Margaret Neill is an American abstract artist from Ohio, using a variety of mediums to create lyrical, gestural imagery informed by curves and non-representational shapes and forms.
She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Neill earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College in Hiram, OH, in 1978. She went on to earn her Masters in Fine Art in Painting from Brooklyn College in New York in 1984.
Neill creates works on canvas, linen and paper using a variety of mediums, including graphite, colored pencil, charcoal and paint. Her process involves an intuitive marking of the surface resulting in continuous, interwound lines and squiggled geometric formations.
The work references many of the qualities of Lyrical Abstraction. Her process is instinctive and non-representational. The work transcends objective interpretation, instead inviting the viewer to participate through the work in an exploration of the artist's relationship with time and space. As gestural interactions with moments in a particular location, Neill's works serve almost as surrogate memories, visceral relics of a moment in space and time.
Margaret Neill - studio shot
Neill is inspired by the fluid geometric qualities of curve and line, in particular how the natural qualities of the earth and sky intermingle with urban elements of object and architecture. Partially informed by observable patterns found in both human and natural phenomena such as buildings, maps and weather patterns, the work emerges from an ephemeral, intuitional state, resulting in objects and images that convey a sense of complexity, serenity and flux.
The abstract artist and art writer Steven Alexander wrote about Margaret Neill on his blog, The Steven Alexander Journal, in 2009, saying about her work:
"The images are simple curves and intersecting geometries, fragments of infinite configurations that form focused interactions of light and dark -- an elegant fusion of physicality and grace...Explorations of intersecting archetypal shapes -- arcs, elipses, circles -- these works are beautifully direct and sensuous. Their configurations are at once primal and analytical, the products of a highly focused painter's engagement with her materials, with the discipline of drawing, and with the world."
Margaret Neill - studio shot
Neill's work is featured in various museums as well as various international and corporate collections, including The Museum of Modern Art Library, Martin Brest, LA and the U.S. State Department.
Neill has exhibited her paintings and drawings widely in a number of solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries nationally.
Neill's work has been widely published, and she has been featured on blogs, TV shows, radio programs and extensively written about in the press.
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NYC
DM Contemporary, NYC
Paragone Gallery, West Hollywood, CA