Studio photograph: Wade Muschialli


Martin George (b. 1993, Sydney) is an artist from Melbourne working in painting and drawing. His work explores abstraction with an imaginative emphasis. The subjects of his work have included checkered and detailed patterning, emblematic forms, minimal abstractions and observational drawing, all of which have formed a unique vocabulary of motifs that he repeats and reconfigures to create new meaning. His recent works depict vast abstract environments, with titles that refer to the natural world (Lake & the Big Storm and Moon Accordian) adding a spirited narrative to the abstractions.

‘Relatively simple & breezy in painterly handling, sly in their apparent nonchalance, summary & graphic in their investigation of figure & ground, harking back to a reductive yet playful early modernism…’
— Random (re)View, October 2022

Martin has been exhibiting since 2016, the year he graduated from RMIT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and held his first solo exhibition at Fort Delta in Melbourne. In 2017 he completed a residency at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, spending time in California and New York which informed new directions in his work, leading to two major exhibitions in Melbourne at NKN Gallery (2018) and Haydens (2019). In 2022–23, Martin lived and worked in Rotterdam for fourteen months, producing a body of work that was shown at Bempostinha, Lisbon (2023), and later at Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne the same year.

His paintings have been shortlisted for several Australian art prizes including the Bayside Painting Prize (2024; 2021; 2019), Churchie Emerging Art Prize (2020), Redland Art Awards (2018) and the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize (2017).

Represented by
Nicholas Thompson Gallery
155 Langridge Street, Collingwood VIC 3066



All artworks © Martin George