Martha Parsey



Martha Parsey, born in London in 1973, is a painter and film-maker who studied in London at Central St Martins and the University of the Arts and in Berlin at the University of the Arts and the German Film and Television Academy. Her films on Francis Bacon have been screened at the ICA and Hayward Gallery, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Haus der Kunst, Munich and Ordovas Gallery New York. Shortlisted for the 2003 Lexmark European Art Prize and the 2005 Sovereign European Art Prize, her paintings have been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the US and her work is in a number of prestigious collections worldwide including the Ovitz Family Collection, the Zabludowicz Collection and the Musée National d’art Moderne, Paris.

Artist’s Statement

My paintings are large and figurative, often diptychs or a number of canvasses, made without preliminary sketches or any other devices- just using my eyes and a pencil, drawing straight onto the bare canvas. Working on bare canvas means that whatever I paint remains. This gives the process of painting an element of risk, a kind of performance in the making of it. Although areas of my paintings are rendered in great detail I allow unpainted areas to give the viewer space to form a discourse with the image, whereby the pictures take on a life in the eyes and mind of the viewer.’

Selected Exhibitions:


‘FILM ON ART I ART ON FILM’. MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.


‘Fit the Slit Part 3’. Alberoni Venice.
‘Miniscule Venice’. Venice Biennale.
‘The Fight; Abstraction Vs Figuration‘. Kunstgenerator, Geneva.
‘GIANT STEPS’. MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.
Gavin Turk’s ‘Portrait of an Egg’, Photo London.
Miniscule Part 2‘. Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, Cumbria.
‘Chinese Open’. Q-Park Leicester Square, Elements Gallery, London Frieze.


‘Bacon’s Women’. Ordovas Gallery New York.
‘Protocol’. Q Park Cavendish Square London Frieze.
‘We could be Heroes’. MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.
‘Going Underground’. MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.


Phoenix‘, Stash Gallery at Vout-O-Reenee’s, London.
‘Interlude II- Martha Parsey and Gesine Grundmann’, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne.


ING Discerning Eye Exhibition’, The Mall Galleries, London.
‚Summer Salon’, Lubomirov Angus Hughes Gallery, London.
‘Face to Face’. Exhibition at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury.
‘Bikini Berlin’. Berlin.
‘Prospect’. Galerie Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin.
‘Christmas Fancy Bazaar’. Lubomirov / Angus Hughes Gallery, London.


‘Christmas Salon’. Eleven Fine Art, London.
‘Kunst Positionen 015′. Kunstkultur Königsfeld.
Ten Year Anniversary’. Eleven Fine Art, London.
‘Menschenrechte’. Kunstkultur Königsfeld.
’20 Jahre Kunstgruppe’. Kunstgruppe, Köln.
‘Sunday in the Park with Ed’. Display Gallery, London.


‘Salon’, Eleven Fine Art, London.
‘Moving Canvas Collection’. Moving Canvas Gallery, Cologne.


‘Sublime- Martha Parsey and Marc Fromm’. Wolfgang Hartmann Prize, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe
Boisdale’s Canary Wharf London.
Solo show ‘If 6 was 9. Eleven Fine Art, London.


‘Salon’. Eleven Fine Art, London.
‘Die Neuen‘ RKB Kunstverein, Essen.
‚Portrait of the artist as…’ Courthauld Institute, London.
Solo show ‘Out on a Limb‘. Die Kunstagentin, Cologne.


‘Salon’ Eleven Fine Art, London.
‘Matches’, London W1.
Eleven at Eight member’s Club‘, London EC2.
Solo show ‚Chasing the Dragon’, Jarmuschek & Partner, Berlin.
Crossroads’ Hyatt Regency Hotel, London.


Solo show, ‚Willow weep for me’. Eleven Fine Art, London.
Eleven at 22, London SW1.
Salon’ Eleven Fine Art, London.


Eleven at 100, London W1.
Eleven at 42, London SW1.


Solo show, ‚Milk of Human Kindness’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.
‚Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection’. ASU Art Museum, Arizona.
Solo show ‚Solid Gold’, Eleven Fine Art, London.
Sovereign European Art Prize, Bonham’s, London.


