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Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. -Wassily Kandinsky-
Martha Rea Baker has been busy in the studio working on requested large acrylics for Allison Brown Simmons in Jackson, MS. With an eye on the collector, the gallery staff continues to request light neutrals in cream, white and grey, accented with a hint of color. Spring, a time of renewal and regeneration, is the perfect inspiration for this palette.
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Martha Rea Baker has returned from her annual painting retreat at the HCAF in Ingram, TX where she joined sixteen other artists in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. These ten days of uninterrupted studio time are a valuable creative genesis each year for the artist – a time to experiment without distractions. Working a bit smaller this year on 30″ x 30″ canvases, Martha completed the triptych below: Reflections I, II & III
The Hill Country Arts Foundation presented an exhibit of the seventeen AWOL – Artists Without Limits – painters in the beautiful Duncan-McAshan Gallery with a well-attended opening reception on January 9.Following the retreat this year Martha spent an extra week in Dallas, TX viewing the Jackson Pollock exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art, visiting friends, collectors and various galleries and attending an art exchange party with several acclaimed Dallas artists. The first three weeks of January have provided much inspiration for an exciting 2016.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is the largest survey of the artist’s black paintings ever assembled. It offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career and provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. With more than 70 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, the exhibition first introduces audiences to Pollock’s work via a selection of his classic drip paintings made between 1947 and 1950. These works serve to contextualize the radical departure represented by the black paintings, a series of black enamel paintings that Pollock created between 1951 and 1953. An unprecedented 31 black paintings are included in the DMA presentation. Exhibition works from the height of the artist’s celebrity set against his lesser known paintings offers the opportunity to appreciate Pollock’s broader ambitions as an artist, and to better understand the importance of the “blind spots” in his practice.
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Two new acrylic paintings have recently been shipped to Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS, Martha Rea Baker’s long time gallery.
Perhaps the colors of Autumn inspired these two new paintings.
Two new acrylic abstract paintings were recently shipped to Martha’s longtime gallery, Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS.
The theme of Time has been an ongoing concept inviting exploration by Martha Rea Baker for over two decades.
Dordogne was inspired by Martha’s travels in the southwestern section of France last year. A village at the base of white limestone cliffs, river reflections below and chateaux perched on top are abstractly rendered.
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Martha Rea Baker has recently returned from two weeks in Spain where she visited Bilbao, Barcelona and Malaga on the Costa del Sol. While in Malaga she created intimate encaustics on paper inspired by the light, colors and landscape of this beautiful Mediterranean coastal town.
A selection of these “poured” wax paintings is posted below.
A second, more abstract, quartet was finished the first week after Martha returned to her studio in Santa Fe, NM.
Eighteen small encaustic works on paper have been shipped to Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson MS to be debuted on November 20th at “Fondren Unwrapped”, the annual Holiday Open House.
MARTHA REA BAKER has recently finished three new acrylic paintings which incorporate paper collage and gestural lines. The use of charcoal and oil pastel in spontaneous, free-form gestures allows the artist a freedom which she enjoys. The “Gesture Paintings” are being shown at Brown’s Fine Art, Martha’s long-time gallery in Jackson, Mississippi.