Artist: Marta Wiley
Medium: Mixed Media On Canvas Image Size: 28.5" X 27.5"
Marta Wiley’s (formerly Gottfired) art is colourful, captivating and as varied as the artist herself. Born in Mexico City, Wiley is of European, Irish and Cherokee descent. As a child, there was a wild streak in young Marta that her grandmother, also an artist helped channel into fine arts. Time and maturity have not stifled the childhood energy and verve of this artist. Willey’s passions run as deeply and soulfully as her dignified figurative creations.
Her inspirations follow varied paths - from the mystical and mythological experimental films of Maya Daren, to the far-reaching expanses of Carlos Castenada's writing to meditation and self-imposed discipline. These inspirations are all evidenced through her art - the dreamlike and alluring figuratives, the romantic, fantastical quality of her settings, the bold texturing and decisive detailing. All combine to produce a piece that is equally seductive as contemplative.
Wiley credits her grandmother with teaching her everything she knows about painting. Additional influences are the work and technique of Sargent, Edvard Munch, and Kathe Kollowitz. Wiley was formally trained at Otis Parsons School of Design. While her idealistic time periods are the Renaissance and the time of Atlantis, her peeves centre on much more temporal subjects - whiners, complainers and bullies. If current acclamation of her work is any indication, Wiley, or at least her art, won't have anything to worry about.