Galerie Naumann, Stuttgart.
Solo presentation ‘Art Frankfurt’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.
Luxury is…’. for Financial Times/ Yves Saint Laurent, Berlin.
Sovereign/City Inn Hotels, London.
‚Salon’ Eleven Fine Art, London.
Solo show, ‚Punch Drunk’, Eleven Fine Art, London.
Solo show, ‚The Magnificent Seven’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.


Solo show, ‘She Stoops to Conquer’, Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt.
‘Quintessenz 5’. Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.
Solo show ‘London Calling’. Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt.


Solo show ‚All things bright and beautiful’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.
‘Quintessenz 4’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.
Chockerfuckingblocked’. Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London.


‚Signatures of the Invisible’ MOMA PS1, New York.


Home Stories’, Deutsche Telekom, Berlin.
New Realism’, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt.
5 x 5’, New Saxon Gallery, Chemnitz.
‚Signatures of the Invisible’ Centre de edition contemporaine, Geneve and Museu Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
Solo exhibition ‘Gone to Tea’, London Institute, London.
Reprorealism’, Galerie Naumann, Stuttgart.
Solo show ‘Parallel Lines’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.
3 Jahre’, Galerie Martin Kudlec, Cologne.
Kunst am Bau’, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt.
‘Quintessenz 3’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.


‚Signatures of the Invisible’. Truman Old Brewery, London.
Die Volontaire’, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt.
Solo show, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin. (Catalogue)
Quintessenz 2 more than reality’, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin.


2K 2K’, Jill George Gallery, London.
Solo show ‘Shaken and Stirred’, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen.
Mais’, Kultur Bunker, Cologne.
Solo show ‘Bang-Bang’, Parking Meters, Cologne.
Solo show ‘Up Against the Wall’, TZR Galerie, Bochum.


The Figure Show’, Jill George Gallery, London.

Film/ Television/ Theatre


Appeared in Ken McMullen’s film ‘Lumien de Lumine’ at CERN, Geneva, shown at Atlantis Gallery, London; Tshingh University, Beijing; Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Gulbenkian Gallery, Lisbon; and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, N.Y.


Directed documentary film ‘Francis Bacon in Paris’. Filmed at the ‘Francis Bacon Retrospective’ at the Centre Pompidou with critic and curator David Sylvester.


Produced and co-directed documentary film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’. Premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and screened at the ‘Francis Bacon Retrospective’ exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Haus der Kunst, Munich, and during the exhibition ‘Francis Bacon; The Human Body’ at the Hayward Gallery, London.


Directed graduation film ‘Facade’. Premiered at the Riverside Studios, London, and receiving a ‘special recognition’ at the Ebensee Short Film Festival.


Short film ‘Samsa´s Dream’.


Short film ‘Major/Minor’.


Animated film ‘Frieze of Life’.


Appeared in the film ‘Crossbow’ France/UK/USA with Morgan Sheppard and Brian Blessed.
Appeared in the film ‘Still Dark’. UK 1987.


Appeared in the Channel 4 film ‘Domestic Bliss’ 1986.
Appeared in the play ‘The Women’ at the Old Vic Theatre, London, with Suzanna York.
Appeared in the BBC TV series ‘Jury’


Appeared in the TV Series ‚Behind the Bike Sheds’, series 1 and 2 for Yorkshire Television.


Appeared in ‘The Overgrown Path’ written by Robert Holman, at the Royal Court Theatre, London.
Appeared in the film ‘Supergirl’ with Faye Dunnaway, Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole, Peter Cook and Mia Farrow.
Appeared in the 1984 RSC production of ‘Richard III’ with Sir Anthony Sher and Brian Blessed


Appeared in the film ‘1984’ with John Hurt, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Suzanna Hamilton.
Appeared in the ITV series ‘Partners in Crime’ 1983


Appeared in the 1981 film ‘Memoirs of a Survivor’ with Julie Christie.


Appeared in the 1980 film ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ with Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth More, Dame Flora Robson, David Suchet and Nigel Hawthorne.


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