Martin Poppelwell was born in Hawke’s Bay in 1969 and currently resides in Napier. He studied at Otago University, and at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University until 1991. His practice has a visual language all of its own – graphic, illustrative and humorous he extends this across drawing, painting, pottery, printmaking and installation work. His pots begin as an exploration of the everyday but push well beyond functionality. They inform his painting, sometimes creating a fascinating conversation between the two. Language and colour also offer a playful tongue-in-cheek casualness that reflects contemporary life, and dissolve quite knowingly some of the boundaries we might feel around art.
Recent solo shows include Index, The Central Christchurch, 2019; The Edge of the Alphabet, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch, 2019; P2, SPA_CE Napier, 2019; P2, SPA_CE, 2019; Lost to the Horizon, Melanie Roger Gallery, 2018.
Poppelwell‘s work is held in Te Papa Tongarewa collection; MTG Hawke’s Bay; Lawrence B. Benenson Collection, New York.