HOLIDAY ADVENTURE INSPIRES BRAND NEW CHILDREN’S GALLERY EXHIBITION AT HOTA 

From Saturday 11 June, HOTA Children’s Gallery presents a delightful, immersive and interactive exhibition – Postcards from the Edge. 

The exhibition shares Brisbane-based artist Martin Edge’s joyful view of the world – in particular, his travel adventures documented in his colourful paintings.  

“I love to travel, and I think of every day as a new adventure,” said Martin. “I make paintings about the places I have visited. Or the places I dream about visiting.”  

Postcards from the Edge welcomes families to make their own memories during their visit and reflect on travel and holiday experiences they’ve had (or dream of having), evoking memories and inspiring creative play.  

“Martin’s zest for life is reimagined in this exhibition,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke. 

“The exhibition is underpinned by Martin’s philosophy that you can create holiday memories anywhere. You don’t have to leave home to travel; simply use your imagination.”

Martin began painting in 2007 and describes himself as a naïve artist who depicts the world according to his everyday life, including adventures that he has been on or aspires to undertake.    

Holiday vibes abound in Martin’s beach scenes, where you can climb a giant sandcastle, visit his souvenir shop and create your own holiday mementos to take home.   

“The Gallery team has loved working with Martin. His colourful palette conveys his sense of joy and optimism and we invite you to see the world through his eyes as an artist with autism,” said Criena.

“This exhibition, with support from our major partner Robina Town Centre, features new artworks by Martin showcasing the Gold Coast, as well as fun interactive experiences that families have come to know and love at HOTA’s Children’s Gallery.”

Following its first two successful exhibitions for families – World Upside Down and Dumpling Dreams – HOTA’s dedicated Children’s Gallery has contributed to the 180,000 visitors the Gallery welcomed in its first twelve months of opening.  

Postcards from the Edge opens at HOTA, Home of the Arts from Saturday 11th June and will be open 7 days a week. Entry to the exhibition is FREE.  

For more information on the exhibition, head to the HOTA website: www.hota.com.au  

Exhibition Major Partner Robina Town Centre.    

  

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ABOUT MARTIN EDGE:   

Brisbane artist Martin Edge began painting in 2007 and describes himself as a naïve artist who depicts the world according to his everyday life, including adventures that he has been on or aspires to undertake.   

Of course, Martin’s painted adventures wouldn’t be complete without sharing his journeys down south to the Gold Coast. His paintings often have an elevated perspective to encompass our sandy beaches and skyline of buildings, but also the network of canals and mountain ranges beyond. He describes this vista as ‘glowing with life, both man-made and natural’.    

Each work takes many weeks to complete due to the intricate details in the composition made up of multiple layers of acrylic paint. Martin’s colourful palette conveys his sense of joy and optimism. His signature on the back of his paintings is always accompanied by a little drawing of a balloon and a cheery wish for ‘all the best’.   

Martin paints because it makes him happy. He states, ‘Painting is life. When I feel tired or sick I sit down to paint and I’m energised and better’.   

In 2007 Martin completed studies in Visual Arts at Northpoint Institute of TAFE Brisbane, and studies in Illustration at Southbank Institute of TAFE Brisbane.   

His work is represented in regional, state and national institutional collections including The Parliament House Art Collection Canberra, Gold Coast University Hospital, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and State Library of Queensland. He has been a finalist several times in the Archibald’s Salon des Refuses and Brisbane Portrait Prize, as well as The Blake Prize for Religious Art and the Tattersall’s Club Landscape Prize.   

Martin Edge is represented by Anthea Polson Art, Gold Coast, and Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney. He is a proud ambassador for Autism Queensland.