Martha A. Wade
Oil, Acrylic on Canvas and Wood
Oak Park, IL

Martha A. Wade is a self-taught artist from Chicago who has always carried a deep passion for art making.  Her painting style utilizes whimsical dreamlike themes of fantasy, with a touch of reality.  In her newest body of work, she depicts images of children with spirit animals in the series titled Childhood Dreams and Conquered Fears.  The message speaks to the strength of children, who can be fearless.

One can usually find star constellations hidden in Martha’s work - as her way of showing we are made of stardust.  Her art seeks to uplift spirits by giving a glimpse of what people can achieve at our highest potential.  Her tapestry of everyday people with rustic elements of fantasy suggest that common ground exists, where everyone is empowered to fulfill their dreams.

Martha learned to create at the foot of her artist father, Eugene “Eda” Wade.  She has gone on to create over 200 paintings on wood and canvas.  Today her paintings have a bold and vibrant style that explores mankind's potential on earth and throughout the universe.  Martha’s work can be found in private collections nationally in the United States as well as internationally in Scotland, Ireland, and Sweden.

Martha is co-owner of Galleryna19 in the Oak Park Arts District.  Galleryna19 is a fine art gallery dedicated to showcasing the works of emerging, and mid-career artists to align multiple cultures and provide a venue where artists come together to create and collaborate.


The Collaboration of Sexy, 2015
Collaborative Works by Martha A. Wade and Reisha

An irreverent spin on sexuality, exploitation, and the right to be more than what meets the eye. The works stems from the artists' desire to contrast societal beauty standards and sexuality with a familiar character viewed by many as comical and even intimidating.  The junction of personalities, proficiencies, styles, and experiences contributes to a diverse body of work that addresses a multitude of motifs. The artistic medley occurred in movement of color and styles, generating a hybrid of expression. Conjointly, Martha and Reisha depict the continual conversation of sexuality by blending two voices into several images.


In this body of work, Martha creates a fantasy of humans made from stardust, who uplift our spirits by giving us a glimpse of what people can achieve at their highest potential.  Her tapestry of famous and everyday people suggest that common grounds exist, where everyone is empowered to fulfill their dreams.

"We are all connected, to each other and to the universe.  If you look closely into our eyes, you can see the same cluster of stars and particles as seen deep in the universe.  People are capable of great things, if they only realize we are made of the same matter as stars.  I hope that art lovers will connect with my work and feel inspired by the positive images of humanity.  This collection is a view of the world at the highest potential.  The purpose of my artwork is to share love and light through creativity, as a way of genuinely engaging with the world as a real contributor."   - Martha A. Wade

Dangerous Babes, 2013

Bread & Circus, 2013

"Bread and circuses" – A phrase used by a Roman writer to deplore the declining heroism of Romans after the Roman Republic ceased to exist and the Roman Empire began: “two things only the people anxiously desire — bread and circuses.” The government kept the Roman populace happy by distributing free food and staging huge spectacles.  The term has become a convenient general term for government policies that seek short-term solutions to public unrest.

Connected Souls, Crazy Love