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Margaret Pettee Olsen

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Rochester, New York


Columbia University, 1986, BFA
RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), 1995, MA

abstract, RISD, contemporary- painting abstract



Painting is relegating chaos to reification. Painting is a grappling with entropy and a representation of that encounter.

I create paintings with reflective and interference acrylics, building and destroying layers, crafting color-shifting surfaces that change depending on the purchase of the viewer.

Margaret Pettee Olsen


Margaret Pettee grew up in Rochester, New York. She identified early as an artist and was interested in both visual and performing arts. Her nascent concerns with ideas beyond the politics of the body trained her focus on painting. She went on to attend the Rhode Island school of Design. Pettee moved to Manhattan in 1988 and began working with a range of established artists and their work in SoHo. While these experiences indirectly influenced her work, Pettee began to developing her own sense of the possibilities of painting.

Pettee was critical in establishing a print studio, Oberon Press, Ltd, in TriBeCa, curating the entire stable of prominent artists.

Pettee Olsen is a active artist, presently working on projects in the Denver area.  


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