Outer harbour, Port Kembla
APM rain, steam & speed

Born Adelaide, Australia 1952


In 1989 Mandy Martin spent time in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria, a region characterised by the juxtaposition of large industrial power stations against green farmland and bush. Her paintings of this time, including APM rain, steam & speed (1990), were a direct response to this experience. Environmental concerns and issues regarding pollution and development give these works a political edge.

These subjects are not new for Martin, who has used the industrial incursion on the natural world as a subject for investigation since the mid-1980s.

Since 1977 Martin has held over 100 solo exhibitions in Australia and throughout the United States and Mexico. Her work has been included in many important group exhibitions such as Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales (1981 and 1983); Australian Visions, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1984); Backlash, National Gallery of Victoria (1986); The Face of Australia, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (1988) and touring; Women hold up half the Sky, National Gallery of Australia (1995); and Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968–2002, National Gallery of Victoria (2002–03).

Martin, who studied at the South Australian School of Art, (1972–75) is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, most state galleries, and internationally at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.