TITLE Colourboss by Rowena Martinich
DATE Friday 26 October - Sunday 28 October 2018
VENUE OzDare Creative Space, 73 Cromwell Street, Collingwood
Over the past eighteen months, Australian painter, Rowena Martinich has refocussed her studio and public art practice, producing an exhibition of new works, Colourboss; a powerful collection of pieces that are the embodiment of energy and dynamism.
Known for her luscious use of colour and the ease in which she works with scale, Martinich’s career has traversed the realms of public art, installations, architectural application and works on canvas. She has been sought after by major clients, including Nike, Facebook, Mecca Cosmetica, Mirvac, Bombay Sapphire, The National Gallery of Victoria and Dulux, as well Australia’s leading architects and interior designers to create bespoke immersive art experiences in both domestic and commercial environments.
Martinich’s new works retain the incredible chromatic intensity that brought her to acclaim, while her painting practice has evolved significantly; liquid gestures sweep, marble and drag across the canvas, over layers of detailed expressionist marks and pools of colour. These pieces reach a new depth and reinforce Martinich’s place in the contemporary field of abstract expressionist painting.
The Colourboss exhibition will be anchored by an expansive mural measuring 12m long x 2.4m high, demonstrating Martinich’s ability to work to extreme scale, flanked by large paintings on canvas, available for acquisition. The exhibition will also feature a photographic retrospective of Martinich’s public art projects and installations over the past 10 years, as well as video documentation of her process, in studio.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Creating vast, dynamic explorations of colour is abstract expressionist Rowena Martinich’s forte. Martinich has carved out her position in the art world, spanning the realms of public art, painting installations, permanent and temporary interventions, murals within streetscapes, awe inspiring architectural applications and powerful compositions on canvas. Martinich’s artwork has been sought after by major clients such as Nike, Facebook, Mecca Cosmetica, Mirvac, Bombay Sapphire, The National Gallery of Victoria and Dulux as well Australia’s leading architects and interior designers to create bespoke immersive art experiences in both domestic and commercial environments.
Martinich’s public art career began with a series of ambitious murals painted on the glass facades of public buildings including a five story window installation at RMIT University, followed by an overpass, bathing its audience in radianT colour on their journey to and from the Dandenong train station. Creating landmark works that change how the public engage with their environment on a visual level inspires Martinich and has lead her to travel to create major public works in France, Italy, Turkey, China, the United Kingdom and the United States. Closer to home her work has transformed small regional towns, where the integration of her contemporary art has a significant community outcome.
Rowena Martinich continues to push the boundaries within the public and private art sectors, transforming once ordinary spaces into luscious colour-scapes. In the studio she is driven by process. Her paintings are constantly shifting and evolving, building on each other to reflect a particular interest in the technical capacity of paint, each particular body of work displaying a curiosity in the application of fluid layers. Informed by years of painting experience Martinich works intuitively to create seemingly spontaneous and playful yet balanced compositions; rich in luminous colour and gesture. This studio practice directly informs Martinich’s work in the public realm – scale being the shifting factor. For her, moving beyond the private interior of the artist’s studio, to connect with others though her practice is where her work functions on its highest level.