Martha Hayden

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Studio Location
Self Portrait, oil on linen, 30 x 24
Self Portrait, oil on linen, 54 x 70
The Allegory of Painting, oil on linen 54 x 70
An Allegory of Grief, oil on linen, 40 x 42
Book I, oil on linen, 50 x 42
Artist's Statement

My painting is both realistic and abstract; it is on that elusive edge between there and not there. On first look everything is in place, then all dissolves. I want realism and abstraction to take turns. I want a painting sometimes very evocative of time and place, sometimes overwhelming in abstract, structural logic.

I look for a surprise, a drama, a different way of seeing. Each painting is a new work. I look for the relatedness of everything, trying not to see anything for itself alone, but as a part of the whole. I try to create excitement while ordering chaos.

I try to make paintings that are unusual, that utilize a different interior space. In this context, my subjects take on meanings other than the accustomed ones. They are more than still life or landscape; they are comments on thinking and seeing.


Martha Hayden, graduate of the school of the Art Institute, Chicago, received a Foreign Traveling Fellowship for study in Austria with the Expressionist painter, Oskar Kokoschka, and won their top award .

She is included in many public collections, including those of the Museo do Arte Moderno, Sao Paulo, Brazil, California College of Arts and Crafts, the Brooklyn Museum and the British Museum Library.

She has shown at the Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Wustum Museum, Racine (WI), Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio, El Paso (TX) Museum. Her work has been in over 450 regional and national exhibitions.

She received grants from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and The Joyce Dutka Foundation. She was invited to paint at Chateau Klots, Brittany, France. and had fellowships at Cill Rialaig, Ballinskellig, Kerry, Ireland, and at The Museum of the Center of Europe, Vilnius, Lithuania.