Margaret G. Still, June 2020

A one person exhibition of Margaret G. Still at Green Kill, June 2020.

Margaret G. Still, “Dickson Elderly Manor 2, ” 2020 , Oil on canvas, 24” H x 18” W 

We are very excited to announce a solo exhibition of Margaret G. Still at Green Kill from Saturday, June 6 through to Saturday, June 27. Green Kill is open for individuals to see this exhibition from 3 -5:30 PM, Tuesday to Saturday or by special appointment. Call 347-689-2323 or write to 229greenkill@greenkill.org to arrange a time. Unfortunately, there will not be an opening celebration to protect our audience and respect the Covid protocols. The entire exhibition will be posted on greenkill.artstack.com on June 6.

Ten Questions

Do you remember when you first saw yourself as an artist?

I drew from the age of 4. My mother kept me supplied with pencils, paper, and gave me complete freedom, never crushing my creativity with critiques. I was completely and confidently myself at home but very shy at school, so shy that I didn’t start a year early as my older sister did. I refused – wanted to stay home instead of dealing with the terrifying prospect of socialization. My 1st Grade teacher at first thought that something might be wrong with my voice because I was so shy and spoke so softly and tentatively outside the home. Then I started to do the class exercises  requiring drawing, and they were so far beyond what the others were doing that she took notice, and praised and encouraged me, and noticed that I was bright in other ways, too. That is when I realized I was an artist: when someone outside my family noticed what I was able to do, and when I also realized that what I did artistically far outpaced my peers. 

Do you have anything you feel compelled now to say about your art?

I am fearless now. I used to be much more self-conscious.

Is there an artist that keeps coming back to you for inspiration?

My first love was Leonardo, and he always looks good to me. David Hockney, Charles Burchfield, Charles Sheeler, Edward Hopper, the German Expressionists and the Cubists, Hannah Hoch, George Ault, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, Ed Ruscha, the photographers Stephen Shore, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, William Eggleston, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, and many others always inspire me. 

Do you feel you have support from colleagues?

Yes – a real support that does not come from favor exchanges.

Do you feel removed from the conventional world?

I am happy that the conventional world exists to keep things going while the unconventionals are free to live on the edges and are given something of a stable environment by the conventionals.  I’m happy to live a kind of epiphytic existence.

What is it like to wake up everyday for you?

I want to get up and do things. When I was younger, I just wanted to go back to sleep.

What role do you see your art having in society?

My art is about the pleasure of existence, and the only role it might have in society is to teach others to see how tremendously beautiful every gaze into space is.

Do you get high from creating?

I get wired up. Sometimes I get disgusted with myself for a cheap solution or get frustrated because I have lost the path. But mostly I get wired up.

What are you not being asked that you’d like to share?

I wonder when other artists know a work is finished, and whether that has changed over time. My recent paintings surprise me because they seem to be unresolved, and then in just a short time, I turn a corner and realize they are done. Years ago, I almost had to destroy and recreate them to make them work.

When are you most happy?

While listening to music and drinking wine with my husband.

About Margaret G. Still

Margaret G. Still, “Road To Satartia,” 2020, Oil on canvas, 18” H x 24” W 

Margaret G. Still  is a painter who studied with William Brice, Richard Diebenkorn, Gordon Nunes, Elliot Elgart, and others at U.C.L.A. (B. A. & M.F.A.) She lives in Saugerties, New York.  She paints landscapes of what the United States looks like now, mostly from her own road trip photos.

She has exhibited in group shows at Greenkill in Kingston, New York (2018 and 2019), Emerge Gallery in Saugerties, New York (2018, 2019, and 2020), The Woodstock Framing Gallery in Kingston, New York (2019), and a Yellow Fine Arts pop-up show in New York City (2019). 

She currently has a solo show (June 6th-June 27th, 2020) at Greenkill in Kingston, New York, and has a current show of recent paintings at Green (Modcatskills) in Saugerties  (https://www.modcatskills.com/new-products), and is also currently offering work on the Yellow Fine Arts website (https://www.yellowfinearts.com/artists/margaret-g-still/).

Her Instagram account is “mgstill4” and her Facebook account is “Margaret G Still Art”