Martin Cole’s interest and pleasure of the natural world direct his themes and his environmental concerns led him to work with found materials. His artworks, referred to as assemblages, are shaped as much by the objects used as the creature depicted. Cole’s insects, birds and frogs come to life formed from objects of a previous life, a doorknob, coin or cutlery. Varying metals are skilfully welded together creating interesting patinas and textures.
He studied Fine Arts at East Sydney Technical College in 1989 and has been working with metal for around 8 years and lives in Lyttelton.