King Street Gallery on William

Congratulations Martin King finalist in the Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards and Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2021

September 3, 2021

Congratulations to Martin King, finalist in the Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards 2021 with his work ‘Tree of Life, Unsuccessful Species’.

Artist statement: ‘Tree of Life, Unsuccessful Species’ is made up of 37 etchings of species of birds that in some habitats are under threat from various pressures.  Visually it references museum avian displays of taxidermed birds. In an ironic twist, the tree on which the birds perch is constructed from human and avian skeletal remains. The question is posed: which species is unsuccessful?


2 October – 17 October 2021
Geelong Gallery, Vic


This nationally acclaimed acquisitive prize exhibition features entries from around Australia by established and emerging printmakers representing the diversity of current practice through both traditional printmaking techniques as well as contemporary processes.


Martin King

Tree of Life, Unsuccessful Species
etching drypoint, chine colle and hand colouring
168 x 165cm




Congratulations to Martin King, finalist in the Hazelhurst Art On Paper Award 2021 with his work ‘Strangerlands II’.

Artist statement: A large graphite drawing including references to past representations of landscape, popular culture, ancient manuscripts and the graphic arts including, William Strutt’s Black Thursday,1851, Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, an Iranian illuminated 15C manuscript and Goya’s Los Caprichos.


18 September – 28 November 2021
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre



The biennial Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award aims to elevate the status of works on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium.


Martin King

Strangerlands II  2021
graphite, watercolour, gouache, gold foil on drafting film and paper
148 x 226cm