// Martha Parsey Portrait


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 room to form a discourse with the image, granting them access to the inner world of the picture, whereby the pictures take on a life in the eyes and mind of the viewer.’

// Martha Parsey / vita

Martha Parsey


1973 born in London in 1973
painter and film-maker who studied at Central St Martins, the London College of Printing, the Hochschule der Künste and the German Film and Television Academy, Berlin


SOLO EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2017 Interlude II – Gesine Grundmann & Martha Parsey, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne/ D
2013 If 6 was 9, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
2012 Out on a Limb, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne/ D
2011 Chasing the Dragon, Jarmuschek & Partner, Berlin
2008 Milk of Human Kindness, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
Solid Gold, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
2006 Punch Drunk, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
The Magnificent Seven, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
2005 She Stoops to Conquer, Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt/ D
London Calling, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt/ D
2004 All things bright and beautiful, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
2002 Gone to Tea, London Institute, London/ UK
Parallel Lines, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
2001 Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D (K)
2000 Shaken and Stirred, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen/ D
Bang-Bang, Parking Meters, Cologne/ D
Up Against the Wall, TZR Galerie, Bochum/ D


GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2016 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London/ UK
Summer Salon>/i>, Lubomirov Angus Hughes Gallery, London/ UK
Face to Face, Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury/ UK
Bikini Berlin, Berlin/ D
Prospect, Galerie Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin/ D
Christmas Fancy Bazaar, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes Gallery, London/ UK
2015 Christmas Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
Kunst Positionen 015, KUNSTKULTUR Königsfeld e.V./ D
Ten Year Anniversary, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
Menschenrechte, KUNSTKULTUR Königsfeld e.V./ D
20 Jahre Kunstgruppe, Kunstgruppe, Cologne/ UK
Sunday in the Park with Ed, Display Gallery, London/ UK
2014 Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
Moving Canvas Collection, Moving Canvas Gallery, Cologne/ UK
2013 Sublime- Martha Parsey and Marc Fromm, Wolfgang Hartmann Prize, Kunstverein Wilhelmshöhe/ D
Boisdale’s Canary Wharf London/ UK
2012 Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
Die Neuen, RKB Kunstverein, Essen/ D
Portrait of the artist as…, Courtauld Institute, London/ UK
2011 Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
Matches, London W1/ UK
Eleven at Eight member’s Club, London EC2/ UK
Crossroads Hyatt Regency Hotel, London/ UK
2010 Willow weep for me, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
Eleven at 22, London SW1/ UK
Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
2009 Eleven at 100, London W1/ UK
Eleven at 42, London SW1/ UK
Selections from the Ovitz Family Collection, ASU Art Museum, Arizona/ US
Sovereign European Art Prize, Bonham’s, London/ UK
2006 Galerie Naumann, Stuttgart/ D
Luxury is…, for Financial Times/ Yves Saint Laurent, Berlin/ D
Sovereign/City Inn Hotels, London/ UK
Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London/ UK
2005 Quintessenz 5 Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
2004 Quintessenz 4, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
Chockerfuckingblocked, Jeffrey Charles Gallery, London/ UK
2003 Signatures of the Invisible, MOMA PS1, New York / US
2002 Home Stories, Deutsche Telekom, Berlin/ D
New Realism, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt/ D
5 × 5, New Saxon Gallery, Chemnitz/ D
Signatures of the Invisible, Centre de edition contemporaine, Geneve and Museu Gulbenkian, Lisbon/ P
Reprorealism, Galerie Naumann, Stuttgart/ D
3 Jahre, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne/ D
Kunst am Bau, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt/ D
Quintessenz 3, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
2001 Signatures of the Invisible, Truman Old Brewery, London/ UK
Die Volontaire, Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt/ D
Quintessenz 2 more than reality, Galerie Jarmuschek, Berlin/ D
2000 2K 2K, Jill George Gallery, London/ UK
Shaken and Stirred, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen/ D
Mais, Kultur Bunker, Cologne/ D
1999 The Figure Show, Jill George Gallery, London/ UK


COLLECTIONS (selected)

Ovitz Family Collection // The Zabludowicz Collection // Musée National d’art Moderne, Paris


FILM/TELEVISION/THEATRE (selected)

2000 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.
1998 Directed documentary film Francis Bacon in Paris, filmed at the Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou with critic and curator David Sylvester
1996 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
1995 Directed graduation film Facade, premiered at the Riverside Studios, London, and receiving a ‘special recognition’ at the Ebensee Short Film Festival
1994 Short film Samsa´s Dream
1993 Short film Major/Minor
1992 Animated film Frieze of Life
1987 Actor in the film CrossbowFrance/UK/USA with Morgan Sheppard and Brian Blessed
Actor in the film Still Dark
1986 Actor in the Channel 4 film Domestic Bliss
Actor in the play The Womenat the Old Vic Theatre, London, with Suzanna York
Actor in the BBC TV series Jury
1985 Actor in the TV Series Behind the Bike Sheds, series 1 and 2 for Yorkshire Television
1984 Actor in The Overgrown Pathwritten by Robert Holman, at the Royal Court Theatre, London
Actor in the film Supergirlwith Faye Dunaway, Helen Slater, Peter O’Toole, Peter Cook and Mia Farrow
Actor in the RSC production ofRichard IIIwith Sir Anthony Sher and Brian Blessed
1983 Actor in the film 1984 with John Hurt, Richard Burton, Cyril Cusack, Suzanna Hamilton
Actor in the ITV series Partners in Crime
1981 Actor in the film Memoirs of a Survivor’ with Julie Christie.
1980 Actor in the film A Tale of Two Cities with Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth More, Dame Flora Robson, David Suchet and Nigel Hawthorne