Margaret Neill (b.1958-), is an American Gestural Contemporary Abstract artist from Ohio, who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She uses singular and large, gestural brush work to create curved lines that flow into waves of shapes and curvilinear forms. Famous for her contemporary color-fields, she creates her work on canvas, linen and paper using colored pencil, charcoal, graphite and paint. She lets her hands free to form continuous lines of multi-layered geometric formations and shapes. This continuity and fluidity in shape and color reflect her view on the relationship between time and space, which transcends visual interpretation.
Neill explains, "My abstract works are process oriented and carry references to both mathematics and nature. I seek to capture an always fleeting moment. I am interested in the intersections of earth, sea and sky, of Parabolic and Sine curves. Soundwaves, charts and graphs that try to chart the inexplicable have always intrigued me. The curve of water as it pours from a hose, the edge and arc of a waning moon, the gravitation pull of planets around the sun.
My intention is to follow a path that is continuously changing, to bring light to what is inexplicable, to listen to the oculations of light and energy and create a work that connects viewers to a universal rhythm that is holistic, calm, and fiercely benevolent.
Color and form are the subjects of my recent work and they interchange in the discourse and physicality of the painting process. Tracing the arc of fluid color with my brush and following the edge with my eye connects my brain and body and takes me on a journey that is alive with possibility and potential. My process often involves erasure and working past what is possible. I pull and scrape a previous layer of paint with a straight edge to build up a surface that becomes complete. Squeezing color from a tube is where the excitement begins as I mix a palate of liquid color or ink. One color illicits another and each mixture evolves depending on mood and available light."
Neill's work has been reviewed in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and The New York Sun. Her works can be found in numerous collections including, Yale University Art Gallery, Colby College Museum of Art, and The New York Public Library.
My intention is to follow a path that is continuously changing, to bring light to what is inexplicable, to listen to the occultations of light and energy and create a work that connects viewers to a universal rhythm that is holistic, calm, and fiercely benevolent.
- Margaret Neill