The Way I See It
About the artist
Born in Brisbane, artist Martin Edge has been painting and exhibiting full time since 2010. He is represented by Anthea Polson Art in Queensland and Robin Gibson Gallery in Sydney. Two of Martin’s paintings were recently collected by Queensland State Library, his work is also in the Parliament House Collection, Canberra along with several national regional gallery and hospital collections. He has been a finalist in many important art prizes including the Salon des Refuses, and last year’s Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize at Lismore regional gallery. Martin is a proud ambassador for Autism Queensland and has allowed images of his paintings of Brisbane to be used for their promotional and fundraising projects.
About the sitter
Martin Edge says of this work: “I paint myself all the time. I like to paint myself at different ages and different stages to show how I am changing and to also show people how I see myself. I am 34 now and this painting is Martin all grown up. For a long time I painted myself looking very young. I regularly walk around the city and suburbs and enjoy watching what is happening. I love the City Cats. The way they look, how they glide through the water picking up and dropping off at all the locations. I paint because it makes me happy. I have been painting Brisbane scenes for over a decade. Some days there is a sense of peace and some are so rushed you can’t take it all in. Other days I can feel a bit lost, but I enjoy walking in different areas and exploring.”