Sue Martin

Sue Martin

Johannesburg based artist, Sue Martin, has been honing her painting and printmaking skills since the 1980s when she completed a BA Fine Arts degree at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal).

Martin boldly engages and experiments with a variety of techniques and media to produce her compelling, as well as, deeply personal artworks. Her skillful manipulation of composition and typography adds texture to her work, while simultaneously paying homage to her previous career in advertising. Martin sees her artistic practice as a journey, through which she explores aspects of her lived experience and her personal identity, against a wider historical backdrop.

In the intervening twenty years since Martin’s first solo exhibition in 1999, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions and Art Fairs across South Africa. In addition, Martin has produced several successful solo exhibitions that have established her as a prominent feature in the South African art market. In 2010, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) recognised Martin’s work and acquired the series Urban Cowboys (2009) for its permanent collection. Moreover, earlier this year, the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce (JCCI) added a selection of paintings and prints, from Martin’s series The Cartographer’s Notes (2020), to its permanent collection. Martin has also been invited by Mark Attwood to participate in the prestigious residency at The Artists’ Press towards the middle of 2020.

Working from her Johannesburg-based studio, Martin continues to exhibit her work extensively with various galleries such as Knysna Fine Art, In Toto Gallery, Artist Proof Studio, and The White River Gallery. Most recently her work was selected for exhibition at Design Joburg and Grande Provence, Franschoek. 

Artist Statement

Reflecting on my artistic practice, I can hear the voice of acclaimed German artist Anselm Kiefer: ‘What does the artist do? [S]he draws connections. [S]he ties the invisible threads between things. [S]he dives into history, be it the history of mankind, the geological history of the Earth or the beginning and end of the manifest cosmos’ (Kiefer 2011). In some ways, I see my creative process as a response to Kiefer’s assertion. I imagine myself taking up the mantel in my studio space, and weaving connections between a variety of historical and geographical sources. However, as I look outwards at the complex history of the world, I am acutely aware of the driving force that motivates my engagement in this project: to engage and better understand a personal exploration of ‘belonging’.

As a third-generation South African living and working in Johannesburg, in the post-apartheid era, this exploration remains embedded in the nucleus of my practice and often informs the starting point for my artworks. I frequently incorporate found objects into my work, such as historical maps, that bring with them their own history. I respond to these objects by painting on them, and drawing into them, thereby creating a multitude of layers revealing and obscuring images and ideas. By building-up these layers, I encourage the viewer to look beneath the veneer of the artworks. It is through this process of disentangling and extracting meaning, that the viewer becomes an active participant in translating the images and threading their own connections, and narratives, into the artworks.

Exhibitions

1998: Participated in the St Johns Centenary exhibition

1999: First solo exhibition at the Enviro Gallery, Houghton Estate

2001: Solo exhibition at [email protected], Melville

2002: Participated in a group exhibition for the French Consulate

2002: Joint exhibition with Eleonora Bonavera at [email protected], in Melville

2004: Solo exhibition in Westcliff

2006: Exhibited at Rooms on View

2007: Exhibited at Rooms on View

2008: Exhibited at Rooms on View

2008: Exhibited at Castellano Beltrame

2008: Exhibited in the Sun International Positive Art Exhibition

2009: Exhibited in an exhibition of international and South African at the White House Gallery

2010: Exhibited with Joan Sainsbury and Julia Cavalleri at Villa Arcadia in Parktown

2011: Solo exhibition at the David Brown Gallery Sandton

2012: Participated in a group exhibition at Toto Gallery Bridharven

2015: Solo exhibition at Alive Art Kramerville

2015: Solo exhibition at Halifax Gallery Parkhurst

2015: Group show at Everard Read Stone Steel and Bronze

2016: That Art Fair Cape Town

2016:  Turbine Art Fair Newtown

2016: FNB ART FAIR and JHB ART WEEK

2016: Solo exhibition at Intoto Gallery Jhb

2017: Participated in a group  exhibition at Intoto Gallery Jhb

2017: Turbine Art Fair

2017: FNB ART FAIR and JHB ART WEEK

2017: Participated in a Women group exhibition at Artist Proof Studio Jhb

2017: KKNK Festival Karoo

2017: Solo exhibition at Julie Miller Investment Art Gallery Midrand

2017: Tiny group exhibition at Intoto Gallery Jhb

2017: SA Fine Art Print Fair GIBS Jhb

2018: Design Joburg

2019: Design Joburg

2019: Illusion / Allusion Group Exhibition

2019: Turbine Art Fair

2019: Knysna Fine Art Gallery Group Exhibition

2020: Grande Provence

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    Morning Sky
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    Passages of Time
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    Reflections
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    Spring
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    The Horizon
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