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Margaret Montgomery

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New York City

Lives in
New York City

Works in


New York University, BA
The Art Students League of New York
National Academy School

figurative, realism

Margaret Montgomery: Bio & Statement.

About The Artist:

Margaret Montgomery is a New York City based artist.  She works primarily from life, in a representational mode.  Although,she sometimes uses photos she has taken as source material, most of her cityscapes/landscapes were done on site, in venues around the city.  The influence of living in a big, and often impersonal place can be seen in Montgomery's approach to cityscapes.  However, even her still lifes project a psychological distance----a sense of anonymity----even while drawing the viewer in.

Some Thoughts:

I work exclusively with watercolor nowadays.  It has a translucent, luminous quality that is unique to the medium.  Watercolor, also, best captures a transitional quality, which is one aspect of the physical world that I wish to express in my paintings. My main artistic concern is with the surface appearance of reality.  I try to capture the essence of phenomena.  Taking a somewhat reductionist approach, I focus on the basic mass, colors and tonal values of my subject matter, relying on the play of light and shadow to create form.

The Main challenge for a representational painter is to translate the three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface.  The way I approach that problem is by emphasizing spatial relationships----regardless of whether the subject is a landscape, still life or figure.  The relation of form to form is what gives a painting structure.  And, that in turn, provides the context for the subject matter.  The forms do not exist independently, only in the context of their relationship to other forms.  The result is paintings that have been deliberately constructed, creating a powerful sense of the physical world.

It is my hope that my paintings have an impact on the way the viewer percieves physical phenomena.  Painting is a re-imagining of physical reality after all; therefore, the success of any work of art can be measured by the extent to which it influences the viewer's perceptions of reality.

Recent Exhibits

Margaret Montgomery participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2013 Small Works
Manhattan Borough President's Office
Jul, 2013 Fresh Produce: Eight Still Lifes. A Solo Exhibition of Watercolors by Margaret Montgomery
Berlitz Language Center/Rockefeller Center
Exhibited with these artists
Margaret Montgomery has Exhibited with these artists:

et al... Jane Atlas
Judith Benson Steve Ross
Brittany Vogel
Exhibited at these venues
Margaret Montgomery has Exhibited at these venues:

Manhattan Borough President's Office Berlitz Language Center/Rockefeller Center
curated at these venues
Margaret Montgomery has curated at these venues:

Berlitz Language Center/Rockefeller Center
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