Martha Hope Carey

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Ceres
Ceres

oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Withstanding
Withstanding

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Tether
Tether

charcoal, ink and glaze

36" x 48"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Sequencing
Sequencing

oil on canvas, 42" x 60"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Compression
Compression

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Lovesong
Lovesong

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled The Geometers
The Geometers

oil on canvas, 30” x 30”

Original artwork by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled The Allatian Book
The Allatian Book

oil on canvas, 40" x 60"

I work in oils and paint on heavy canvas secured to handmade 2-inch deep stretcher frames. I paint abstractions about my reactions to the world, to others, to ideas, and to my own history. Abstraction allows me to forego the standard tools used to convey the seen, or communicate through recognizable forms. Everything in what I paint - about a distant moon or about another person's very last idea - is my intention, there as proof to the painter that an inner life exists, and as a reiteration that an inner life matters, that comprehension is possible, that reflection is a necessity.

I was raised in Connecticut and earned my BA from Carleton College, my MA from Simmons College, and my PhD from Temple University. I independently studied photography, design, and drawing, and am a self-taught painter. I have had solo and group shows in venues in the Philadelphia region including at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Plastic Club, Jed Williams Gallery, and DaVinci Art Alliance, as well as group and solo shows in Seattle (from 2001 to 2009) at: Forgotten Works, Artists Gallery, Oasis Art Gallery, Art/NOT Terminal, Arts West, Gallery 6311, Queen Hotel Studios, Patricia Cameron Gallery, and the PONCHO Art Auction.