BACON’S HISTORIES: Study for a Portrait

The third part in Martha Parsey’s film trilogy

BACON’S HISTORIES: Study for a Portrait. © Martha Parsey

Currently in post-production ‘BACON’S HISTORIES: Study for a Portrait’, is the third part in Martha Parsey’s film trilogy on Francis Bacon. The film explores the influence of the Histories, namely the Greek dramas, Egyptian sculpture, poetry and literature on Francis Bacon; both in his style and choice of subject matter. The film is underscored by previously unpublished interviews with Francis Bacon as well as recitations from Alec Guiness, John Gielgud and Richard Burton of the literature that so strongly influenced him: T.S. Eliot and Shakespeare.

BACON’S HISTORIES I Study for a Portrait. A cinematic artwork in 8 parts.
60 minutes. Written and directed by Martha Parsey
Shot on location in Greece, Paris, London, Spain, South Africa, Egypt and Germany.
Language: English, German, French, Greek, Russian. Subtitles in English.

Shakespeare’s Ghost

Private Conversations I Private Recordings

Martha Parsey and Ken McMullen in conversation in ‘Shakespeare’s Ghost’. © Martha Parsey

SHAKESPEARE’S GHOSTshot on location in Greece, is a 20-minute film exploring the evolution of Shakespeare, the creation of the Shakespearean legend and questions of artistic originality through Derrida, Marx and Psychoanalysis. An informal conversation between Martha Parsey and Ken McMullen charts contrasting readings and interpretations, anchored in Ken McMullen’s most recent film Hamlet Within and his forthcoming cinematic work on Lear Head of State. Written and directed by Martha Parsey. Produced by MPHQ Pictures. Supported by Edge Hill University, Liverpool.

Hamlet Within

Ian McKellen in Ken McMullen’s Hamlet Within. © Ken McMullen

Five acts in search of a murderous prince

Starring Ian McKellen, John Shrapnel, Ben Turner, Lex Shrapnel, Gabriella Wright, Jacques Derrida, Dominique Pinon and Martha Parsey. Written and directed by Ken McMullen. Produced by Art Cinema, Scape Productions and Twenty One Productions.

Hamlet Within is a radical cinematic investigation into the myth of Hamlet, its origins and its enduring appeal across cultures and systems of beliefs. Drawing on post-modernist movements in Art, History, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis the work asks the question’why Hamlet’? and indeed ‘why now’?

In 2018 Martha set up the MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne. All information about the exhibitions can be found on

Here are some of the previous exhibitions:

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14. Forum for Media Design, Cologne

Speaking as part of the 14. Forum for Media Design, Cologne at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst. The talk can be heard on WDR Radio here.

Technische Hochschule, Cologne

Seminar ‘Bacon’s Women’ for the MA course at the Technische Hochschule, Technology Arts and Sciences, Cologne on the role of women in Bacon’s oeuvre.

Courthauld Institute, London

Screening of my film ‘Bacon in Paris’ for the MA Curating Course at the Courthauld Institute during the exhibition ‘Portrait of the Artist as…’ with a seminar about role of the curator and critic in an artists career development.

Une Go

70 x 60 cm
Oil on canvas
Private Collection


80 x 60 cm
Oil on canvas


70 x 50 cm
Oil on canvas

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Ordovas Gallery, New York

‘Bacon’s Women’ at Ordovas Gallery, New York, including my film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’, is an exhibition of Bacon’s paintings of Henrietta Moraes, Isabel Rawsthorne and Muriel Belcher. The exhibition includes three short films and the original photographs of John Deakin and Irving Penn @ Ordovas Gallery, 9 East 77th Street, NY. More info on the gallery website here.

We could be Heroes


Heroes card copy**
SUMMER SALON I ‘We could be Heroes’ opening Friday 13th July 6-9pm.
Painting Print Photography Sculpture Light Obejects Video. A coup d’état by Martha Parsey.
MPHQ Project Space London I Cologne.

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‘Phoenix’ at Stash Gallery, London

Exhibition and auction raising funds for the Grenfell Tower Community with work by Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Patrick Hughes, Bob & Roberta Smith, Brian Eno, Sarah Lucas, Cedric Christie, Pure Evil, DNA Factory…me, and many more. Your bid goes to help survivors of Grenfell Tower, so get down to Vout-O-Reenee’s in Whitechapel. For more information, click here.


Going Underground

Opening Preview of MPHQ Project Space showing painting, prints and fashion from Martha Parsey.
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Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon

Co-directed and produced documentary film ‘Model and Artist; Henrietta Moraes and Francis Bacon’. Screened at the ICA, Centre Pompidou Paris and Haus der Kunst Munich.

Meeting Francis Bacon in London in the Sixties, Henrietta Moraes became his most frequent female subject in both portraits and as the model for his larger works. Filmed during the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery, London, Henrietta recalls her impression of the artist. Intercut with archive footage of Bacon in interview, these interviews form a final dialogue between artist and model.

‘Face to Face’ Gainsborough’s House

GH Images

Andrew Lambirth’s collection on view at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, including my painting ‘Gainsborough Girls’ and the polymer gravure, made for this exhibition. Exhibition with Allan Jones, R.B. Kitaj, Augustus John, Leon Kossoff, Walter Sickert and Maggie Hambling. Running till October.

Kontrast Cologne

Exhibition at Kontrast, Cologne, with Cologne artists and photographers: Gerhard Richter, Candida Höfer, Benjamin Katz, Boris Becker, Albrecht Fuchs.


Wolfgang Hartmann Prize Exhibition: ‘Sublime’

‘Chasing the Dragon’ at the Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe, Germany. Exhibition runs until October 27th.

‘Sublime: Martha Parsey / Marc Fromm’ opening 20th September 2013 at 8pm. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition that has won the Wolfgang Hartmann Prize 2013 with curator Stefanie Lenk.

Halle am Wasser, Berlin


Responding to the scale of the gallery Jarmuschek and Partner, (a former warehouse situated at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin), we are showing ‘Chasing the Dragon’: a nine-part polyptych over twelve metres long stretching through the Halle am Wasser, Berlin.

Exhibition runs until July 23rd.

‘Lumen de Lumine’

Lumin de Lumine

Appeared in the film ‘Lumen de Lumine’ 2001, directed by Ken McMullen and screened 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 Centre NY.

Shot on location in Particle Accelerator Number One, CERN, Geneva. Lumen de Lumine is a meditation on solitude. A motion picture playing with quantum theory, the nature of light and near-miss particle collisions.

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