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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.
Martha has recently finished two 36″ square canvases for Brown’s Fine Art in Jackson, MS. Pink Field I & Pink Field II work as a diptych, a pair or individually and were inspired by a recent commission that Martha completed for a Brown’s collector.
Martha Rea Baker has recently delivered new paintings to galleries that represent her work.
Formation was delivered to Karan Ruhlen Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This large acrylic is part of Martha’s ongoing Canyon Walls Series and reflects the strong light and colors of the American Southwest.
Giverny Impression II employs the softer, cooler palette favored by her gallery and collectors at Browns Fine Art in Jackson, Mississippi. Allison Brown Simmons, co-owner of the gallery, has also had requests from clients for this square format.
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STUDIO TRES PICOS
Welcome to Studio Tres Picos, the studio of Martha Rea Baker in the Art Barns at Old Road Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico! From this site the artist will keep you informed on new work, exhibitions and events. What a joy to be painting in an area so rich in history and culture!
Martha is a visual artist creating abstract paintings in oil/cold wax, acrylic and encaustic.
With her move to Santa Fe in 2006, came an opportunity to study the art of painting with hot wax. Encaustic is an ancient medium of melted beeswax and resin, fused with heat. The luminosity, depth, and richness of color achieved by working with this process is difficult to duplicate in any other medium.
Encaustic Desert Cadence
Martha has also added the process of mixing Gamblin cold wax medium with oil paint to achieve a rich textural surface. This mixture has proven excellent for expressing the passage of time and its effects on our environment.