Melbourne artist Martin Tighe has built a career focusing on stories important to Australia’s culture and identity. His work has examined wide-ranging subjects from Ronald Ryan, Tom Wills, Simpson’s Donkey and Picnic at Hanging Rock to Australian Rules Football, landscapes and portraiture.

Throughout his career Martin has used many different media to realise his art. These include traditional materials, oils, acrylics and bronze. Found objects such as scoreboard numbers, timber off-cuts and flat iron gathered from wheat farms have also been used.

Martin believes in fostering an appreciation of art and ideas within our community. Since 2001 he has exhibited regularly in both individual and group exhibitions, as part of his commitment to the cultural significance of the creative process. Martin is a regular entrant and finalist in the Archibald Prize and for many years he has assisted in the organisation of the annual Australian Rules Football art exhibition.

Martin has participated in a two-year artist-in-residence programme at a Melbourne secondary school. He presents his ideas imaginatively and confidently.

Text, courtesy of John Harms

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