LARQ, ten Days on the Island
Festival, Queensland Tasmania
On a wing and a prayer MARS Gallery, Melbourne
The Wisdom of Birds Holding-King-Shimmen, Latrobe University, Art Centre Bendigo
Airborn McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Elisabeth Murdock Gallery, Langwarrin, Vic
Mildura Palimpsest #9 Mildura, Vic
Corporeal Geelong Gallery, Geelong
Port Jackson Press, Melbourne, Vic
Looking Forward King Street Gallery on William

Recent Acquisitions Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW
The Animal King Street Gallery on William
Kedumba Drawing Prize Blue Mountains

Altitude art Lake Hindmarsh Project Gipps Street Gallery, Melbourne
Recent Acquisitions: Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection, Wangaratta
Dobell Prize for Drawing Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Vault Mildura Arts Centre, Vic
Silent Feathers [exploring the role of birds in contemporary society] Maroondah Art Gallery, Vic
Swoop [exploring the world of birds and other aerial adventures] Wagga Wagga Gallery, Vic
Reframed: selected works from the Moreland Art Collection [curated by Edwina Bartlem]
Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

Everything and Nothing King Street Gallery on William
Recent Acquisitions Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, NSW

Gulag Counihan Gallery, Melbourne

Masters Impressions Roopankar, Museum of Fine Arts, Bhopal, India
Strathbogies NE Victoria, Strathbogie Ranges James Makin Gallery, Melbourne

Printed Warrnambool Art Gallery, Vic
The Bird Show MARS Gallery, Melbourne

last show of the year king street gallery on burton
Salon De Montsalvat, Montsalvalt Gallery, Melbourne
South Georgia Sub Antarctica Dickerson Gallery, Sydney and MARS Gallery
Broken Hill Outback Art Prize Broken Hill Regional Gallery (First prize)

Winter Collection Port Jackson Press Gallery, Melbourne
last show of the year, king street gallery on burton
ALTITUDE Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, Vic
MLC Acquisitive Art Exhibition MLC Melbourne


Arco Coal Collection, Australia
Allens Arthur Robinson, Sydney
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of South Australia
Artbank, Australia
Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne
Australian National Bank
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
British Museum, London, UK
Bharat Bhavan Museum, Bhopal, India
Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Carleton College Library, Minnesota, USA
Chisholm Institute of Technology, Vic
Deakin University Art Collection
Education Department of Victoria
Eltham College, Vic
Faulding Collection, Adelaide
Geelong Regional Art Gallery, Vic
Gippsland Art Gallery
James Hardie Collection, Sydney
Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Mackay Regional Art Gallery, Mackay
Macquarie Bank, Sydney
Maroondah Art Gallery
M Karolyi Foundation, Vence, France
MLC, Melbourne
Monash University, Vic
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
National Australia Bank, NAB
National Gallery of Victoria
Nillumbik Art Collection, Eltham, Vic
Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences
Northern Territory University
Out Back Arts, INQ, Qld
Print Council of Australia
Queensland State Library
RACV Art Collection
State Bank of NSW
Sydney College of the Arts
Tamworth City Gallery, NSW
University College of Southern Queensland
Victorian College of the Arts
Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection
Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Vic

47th Muswellbrook Art Prize 2020 Entries

ART upCLOSE Issue 7 Muswellbrook Regional Gallery


War Pigeon Diaries - WINNER 2019

The Gallipoli Club Publication

April 2019

Arts news — Gallipoli Art Prize by Namila Benson

The Art Show, ABC Podcast

24 April 2019

2019 Muswellbrook Art Prize: Work on paper WINNER

Muswellbrook Art Prize Online publication

March 2019

Etching that is fit for a KING review by Penny Webb

The Age Melbourne

5 August 2013

Craft: Etching that is fit for a King by Penny Webb

Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum

5 August 2013

Putting the seal on wild wandering by Harbant Gill

Visual Art, The Age Melbourne


Profiles in Print - Martin King by Prof. Sasha Grishin

Craft Arts International, Issue no. 64


Workshops with Aboriginal artists from East Gippsland

Australian Print Workshop, NewsPrint No. 3


Private meanings within public art by Anna Clabburn

Visual Art, the Age, Melbourne

June 1998

Skin Culture essay by Michael Wardell

Publication source unknown

June 1998

Continuing Partnerships with Aboriginal Artist Communities

Australian Print Workshop, NewsPrint No. 2


Martin King feature by Nicolas Williams

Publication source unknown

April 1998

Deep etched in time by Anita Bragge

Arts and Entertainment, Herald Sun

4 July 1998