Martha Hayden
These paintings are about making art.  Still Life from visual perception is combined with pictorial “quotations” from Velasquez, Masaccio, Manet, Titian and others.  I intend my painting to be both realistic and abstract; on that elusive edge between there and not there. I want realism and abstraction to take turns.  I want a painting sometimes very evocative of time and place, sometimes overwhelming in abstract structure. I want a big interior space that draws the viewer in with logic of its own.  I try to create excitement while ordering chaos.
These paintings are a personal statement about the creative processes.  They move both in and out of space and back and forth in time. Painting from observation, while considering the works of others, fuels the engine of expression and results in a synthesis of ideas that are both reflective and current. By both imposing and finding, the paintings encourage the viewer to think and reflect. The aggressive will to compose and the passive pleasure of seeking combine to make comments on thinking, seeing, creating and painting.

Allegories
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
In My Studio
2017
oil on linen

Diptych. Self Portrait combined with window landscape and still life commerates my New York Studio and the 24 years I worked there.
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
The Allegory of Art
oil on linen
54 x 70

It has been my practice to make one of these large painting to sum up each year, but often they took more than a year to finish..
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
The Allegory of Work
2015-16
oil on linen
54 x 70

In this self portrait, I stand with my landscape and my still life while a Picasso Harlequin observes.
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
The Tempest
oil on linen
54 x 70

The studio, combined with a quote from Titian/Giorgione.
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
Self Portrait
oil on linen
54 x 70

The first of my large Allegories. It is part of my (Vanitas) series which reflects upon aging. A Self Portrait with a still life of the things that surround me and work their way into my paintings, highlight the reflective passage of time and represents the introspective reconsidering that is part of growing older.
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
Luncheon in the Studio
oil on linen
54 x 70

Equal opportunity nudity in this introduction of Manet's "Luncheon on the Grass" into my world.
Martha Hayden Allegories oil on linen
The Allegory of Painting
oil on linen
54 x 70

A painting about making paintings. There are quote from Velasquez, and my good friend the painter, Rosemarie Beck.
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