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.

‘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.


‘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.

Art Forum – Critics’ Picks

lady in waiting

18. Oktober 2008
by Ana Finel Honigman

ELEVEN 11 Eccleston Street September 18–October 18

Martha Parsey’s exhibition, titled “Solid Gold,” exposes chilling cracks in wealth’s cool gilded surfaces. The young Cologne-based British artist’s striking series of eight new paintings presents polished and pampered blond beauties floating through unfinished and abstracted interiors. As a follow-up to Parsey’s series “The Maids,” in which she painted petulant, coltish beauties isolated in sexless maids’ uniforms or grooming their passive mistresses, “Solid Gold” is more than mere illustration of “the other half.” Its beautiful and blessed young trophies have the immaculate icy allure, languid loveliness, and chiseled perfection of haute blonds spotted in countless luxury fashion spreads and at the exclusive events convened by the supposed upper echelons of society. Yet these privileged creatures do not seem pleased or satisfied in their rarefied, hermetic world. Instead, they appear disconnected from their vague environments and, like the restless characters in Jean Renoir’s La Règle du Jeu (1939) or Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), the expressions on their elegant ice-princess faces are vacant and slightly stunned. Under the gloss of shimmering, nearly transparent metallic color that Parsey delicately applies to their faces and bodies, these creatures radiate the warmth and flexibility of marble. But beating under the paintings’ placid surfaces is a disconcerting but unmistakable tattoo of impending class warfare. Its most overt signals are occasional aggressive, thick splashes of red-streaked white, pale yellow, or off-tan. The oil paint erupts from the raw canvas and catches on a woman’s body, fur coat, or dress, like globs of phlegm spat toward fragile, skittish, brittle contemporary aristocratic creatures.

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