Artist profile

Location Shellharbour

Artist Type Professional


My work draws from traditional fairytale iconography but disavows the hero vs monster trope, instead placing my figures in harmony to depict that we all have monsters, but we can befriend them, care for them, and live with them.

  • About

    Utilising fairytale iconography to depict a sense of harmony, self love and acceptance - my work seeks to tell a story through static imagery, so you "read" them as if you read a book, with each little detail lending itself to the next.

    All my work is hand drawn with pigment ink and rendered with love.

    The crux of the work being the idea that through self love and harmony towards our own "monsters," we may begin to shed light on our own shadows. My work is informed by my own journey, and maybe you can see your journey in there too.
    Madi (Tamer of Monsters)

  • Biography

    My name is Madison Martin and I'm a professional fine artist and technical illustrator, small business owner and teacher, finalist at the Du Rietz Art Awards in 2022 and a pro at running with scissors.

    I'm from the Blue Mountains but am now living in my new home of Shellharbour and running Dragonfly Art & Tuition.

    I hold a Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture, a Bachelor of Arts (Honour), and am working towards my Master of Primary Teaching.

  • Awards & Career highlights

    2019 - Attained Bachelor of Fine Art and Visual Culture

    2017 - Exhibited and sold work at the premier Etsy Made Local at the Normal Lindsay Gallery

    2020 - Completed my honours thesis, "what I learned from my Monsters" with Curtin University with upper second class Honours

    2022 - Du Rietz Award Finalist for my works "Growth" and "I See You"

    2022 - Established Dragonfly Art & Tuition and am active in delivering creative workshops, pop ups and events to children, adults, and seniors in the Illawarra.

  • Studio Address

    2/9 Lorikeet Place
    Blackbutt NSW 2529

    Please contact the artist to arrange your visit.

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