Image credit: Mandy Martin, APM Rain, Steam and Speed, 1989, Oil on linen, 180 x 396 cm, Latrobe Regional Gallery Collection, purchased by The Bank of Melbourne Regional Art Collection, 1997
1952 – 2021
Mandy Martin recently passed away after a long illness.
Martin was very known to the Latrobe Regional Gallery audiences for her grand landscapes featuring the industries of the Latrobe Valley. She tackled her industrial landscapes with thick paint in the style of Hans Hoffman and employed high keyed colour. Whilst not a local artist, Martin visited our region on many occasions and the Gallery is lucky to hold some key works that depict the Loy Yang Power Station, the former Briquette Factory, and Opal’s Paper Mill.
In 2019, Mandy Martin, her son, Alexander Boynes and son in law Tristen Parr presented Rewriting the score’. The artwork attracted a large amount of positive community interest. The artwork comprised a 12 metre painting by Mandy Martin in her known style and expressively capturing the industrial landscape with awe. The painting was overlaid by a video which like brought slow and constant change to the painting. The scene changed from one of industry, smoke and steam to one where nature had reclaimed the valley.
Mandy Martin’s art did not preach but asked us to consider our place as humans in the environment.
Vale Mandy Martin