Marta Utsler


Marta Utsler was born in England and moved to the United States aged 5. She was raised in northwest Indiana, just outside of Chicago, Illinois, where drawing was a childhood passion. Later she became interested in photography and took courses from 1980 to 1982 at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Indiana. She also attended life drawing classes.

In 2001, she became aware of the Artist Relocation Program in Paducah, Kentucky (Paducah, designated a UNESCO Creative City), which was attracting many artists from all over the United States. After renovations were completed on the historic brick building, 520 Studio/Gallery was established in 2004. Marta worked on her art, managed her own gallery for 4 years, and exhibited her work in various other galleries.

In addition to painting, Marta has worked with Michael G. Crouse, Master Printer and Director of Yeiser Art Center, producing limited edition, stone lithographs from 2007 to 2009. This allowed her to continue exploration in graphic black and white abstractions, using litho crayons on the polished surface of Bavarian limestone.

In 2010, she returned to the UK and lived in London for a time; then, discovering St. Ives in Cornwall as a renowned art community, she was based, and exhibited her work there, for 4 ½ years, before moving up to Scotland; Marta currently lives and works in Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland.

Marta’s work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia, including work owned by a member of the prominent Guggenheim family in New York.

I am an abstract painter and the medium I use is primarily acrylic. Because my procedures are unplanned, I build up the paint with layers to create surface texture, altering and adding what is most essential to the development of the work. Through this editing process an application may be rejected because it might become unrelated to the whole of the piece, forcing me to probe new approaches to modify an existing idea.

My marks have true purpose that translate into a unique form and ultimately into the final interpretation. From there, an impression is created and I believe my work has a passionate yet quiet drama, at times intense while at other times sentimental, with an awareness of place and a sense of atmosphere. I continually push my limits,
which transform me and allow me to evolve further.

Marta Utsler