Louise Martin-Chew has worked as a freelance writer, specialising in the visual arts and design, since 1992. Prior to that she worked in Sydney in exhibitions and publications management (Art Exhibitions Australia 1985-89), becoming Editorial Manager of Art & Australia quarterly journal 1990-92.
Since 1992 she has contributed regularly to national art magazines, newspapers and catalogues and was Brisbane art critic for The Australian newspaper 1997-2009. She has contributed to and authored books on Australian artists Judy Watson (2008), Fiona Foley (2009 and 2019), Stephen Hart (2011) and Robert Brownhall (2012), with her monograph Linde Ivimey (UQ Art Museum, 2012) launched at a survey of Ivimey’s sculpture at UQ Art Museum in late 2012. She was awarded a doctorate in 2019 from the University of Queensland (Creative Writing) for a biography of Indigenous artist Fiona Foley.