Undercurrent

4 April — 27 April 2019

One cannot simply gaze upon a Martine Emdur painting. As viewers, we willingly dive into the picture plane with an immersive and ethereal sense of pleasure. Vast and emotive, her work triggers a feeling of nostalgia, subliminally linking us to this world, whilst suggesting another.

Emdur’s muse has long been the ocean. Her paintings are carefully rendered to capture and express the immersive quality of the ocean and its currents, whilst luminously portraying the light and ripples reflected from the sandy shallows onto the figures. The depths, with figures dancing and suspended in space, connect us not only to the natural world, but the nostalgia of childhood and the enticement of a time when you felt the cool elements against your skin. At times, a siren swims through the undercurrent of turquoise lace. In other works, we see a flash of colour—the bikini a lure to the eye. 

There are many references from the history of art that Emdur’s work can be linked to. Certainly, there is a strong realist influence, albeit a subliminal one. The use of light and dynamism with her methodology are inherent traits to her practice. Of profound importance to the artist is her spiritual connection to the subject—not only the environment but the protagonists. There is a joy to her message—she is connecting with us, as the subjects of her paintings connect with the ocean.

Ralph Hobbs
March, 2019

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\ Exhibition featured works

Arc

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 198 x 198cm

SOLD

Arc - Study

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 50 x 50cm

SOLD

Ash and Hannah

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 41 x 51cn

SOLD

Bathers

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 51 x 51cm

SOLD

Borja

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 51 x 41cm

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Bronte

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 50 x 50cm

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Bronte II

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 51 x 51cm

SOLD

By the Banks

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 50 x 50cm

SOLD

Citrine

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 183 x 240cm

SOLD

Dash

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 30 x 30cm

SOLD

Dawn Patrol

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 20 x 20cm

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Dive

2018 \ Oil on linen \ 31 x 31cm

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Free Styling

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 30 x 30cm

SOLD

Fresh II

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 30 x 30cm

SOLD

Full Moon

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 20 x 20cm

SOLD

Grip

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 51 x 41cm

SOLD

Landlock

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 51 x 51cm

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Lure

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 183 x 240cm

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Melt

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 30 x 30cm

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Melt II

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 20 x 20cm

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Radiant III

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 152 X 122cm

SOLD

Shallows

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 183 x 183cm

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Submerged

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 180 x 285cm

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Sunday Lovin

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 61 x 61cm

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Sunday Lovin II

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 41 x 51cm

SOLD

Turquoise Tide

2019 \ Oil on Linen \ 183 x 240cm

SOLD

Undercurrent

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 198 x 198cm

SOLD

Untitled

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 167 x 183cm

SOLD

Within the Lines

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 50 x 50cm

SOLD

Yellow Bikini

2018 \ Oil on Linen \ 20 x 20cm

SOLD

\ Lovers II

2019 \ Oil on linen \ 20 x 20cm

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\ Other exhibitions

Mitchell Ferrie

DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?

16 September — 26 September 2020

Morten Lassen

New Works on Paper

9 September — 19 September 2020

Spring

Group Exhibition

8 September — 13 September 2020

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
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