Louise Martin-Chew

Based in: Meeanjin/Brisbane, Australia

Louise Martin-Chew has been writing about the visual arts for 25 years, freelance since 1992. Her publications include Linde Ivimey (UQ Art Museum, 2012) and she is co-author (with Judy Watson) of Judy Watson: blood language (Miegunyah Press, MUP, 2009) and Australian Stories: Robert Brownhall (with Virginia Rigney) (Brownhall, 2012). She contributed essays to Dark Rituals and Magical Relics (University of Sunshine Coast Gallery, 2018), Davida Allen: In the Moment (Griffith University Art Museum, 2018), Black Opium: Fiona Foley (State Library of Queensland, 2010), Forbidden: Fiona Foley (MCA Sydney and UQ Art Museum Brisbane, 2009) and many others at both institutions and commercial galleries. She has received three New Work Grants (Established) from the Australia Council of the Arts (2010, 2012, 2014). She is currently finalising a doctorate which comprises a biography of Fiona Foley (Creative Writing, University of Queensland, 2016-2018) and other projects include the recent award of a John Oxley Fellowship at the State Library of Queensland (2019-2020) with historian Matthew Wengert (toward a visual history of the Queensland Government Printing Office) and developing an exhibition on Fiona Foley (under the auspices of a 2019 Graduate Digital Fellowship at the University of Queensland). Martin-Chew also works as a public art consultant and contributes regularly to Art Collector, Art Guide, Artist Profile, Eyeline, Art Monthly and more.


Art Centre: An Ali Curung Renaissance

The lifeforce of Kaytetye Country is palpable within the works of artists from Arlpwe Art and Culture Centre.

Artist Profile: Andrew Browne

In Andrew Browne’s latest works, time is non-linear, coming and passing as water laps at the shoreline.

Remarkable Collectors: Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

We recognise the significant contributions of these different private collectors.

New Directions: Louise Forthun

Artists who have recently taken their practice somewhere different.

Collectors Love: Max Bowden

Collectors voted with their wallets at these sell-out shows.

Notable Accolades: Brenda L. Croft

We examine the work of artists who took out major prizes last year.

Cool Hunter Predictions: Gail Mabo

We’re keeping an eye on these artists in the year ahead.

Notable Accolades: Kyra Mancktelow

These accomplished artists took out major regional prizes during the year.

Collectors Love: Kunmanara Mungkuri

With sell-out shows in 2021, these artists were clearly collector favourites of the year.

Artist Profile: Dino Wilson

Weaving tradition with innovation, Dino Wilson tells old stories in new and highly sought-after ways.

Collector’s Dossier: Judy Watson

It’s rare to find the work of an artist so prolific remain as considered, poetic, and important as that of Judy Watson.

Collector’s Dossier: Judith Wright

For more than 35 years Judith Wright has explored the otherworldliness of everyday happenings.

Art Centre: Ocean Going

Reaching far-flung audiences across the globe, Erub Arts brings to light the environmental and cultural issues at play within the thriving Torres Strait Island community.

Pull Focus: Danie Mellor

Louise Martin-Chew discusses what makes Danie Mellor's work 'The life of shadows [bala wurrmburr jubaru]' work as a work of art.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Heather Straka

Watch Louise Martin-Chew in conversation with artist Heather Straka about her work 'Memoria'.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with John Walsh

Watch Louise Martin-Chew in conversation with John Walsh about ‘Immigrants, Migrants and Tangata Whenua (people of the land)'.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Martin Basher

Watch Louise Martin-Chew in conversation with artist Martin Basher about 'Untitled'.

Lifecycle of a Collector: Publish and be damned

There comes a time when a collector begins to toy with the idea of a book on their collection. Let’s examine the arguments.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Sam Holt

Watch Louise Martin-Chew in conversation with artist Sam Holt about 'Alone in that forest I stared'.

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski: Getting into Shape

Samara Adamson-Pinczewski found in Abstraction a partner for life.

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Andrew Sullivan

What makes this particular artwork WORK as a work of art?

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Sam Leach

What makes this particular artwork WORK as a work of art?

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Troy Emery

What makes this particular artwork WORK as a work of art?

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Kevin Chin

What makes this particular artwork WORK as a work of art?

VIDEO: Pull Focus with Adrienne Doig

What makes a work of art work as a work of art?

Michael Cook: Keeping up with the Joneses

Michael Cook’s latest photographic series mines the inherent racism toward Indigenous people, and the impact of materialism on community.

Vivien Anderson Gallery: Striking a Chord

Vivien Anderson remains motivated by the relationships with her artists, the strength of their ideas, and their unwavering ability to grasp the zeitgeist.

Behind the Scenes: Eye on the Prize

There are now more than 500 art prizes available to Australian artists. So, who are the real winners?

With All Due Respect: Questioning the responsibility of ensuring provenance

In this special series where we aim to speak truth to power, we ask: How much responsibility does an auction house take for the provenance of an artwork?

Emily Ferretti: Line Dancing

Emily Ferretti exhibits a new series of vibrant psychological landscape paintings in her first solo exhibition at an art fair.

Behind the scenes: Going the distance

In the midst of some significant commercial gallery milestones this year, we ask their directors: What gives a gallery staying power?

New Directions: Ildiko Kovacs

2018 brought a new process and media for abstractionist Ildiko Kovacs.

Cool Hunter Predictions: Ryan Presley

Ryan Presley is a rising star, and 2018 has been a particularly stellar year as he extends his interests in media and subjects ranging from Christianity to Operation Sovereign Borders.

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Looking for privileged access at Art Basel Hong Kong? You can buy your way in.

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art’s signature exhibition, The Asia Pacific Triennial (APT), is back this year in its ninth iteration with a glorious clash of materials and media in its presentation of new work from a multiplicity of cultures.

Sydney Contemporary 2018: Meet the gallerists

Three members of the selection committee for Sydney Contemporary 2018 have the scoop on what collectors can expect from this year’s fair.

MAF 2018 collector program details revealed

It is four years since the Melbourne Art Fair closed its doors. In its new 2018 iteration, almost everything has changed.

Behind The Scenes: Great Lengths

What is the optimum length for a successful commercial gallery exhibition?

Susan Marawarr: A Sleeping Giant

Though Susan Marawarr only paints in black and white, she tells the complex stories of her Country with dazzling effect.
Judith Wright

Collectors Love: Judith Wright

Sound is integral to Judith Wright’s installations and video work.

Teresa Baker: A Practice Shaped By Spirits

Teresa Baker’s paintings express an elaborate relationship to Country, with female perspectives and songlines.

Q+A with Franchesca Cubillo

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation chair Franchesca Cubillo on curation, conversations and community.

Victoria Reichelt: Endangered

Victoria Reichelt’s highly finessed mark-making evokes the changes encroaching on both contemporary art and modern life.
Karla Dickens

Cool Hunter Predictions: Karla Dickens

Art has been a way of having a voice, at times literally, for Karla Dickens.

Adrienne Doig: Someone Like Me

Working primarily in self-portraiture, Adrienne Doig’s portrayal of self is constantly evolving.