D’où venons-nous? Que sommes-nous? Où allons-nous? 3 x 10 metres. Oil on canvas.


Martha Parsey, born in London, is a painter and film-maker who studied Fine Art and Film at Central St Martins College of Art, the University of the Arts London, the University of the Arts Berlin and the German Film and Television Academy.

Her films on Francis Bacon, screened at the ICA and Hayward Gallery, London, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Haus der Kunst, Munich and at Ordovas Gallery, New York, led to a lasting collaboration with David Sylvester.

Shortlisted for the Lexmark European Art Prize and the Sovereign European Art Prize, her paintings have been exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and the US, with her work in a number of prestigous collections including the Ovitz Family Collection, the Zabludowicz Collection and the Musée National d’art Moderne, Paris. 

In 2018 Martha founded MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.

She is currently working on the publication of David Sylvester’s unedited and unpublished interviews with Francis Bacon 1971-1979.


‘I like Martha Parsey’s paintings for their electric charge,

their bitter taste and their threat of erotic danger’.

David Sylvester


Photo: Oliver Abraham

Current exhibition:


Currently showing at MPHQ Project Space Martha’s two films on Francis Bacon, ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’ and ‘Francis Bacon in Paris’ to mark the 30 years since Francis Bacon’s death on 28th April 1992.

Both films have previously been screened in major Bacon exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, the Haus der Kunst, Munich, the Hayward Gallery, London and at Ordovas Gallery, New York.

The exhibition runs from 29th March until 21st May 2022 and kicks off with an online exhibition, with further screenings, seminars and artist’s talks to follow.