Studio Visit

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Martha Rea Baker talks about her recent work for the upcoming exhibit on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These encaustic hot wax paintings are part of the new series, “Desert Rhythms” inspired by Baker’s ten years of living in the American Southwest.

Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary presents “Journey”

A Solo Exhibit by mixed media artist, Martha Rea Baker

 September 16 – September 29, 2016

 Opening Artist Reception September 16, 5-7pm

Encaustic Diptych

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“It’s not that the creative act and the critical act are simultaneous. It’s more like you blurt something out and then analyze it.” – Robert Motherwell

Motherwell’s quote describes the painting process of Santa Fe, NM artist, Martha Rea Baker. Her abstract paintings go through many stages during their creation and arrive at the finished state through the addition, subtraction and careful editing of information.

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Desert Rhythms      24″ x 36″      Encaustic on two panels

This encaustic diptych will be shown in Baker’s upcoming solo exhibit “Journey”, at Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM – Sept 16 – 29, 2016.

Martha Rea Baker Solo Exhibit

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Recently Announced: RUHLEN – OWEN CONTEMPORARY will feature MARTHA REA BAKER in a solo exhibition in their Canyon Road gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Martha Rea Baker – Mixed Media

September 16 – 29, 2016

Opening artist reception:  Friday, September 16, 5 – 7pm

Baker will be showing her abstract paintings in both encaustic and oil/cold wax.

 

 

 

 

Excavation IV

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A new abstract painting has been delivered to Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Excavation IV          72″ x 54″          Mixed Media on Canvas

Richard Diebenkorn-Notes to myself on painting

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  1. Attempt what is not certain. Certainty may or not come later. It may be a valuable delusion.
  2. The pretty initial position which falls short of completeness is not to be valued – except as a stimulus for further moves.
  3. Do search. But in order to find other than what is searched for.
  4. Use and respond to the initial fresh qualities but consider them absolutely expendable.
  5. Don’t “discover” a subject – of any kind.
  6. Somehow don’t be bored – but if you must, use it in action. Use its destructive potential.
  7. Mistakes can’t be erased but they move you from your present position.
  8. Keep thinking about Pollyanna.
  9. Tolerate chaos.
  10. Be careful only in a perverse way.

The Butterfly Effect II

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Recently delivered to Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa FE, NM is this second version of The Butterfly Effect by Martha Rea Baker.

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The Butterfly Effect                48″ x 48″               Acrylic on Canvas

Practicing Pouring

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Santa Fe artist, Martha Rea Baker, is experimenting with pouring encaustic wax onto panels. This technique achieves a translucent and fluid composition.

Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow       24″ x 6″ x 2″ each        Encaustic/mixed media

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A New Day          40″ x 30″ x 2″          Encaustic/mixed media

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A New Day II          40″ x 30″ x 2″          Encaustic/mixed media

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Nesting          12″ x 12″x 2″ each          Encaustic/mixed media

 

 

 

 

 

Encaustics shipped to Brown’s Fine Art

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Martha Rea Baker’s poured encaustics on paper are being shown in a new exhibit at Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS, opening Tuesday, May 24. 2016.

It’s not all Black and White 

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Ebb and Flow                11″ x 15″ each                Encaustic on Paper

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Gray on Gray                  11″ x 15″ each                  Encaustic on Paper

Encaustics for Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary

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Inspired by Poetry

Haiku VI and Haiku VII have been delivered to Ruhlen – Owen Contemporary in Santa Fe, NM. Each paintings measures 24″ x 24″ x 2″— encaustic on cradled panel.

 

Winter solitude                                                         The snow falls falls/

in a world of one color                                            as I watch the snow

the sound of wind                                                    I am walking/     

              Basho Matsuo                                          it cannot be otherwise

                                                                                          Teneda Santoka