Artist Jarrad Martyn wins 2018 John Stringer Prize

Jarrad Martyn with his painting Range.
Jarrad Martyn with his painting Range.

SOUTH Guildford artist Jarrad Martyn has won the 2018 John Stringer Prize.

The Curtin University fine arts honours graduate’s winning piece Range measures 1.8mx1.5m and is one of hit biggest feats on canvas to date.

It explores the human impact on the natural environment during the Anthropocene period, which is the proposed epoch steaming from the Industrial Revolution marked by great change to Earth’s geology and ecosystems.

The prize follows a stream of accolades Martyn received in 2017, including overall acquisitive award at the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award; the Emerge: Nedlands Youth Art Award, and the Fine Art at Hale: 25th Anniversary Prize.

Since completing his degree in 2013, Martyn has held four solo exhibitions in WA, taken part in numerous group shows in Perth and interstate, as well as completed various public murals.

He works across paint and installation, using an ethos of ‘bricolage’ – something constructed from a diverse range of things – in order to build a more didactic approach to the versions of history people have been fed.

Jarrad Martyn painting Range.