Crossing the boundaries in art can be stimulating. In this series of paintings I'm combining the ancient art of batik with the more modern medium of acrylic painting. Four years ago I began to create batiks and develop paintings around them.
The contrast between the free gesture of batik and the controlled planning of the composition is an important element to me.
Drawing with hot wax has to be done quickly which brings freedom of expression. Once completed, the batiks are de-constructed in some ways by the other components of the painting. The painted shapes are always organic rather that geometric, and their outlines create a bas relief by the use of fiber, adding another dimension. The last stage to be resolved is the modification of colour and tone.
My main interest in abstract painting involves dealing with this combined challenge of structure and colour. The outcome is always unexpected. The work proceeds through layering, and intuition is integral throughout.
For me, a painting must evolve slowly in this way to have depth and any chance of originality. In my work, my aims are always the same: to have rhythm and harmony in the composition and to be evocative rather than descriptive. The paintings are never 'abstracted from' nature, but are rather, a product of it in the form of imagination. To me, abstraction can be the closest to 'reality' as everything is made up of patterns of form, colour and texture, right down to the microscopic level.
Marguerite received her Master of Fine Art degree from the University of North Dakota, U.S.A., her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, U.K., and her Diploma in Fine Art from Vesper George School of Art, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. She has taught Painting at the Bristol School of Art, the Open College of the Arts, and the Bristol Folk House.
New Works, Artifact, New York, N.Y.(U.S.A.), 2013
Paintings, Third Street Gallery, Grand Forks, N.D.(U.S.A.), 2007
Paintings, Farnham Maltings, Surrey, 2007
Colour and Relief, Woolston Gallery, Bradford, 2002
Woodcut Paintings, Rood Contemporary Fine Art, Bristol, 2002
Woodcut Paintings, Creative Space, Worthing, 2002
Painting on Canvas & Fibre, M.F.A. Exhibition, U.N.D.(U.S.A.),1980
Driven to Abstraction, Guild Gallery, Bristol, 2017
A Place In Between, Espacio Gallery, London, 2017
Winter Open, Oriel Q.Gallery, Narberth,(Wales), 2016,
National Society Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, 2016
Summer Open, Oriel Q.Gallery, Narberth,(Wales), 2016
Driven to Abstraction, 44AD Gallery, Bath, 2015
Winter Exhibition, Oriel Q.Gallery, Narberth, (Wales), 2015
National Society Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, 2015
Driven to Abstraction, Guild Gallery, Bristol, 2014
Driven to Abstraction, Philadelphia Street Gallery, Bristol, 2013
National Society Annual Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, 2012
Flights of Fancy, Fringe Art Bath, 2012
Bana Openview, Walcott Chapel Gallery, Bath, 2011
Driven to Abstraction, The Octagon at Milsom Place, Bath, 2011
The Silent Auction, The Bristol Gallery, 2011
Painting & Making 2, The Guild Gallery, Bristol, 2010
Art For Life, The Octagon at Milsom Place, Bath, 2010
North Dakota Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Forks, N.D.(U.S.A.), 2010