John Stringer Prize2019-12-05T13:55:36+00:00

John Curtin Gallery is proud to present
the John Stringer Prize 2018.


2018 John Stringer Prize Winner Announced.

The votes are in: emerging young talent Jarrad Martyn has taken out the 2018 John Stringer Prize at this evening’s Award Night at John Curtin Gallery. Martyn’s epic oil painting, titled Range,hangs alongside new mixed media artworks by five fellow contemporary Western Australian artists, each nominated as competitive contenders for this year’s Prize.

This evening, Thursday 27 September 2018, saw art industry VIP’s, dignitaries and members of The Collectors Club gather to celebrate the announcement of the 2018 John Stringer Prize. The Atrium space of the John Curtin Gallery was host to the unveiling of original new drawing, digital, print, painting, sculpture and installation artworks by a diverse selection of six locally-based, leading practitioners: Olga Cironis, Clive Collender, Sharyn Egan, Tom Freeman and Lydia Trethewey, whose works show alongside Martyn’s winning piece.


Martyn, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1991, and grew up in Perth where he currently lives and works, is, fittingly, a recent Honours graduate of Fine Arts from Curtin University. Since emerging from his degree in 2013, Martyn has held four solo exhibitions in Western Australia, taken part in numerous group shows in Perth and interstate, as well as completed various public murals.

Martyn works across paint and installation, using an ethos of ‘bricolage’ – that is, ‘something constructed from a diverse range of things’– in order to build a more didactic approach to the versions of our history we’ve been fed. His painting style delves from realism to expressionism, a contrast that fixes the viewers’ attention and incites their participation in the unfolding narratives depicted.

Martyn’s winning composition Range,which measures an impressive 1.8 by 1.5 meters – one of the artist’s biggest feats on canvas to date – explores the human impact on the natural environment during the Anthropocene period; that is, the proposed epoch steaming from the Industrial Revolution marked by great change to the Earth’s geology and ecosystems.

Martyn’s receipt of the 2018 John Stringer Prize arrives on the back of a stream of accolades in 2017, which included: Overall Acquisitive Awardat the City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award; the Emerge: Nedlands Youth Art Award, and the Fine Art at Hale: 25thAnniversary Prize.


Each of the John Stringer Prize finalists were selected for invitation in early 2018 by a panel of industry professionals, this year comprising of Artist, Curator and 2017 John Stringer Prize Recipient Erin Coates, John Curtin Gallery Director Chris Malcolm and Chief Cultural Officer at the University of Western Australia’s Cultural Precinct, Professor Ted Snell.

Throughout the year, The Collectors Club members, who have initiated and predominantly funded the Prize, engaged with the nominated artists in a series of artist talks and studio visits. In the days leading up to the Award Night, a secret ballot was conducted, with each member allocated one vote to the artist they feel to be most deserving of Prize – an innovative model designed to enable art collectors’ intimate insights into important contemporary, local practices.

In 2018, the John Stringer Prize is proud to launch a new partnership with John Curtin Gallery, enabling members of the public the opportunity to view and enjoy the high-quality survey of Western Australian art practice. The exhibition will be on show at John Curtin Gallery until Sunday 7 October.


An Artist Talk with winner Jarrad Martyn, and fellow finalists Tom Freeman, Olga Cironis and Lydia Trethewey, was held at John Curtin Gallery on Wednesday 3 October, 12:30pm – 1:30pm. To listen to the artist talks click on the links below.

Indigenous Acknowledgement

John Curtin Gallery acknowledges the traditional owners of the land on which the Bentley gallery is located, the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation.