Exhibitions
Borderland

Margaret Watson


MAY 4 - 27, 2017
Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 4, 6 - 8pm

A new series of paintings by Seattle artist, Margaret Watson, extracts intimate observations from vast landscapes, translated through shape, color, and texture. Guided by materials rather than preconception, Watson's work demonstrates an exquisite balancing act between intention and opportunity. Drips may add weight where translucent forms evoke feelings of suspension or weightlessness. Flattened, overlapping planes create ambiguity among foreground and background, while juxtaposition of colors and textures reassure a sense of depth.

BORDERLAND:
This group of paintings continues to reflect my interest in evoking landscape through shape and color. Each painting functions to frame and place parameters around the vastness, inviting the viewer into a more focused and intimate spot. In addition to inviting the viewer into a deeper, conceptual space, the framing also serves to focus attention on the flatness of the painting’s surface - it’s color, texture and markings on canvas.

My process begins with manipulating black and white photographs through collaging and cropping to find intriguing compositions. However, these preliminary “sketches” change with the immediacy of color and paint application. The beginning layers of each piece are worked in thin acrylic washes that are allowed to drip. The drips function to weight the image and tether the shapes to the edges of the painting. When oil paint is added close attention is paid to the relationship of thin, translucent paint to thick, dense paint. I very seldom use a brush, preferring the unpredictability and irrevocability of poured paint pulled across the surface with a paint scraper.

Color is very considered in my paintings, not in the sense of determining which colors will be used in the paintings but in the sense that each subsequent color decision is in response to the preceding color. Ultimately, color unifies the forms and resolves the painting."





Knoll
acrylic and oil on canvas
32 by 36 inches
Sold

Cairn
acrylic and oil on canvas
36 by 48 inches
$2,250

North Platte
acrylic and gesso on paper
24 by 31 inches
$850

Flange
acrylic and oil on canvas
24 by 30 inches
$1,500

Verge
acrylic oil on canvas
24 by 20 inches
$1,200

Brink
acrylic and oil on canvas
32 by 36 inches
$2,000

Skrim
acrylic and oil on canvas
36 by 32 inches
$2,000

Postern
oil on canvas
20 by 24 inches
$1,200

Lamina
acrylic and oil on canvas
24 by 30 inches
Sold

Roofbox
acrylic and gesso on canvas over panel
12 by 18 inches
Sold

Encampment
acrylic on paper
22 by 22 inches
Sold

Riverside
acrylic on paper
24 by 31 inches
$850

Pennock
acrylic and gesso on paper
23 by 24 inches
$700

Glimpse
acrylic and oil on canvas
24 by 30 inches
$1,500

Swing Bridge
acrylic and gesso on paper
31 by 24 inches
$850