At The Mercy Of The Maid, 2010, oil on canvas, 140 x 110 cm.
Without A Paddle, 2010, oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm.
Don’t Call Me Babe, 2011, oil on canvas, 300 x 280 cm.
Mellow Yellow, 2010, oil on canvas, 160 x 140 cm.
Out On A Limb, 2009, oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm.
Out To Lunch, 2008, oil on canvas, 140 x 120 cm.
Mandarin, 2009, oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm.
Vacant, 2009, oil on canvas, 110 x 100 cm.
About The Artist
Some of Martha Parsey’s languorous characters have the fascinating power of unapproachable heroines, others the attractiveness of the woman-child, but all have an undeniable, almost hypnotic charisma. Reinforced by the neutral background of the raw canvas from which they emanate, the figures are infused with a strong sculptural quality. Their flesh is bursting with sensuality, in sheer contrast to the severe lines of their abstract backdrop. Much of the potency of Parsey’s work resides in the intense and carefully orchestrated interplay between the figures and their environment, creating a theatre or field of action united by an intense graphic curiosity and a matching painterly gift. Strong linear patterns surround the figures, with the background acting like a map of paths taken and abandoned, feelings charted or compartmentalized in an inner landscape.