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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2012

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Published on Dec 1, 2011

Travelling the world, Jeff Martin's latest exhibition showcases his paintings documenting Europe and America's most revered restaurant kitchens in action, including current S.Pellegrino world number one, Noma.

"Back of House: The World" is an extension of Jeff Martin's highly successful previous exhibitions portraying the kitchens of Australia's finest restaurants in both Melbourne and Sydney.

This time Martin, an avid traveller, meandered through Europe and America with privileged access to the beauty, motion and drama of internationally renowned restaurants including Noma, Bras and Le Chateaubriand.

Martin's earlier years as a cook, waiter and restaurant owner continues to draw him back to the creative space of the commercial kitchen, and the fluidity and movement that belies its utilitarian functionality.

Unobtrusive, like a fly on the wall, Martin sketches in situ, capturing the intensity, frenetic activity, individuality and beauty of the kitchens before transposing the imagery onto canvas at his studio.

International recognition has recently seen Martin featured as guest artist of the Bogota, Columbia 2010 Food Festival and also in Athens. He is currently writing a blog for the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants website.

Jeff Martin is represented by Gould Galleries. His painting Tetsuya's from Back of House Sydney was purchased by the National Library of Australia, Canberra. Martin is widely collected in Australia and internationally.

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