Rowena Martinich is a Surfcoast based artist, renowned for her use of radiant colour in abstract expressionist paintings and public art. Rowena paints in a multitude of architectural contexts; embellishing foyers, commercial interiors, entire building facades, transitory spaces as well as residential interiors.
In November 2017, Rowena Martinich and Geoffery Carran were commissioned by the Niddrie Traders Association to create a large landmark mural at the gateway to the Niddrie shopping precinct.
The scale of this wall gave Rowena the opportunity to explore dynamic and bold mark-making and colour-fields with rollers and scissor lift. In planning the composition, consideration was given to the visibility of this mural, which can be viewed from a kilometre up the road, or closer from the main tram-stop, carpark or local library.
Geoffrey Carran took a conservation stance in painting a regent honeyeater. This critically endangered species would once have inhabited the area to feed on yellow box forest. The striking regent honeyeater perches proudly as it surveys the community.
This project was made possible with a grant from the Moonee Valley Council and administered by Matter of Fact Agency.