"Come with passion, openness and with an empty mind, and you may yet set foot upon infinite roads of wonder." (Phillip Martin 1981)
Phillip Martin is little known in Australia, having spent most of his life abroad. Born in 1927 in England, he commenced painting at the Abbey Art Centre in London where he was greatly encouraged by Alan Davie. In 1950 he met Helen Marshall, his life partner and collaborator. In 1951 Martin painted his first "Affiches" on packing paper - "Affiches" were to become the central theme of his work. Martin and Marshall travelled extensively throughout Europe and later India. They left for Sydney in 1969, where he created his second reliefs in wood. They spent the 1970s in Lake Como, India, Paris and Milan, returning to live in Sydney in 1979 where Martin painted his important series Change Worlds.