Lily Mae Martin is an Australian born visual artist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, upon which she was awarded the Lionel Gell Traveling Scholarship and subsequently moved to Berlin, where her practice is currently based.
The basis of Lily's style grew from a strong focus on human anatomy and etching styles, however traveling hindered her ability to access a press. She subsequently developed a technique to replicate the printmaking style using felt tipped ink pens; building up layers and layers of line to create tone and form. More recently her practice has swung toward a focus on oil painting and portraiture. Although Lily states that her intention is not to unsettle the viewer, she portrays people in an honest, raw and emotional way that often has been described as "confronting" and "brutally beautiful".
Influences include Jenny Saville and Lucian Freud.
Steve Cox Drawing Prize 2008, Lionel Gell Traveling Scholarship 2008