Delmar Gallery Exhibition

Delmar Gallery Exhibition

Free exhibition talks this weekend.

Visit Trinity’s Delmar Gallery this weekend and enjoy our two new exhibitions, “The Secret Language of Mountains: the Art of Isawdi” and “False Ornithologies & Unnatural Histories: Martin King”.

On Sunday at 2pm, Melbourne artist Martin King will give a free guided tour of his exhibition and at 2.30pm, Ömie Artists manager, Brennan King, will give his firsthand insights into the art of the late PNG artist, Isawdi.

Martin is one of Australia’s foremost printmakers and an extraordinary draughtsman. His epic drawing, “Black Thursday”, was recently awarded the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award. His exhibition at Delmar Gallery is an immersive installation of large-scale drawings, etchings, neon and animation, exploring our complex relationships with the natural world. We are very fortunate that he has been able to make time in his busy schedule to conduct workshops with Year 9 and Year 11 Visual Arts students on Monday.

Isawdi (c1933 – 2019) was one of the most significant artists from Ömie territory in south eastern Papua New Guinea. This is the first solo exhibition of her work in Australia. Her drawings and barkcloth paintings contain an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ömie culture, cosmology and the natural world. Brennan was a close friend of the artist’s in her later years, and recorded her accounts of the stories and symbolism behind her masterful compositions.

RSVP is required to the exhibition talks.
Delmar Gallery is open to the public from Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 5pm. The exhibitions run until 13 March.

Catherine Benz | Curator, Delmar Gallery

Martin King in his Melbourne studio, 2021
Isawdi at Gora Village, PNG in 2011
Detail of "Ancestor's turtle shell pendant design", natural pigments on barkcloth
Exhibition installation view, barkcloth paintings by Isawdi in foreground
Exhibition installation view with animation, neon and drawing by Martin King
"Tree of Life, Unsuccessful Species", etching drypoint, chine colle and hand colouring

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