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Announcing Our Next Art Exhibition, 'Follow' By Marc Martin

TDF Collect

It’s been a little while, but this month we’re BACK with our next TDF Collect art exhibition, opening in two weeks time in our Collingwood gallery.

We’re thrilled to be showing a new body of work by Marc Martin – an award-winning artist, illustrator, design and children’s book author. (Marc also has one of our all time FAVE instagram accounts!)

Follow brings together a collection of exquisitely detailed original paintings in watercolour and gouache, inspired by the artist’s travels through Taiwan and Singapore. The exhibition opens on Saturday, August 18th, with drinks from 2.00pm that day.  All welcome!

6th August, 2018

Artworks in progress by Marc Martin. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Objects May Appear Closer, watercolour and gouache on paper framed in timber with glass onwards 520mm x 750mm. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Marc is a prolific and award-winning artist, illustrator and children’s book author. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Inside Marc’s Carlton studio. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Studio details. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Ramshacklewatercolour and gouache on paper framed in timber with glass onwards520mm x 750mm. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Work in progress. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Marc working on a piece for the TDF Collect exhibition. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The exhibition, Follow, is inspired by Marc’s trips to Taiwan and Singapore. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

The works have been created in watercolour and gouache on 640gsm paper. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Entrance, watercolour and gouache on paper framed in timber with glass onwards, 520mm x 750mm Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Woods, watercolour and gouache on paper framed in timber with glass onwards, 520mm x 750mm. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

The exhibition opens Saturday, August 18th – come and meet Marc from 2:00pm. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
Monday 6th August 2018

Marc Martin is an insanely talented Melbourne-based artist and illustrator, and someone I have long admired. His charming, painterly illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as Monocle, Wired, The Financial Review, GQ, Telstra, and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. He has also authored and illustrated five beautiful children’s books published by Penguin Random House: A Forest (2012), The Curious Explorers Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z (2013), Max (2014), A River (2015), and LOTS (2016).

Follow, Marc’s second solo exhibition, is a collection of original watercolour and gouache paintings on paper, inspired by the artist’s time in Taiwan and Singapore. Here, in run-down alleyways and side streets, Marc identified a feeling of ‘post-humanness’. These paintings focus on the beauty in that decay and abandonment, and explore the idea of a world where nature seems to take over the urban landscape, and stray animals are free to roam.

‘I like to think of the animals in the paintings as my spirit animals – guides on a journey through these abandoned landscapes’ says Marc.

Please join us, and Marc, for the opening of Follow next Saturday, August 18th – and in the spirit of the theme, we’re extending an invitation to all your canine/furry friends, too!

All the works in this show are now pictured on the TDF Collect website, and are available to purchase via email from today – enquiries, email elle@thedesignfiles.net.

Follow by Marc Martin
August 18th – 23rd
TDF Collect
14 Little Oxford Street
Collingwood, VIC

Saturday 18th, 10:00am – 5:00pm, with opening drinks from 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday 19th, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Monday 20th, CLOSED
Tuesday 21th, 10:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday 22nd, 10:00 – 4:00pm
Thursday 23rd, 10:00 – 4:00pm

This exhibition is generously supported by Dulux, Magnum and Queens WineCervezas Alhambra, and CAPI.

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