My artistic Practise has changed and developed over many years. I started exhibiting in public juried shows when I first returned from Paris in the early "fifties". My medium was almost entirely painting in oils on canvas with a fairly light impasto. I occasionally worked areas with pallette knife but mostly superimposed areas of opaque paint with transparent colour for particular effects and dryer paint "scumbling" for texture.

My training at the Atelier André L'Hote led me to experiments in using solely warm and cold colour variations to create more contemporary versions of "Chiaroscuro" in which I had always been deeply interested. I sometimes used pastel for greater instant expression. Subjects always came from the directly observed and mostly used the figure. L'Hote being a cubist teacher, I was concerned with volume and weight. With this focus, I also explored landscape, which I do to this day.

The visual language that I have developed through what I have described includes the values learned, translated to the medium of Intaglio. I studied etching at the Graphic Studio, Dublin under tutelage of John Kelly, and adopted it as my chief medium. I now work from my private studio in Connemara where I have gradually built up equipment and where I have a rather large etching Press.

Though working almost entirely in print, my early influences are quite clearly detectable. Many of the same painterly concerns remain. While what I wish to communicate has never been just the observed image alone. My work remains figurative though from these images I seek to draw out greater resonances that suggest their social and cultural contexts or reactive comment to current events.
In the large, I don't want people to feel entirely comfortable with what they see. I want them to look further and question, even the "flower" can it refer to death? Or is it about how all is re-born in Spring? Perhaps it is simplistic but that is the discourse I carry on with myself.

This is a very ancient area of human habitation and within that I find much subject matter. But I look at more recent histories as well.

My "Plates" vary enormously in size depending on what I am exploring. They go from 120 cms x 60 cms down to minis of 10 cms x 10 cms or less. I love the process of etching and searching for new ways of "mining" the plate for richness!

Upcoming Exhibitions

Opening in July 2019, "Impressions" Bi-annual National Exhibition" Galway Arts Festival.

Opening September 6th 2019, AKIN Group Exhibition Galway Arts Centre. Margaret has been a member of this award winning Group for 26 years

Opening 16th September 2019, Retrospective Exhibition of her work going back to the 50s when she was painting in Oils and making Cubist-influenced work. Station House Gallery, Clifden as part of 2019 Clifden Arts Week. Curated by Dr Eimear O'Connor.

Opening October 10th 2019, United Arts Club, Dublin, Solo Show of "Small Works"

Recent Solo Exhibitions

Work accepted for Annual RHA Exhibition in May 2019
2018 Clifden Arts Week, joint exhibition, "Home Grown, with Katharine West, Richard West and Manon West, opened by John Behan, September, Clifden
2018 Ranelagh Arts Centre, opened by John Behan, March 22nd to 31st, Dublin
2016 Clifden Arts Week, September 15th – 24th, Court House Square, Clifden
2016 United Arts Club, July 7th – 28th, 3 Lr Fitzwilliam St, Dublin 2
2015 Leinster Gallery, April 16th – 30th, South Frederick St, Dublin
2015 Image Launch of "Broad-side", The Mountain Ash with Poet, Joan McBreen, Clifden Arts Week
2012 Clifden Arts Week, Sept 20th – 30th, Brookside Exhibition Centre, Hulk St, Clifden
2011 Clifden Public Libraries, Nov 22, 2010 – Jan 7, 2011 Clifden, Co Galway
2011 "AKIN, 20 Years on" The Kenny Gallery, Liosban Industrial Estate, Galway (Group)
2010/2011 Clifden Public Libraries, Clifden, Co Galway
2008 Glor, Music Centre, Ennis, Co Clare.
2007 Retrospective of work from 1991 to 2007 Featured Artist, Clifden Arts Week 30th Anniversary
2006 Invited Artist, Saabs Konstforening, Brunneby, Ost Gottland, Sweden
2006 Galerie Sander, Linkoping, Sweden
1999 Kenny’s Gallery, Spiddal, Co Galway

Public Exhibitions

2016 Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age, (invited artist), Crawford Art Gallery

Juried Exhibitions

2018 Royal Ulster Academy, October 2018
2018 Royal Hibernian Academy
2017 Royal Ulster Academy, Invited Artist
2017 "Impresions", GMIT, Galway
2016 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2015 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2016 "Impressions" Book Art. GMIT, Galway
2012 "Impressions" Galway Arts Centre, Galway city
2010 "Impressions", Galway Arts Centre, Galway City
2010 "Generations" (invited with her daughter, Katharine West), The Kenny Gallery, Liosban Industrial Estate, Galway
2009 Royal Ulster Academy, Open, Belfast
2009 "Forty Years" United Arts Club Annivrsary, Artists Group ,(invited), United Arts Club, Dublin
2008 "Burst into Bloom" (invited), Glor, Ennis, Co Clare
2008 "Le Temps Des Sirènes", International Biennale of Women in Contemporary Art,(invited) Larmor Plage, Brittany
2007 "Milestones", Twentyfive Years of Black Church Print Studio, (invited), OPW Gallery, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin
2007 Inishlacken Project Retrospective, Galway Arts Centre, Galway
2007 (also 1998) Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2005/2006 Limerick Printmakers Open
2005/2006 Lorg Printmakers Open
2004/2006 "Impressions" Galway Arts Centre, Galway City
1990 - 2004: Claremorris Open, Co Mayo; Printmakers Council at Whiteleys, London; The Making of Prints Open, Wakefield, England; Miniprint de Cadaques, Spain; Living Landscape, Skibbereen, West Cork; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Collections

Margaret’s work is held in number of both Public and Private collections in Ireland and abroad including:

Dept of Foreign Affairs, Dublin
Office of Public Works, Dublin
Galway County Council
Galway City Council
Mayo County Council