Biography

My development as a painter has its roots in the plastic arts, in printmaking, and in performance art. I was nurtured by Chicago’s rich cultural scene where good art and great mentors abound. I was tutored by - and left with lasting impressions of - such prominent Chicago artists as, Bebe Krimmer, Ed Paschke, Peggy MacNamara, Frieda Hogan and Jim Zanzi.

After attending the Art Institute of Chicago and receiving my BFA from Barat College in LakeForest, Illinois, I concentrated on dance and choreography. I combined these explorations with prop and set design and created gallery installations for performance art. My love of form, movement, and meaning is as prevalent in my painting as it is in my choreography. Dance has greatly affected the quality of gesture in my work. This is also why nonobjective/abstract painting is my genre; like choreography, it is a pure, transcendent, and original language - one that is inherently replete with myth and magic. It is the language of the imagination that best describes our deepest reality; that place of profound integration where the “dancer becomes the dance.”

Throughout the 1990s, and up to the present, paintings and installations have been my major focus. I began to work large scale in 1988 when I founded a fine art mural and design company that specialized in unique art applications geared toward enhancing both interior and exterior architecture. The Company, now called MC2 The Science Of Design, has since grown into a commercial spatial design, art installation, and exhibition design team. Thankfully, this has given me the opportunity to work with and help develop other career artists, to create a following for my art, to work in latex and acrylic, and it has expanded my understanding of composition, spatial awareness, and color theory beyond any formal training. Experience is a masterful teacher.

Art is a life long commitment, which includes my on-going interest in large scale installations as well as creating paintings. My avid interest in color, movement, unique form and content, and how these elements combine to reflect unconscious perceptions, is a perpetual study that will take me many joyful years to decipher. I have chosen a medium (latex and acrylic) that completely suits the development of this particular visual exploration and I am looking forward to pursuing it as far as it will take me.

- Martha Channer