Colourful landscapes and still-lifes with an abstract sensibility in oil, watercolour and prints. Plus gorgeous ceramics and stone/silver jewellery. Refreshments.
Margo has come to art following a career as a musician, songwriter and actress. Studying mainly at Putney School of Art, for the past eight years she has been passionate about making art and oil painting in particular. Margo has shown her work at Putney School of Art, winning the Oil Painting Prize there at last year’s summer show for ‘Orange Woman’. Margo has had solo exhibitions at Sprout Art Gallery, Urban Art Fair and Wandsworth Artists Open House and has recently been featured at Jonaquest Art in Greenwich. Five of her ‘Tooting Bec’ paintings were acquired by London Transport Museum as a series of limited edition prints.
Margo’s work encompasses landscape, still life and portraits with an abstract sensibility and love of colour derived from her travels, her London home and her origins in New York.
‘I love to paint with an element of surprise- an unusual composition, colour palette, subject or degree of abstraction.’
Attending a pottery evening class aged 18, on Jane's arrival to London in the early 70's, started a life-long enthusiasm for working in clay. She studied at Harrow School of Art in 1977 and obtained a Higher Diploma in Studio Pottery in 1979. She had a stall in the Apple Market in Covent Garden from 1980-1983. As well as working in a studio in Pimlico selling pots to shops, a restaurant and at Craft Fairs, she started teaching in Adult Education Institutes. This followed with other classes in Youth Clubs, Day Centres and she teaches today at Sutton College working with adults who have learning difficulties and disabilities and with children at Penwortham Primary School.
Jane has always enjoyed creating pots on the wheel and the work on display is mainly thrown. She uses a variety of clays to make bowls, bottles, jugs and vases which she decorates with surface texture, slips and Chinese glazes. In recent years Jane's focus has been on teaching and she has welcomed the opportunity to make a collection of work for Open House this year.
Semi-precious stones and beads appeal to me because of their beautiful colours. Found items and fragments that people have thought precious and saved-a broken piece of jewellery, a vintage fragment of old embroidery-are also interesting. I use silver, the most reflective metal, to meld these elements into something unique and wearable. Perhaps all this is an echo of my career as a picture restorer-mixing colour, and giving aged things new life.
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