Lives and works in New York, NY


"Ms. Garrett has been working miracles in her studio, making visible on canvas and paper what might be called the dance of the universe, with its rhythms and eruptions of energy, immersed in an expansive and luminous space."
-Dorothy Seiberling, former art editor, Life magazine


Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, Margaret Garrett currently lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, New York. A former dancer, Garrett found something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color. Margaret Garrett’s work is held in the Parrish Art Museum, Guild Hall Museum, and in numerous private and corporate collections in the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and art fairs, including the Parrish Art Museum, the Heckscher Museum, Danese/Corey, the Armory Show, Art Miami, and Texas Contemporary.


Artist Statement


My childhood was spent training to be a dancer. It was my first identity and my first mode of expression as an artist and one that continues to inform my paintings to this day. When I begin working on a new piece, I see the paper or canvas as an empty stage and the line as movement: texture, form, the way that colors interact, are all different manifestations of motion and energy. My excitement in finding a true or honest line, one that is both formal and expressive, has increasingly led me to more involvement with drawing in my paintings.

I tend to work in ongoing series, exploring ideas on paper until I find one I want to pursue further. I began my ”Tuning Fields” series in 2008 and these pieces, works on paper and paintings, now number over three hundred. In this series, I am working with line-driven layers of color and rhythm to create loose yet formal fields of motion that are abstract and at the same time evocative of shapes and patterns found in nature.


Artist CV


Selected Solo Exhibitions

     2016     "Margaret Garrett, Choros Paintings", Samara Galley, Houston, TX

     2015     "Margaret Garrett, New Paintings and Collages", Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY

     2014     “Margaret Garrett: Tuning Fields “, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, New York, NY

     2013     “Tuning Fields- Paintings by Margaret Garrett” St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY

     2009     "Margaret Garrett", John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY

     2008     "Tuning Fields", Levitas Center for the Arts, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY

     2005     "Paintings on Paper", Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY

     2001     "Margaret Garrett", Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

     2016     Winter Salon, 4 Artists, Malia Mills, East Hampton, NY

                  Holiday Show, Ille Arts, Amangansett, NY

     2015     Art on Paper Art Fair, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY

                  Art Miami New York, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY

     2014     New Additions to the Permanent Collection, 2010 - 2014, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY

                  Art Miami, Birnam Wood Galleries, Miami, FL

                  Art Market and Art Southhampton, Birnam Wood Galleries, Bridgehampton, NY

     2013     “Black and White, Harmony in Shadow and Line”. Birnam Wood/ Galleries, New York, NY

                   Art Miami, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, Miami, FL

                   Texas Contemporary, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, Houston, TX

                   Art Southampton, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, Southampton, NY

                  “The Big Show”, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

     2012     "Long Island Biennial", Heckscher Museum of Art, NY (Award)

                  "Small Doors", an online exhibition, at blinnk, inc.

     2011     "Works on Paper II", Danese, New York, NY

                  "The Armory Show", Danese, New York, NY

     2010     "Works on Paper", Danese, New York, NY

                  "The Armory Show", Danese, New York, NY

     2009     "Works on Paper", Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY

     2004     "Abstract 3", GOGA, Gallery of Graphic Art, New York, NY

     2003     "Black & White", Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY

                   Art Miami , Sara Nightingale Gallery, Miami, FL 

                  "Gallery Artists", Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY

     2002     Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY

                  Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY      

                  "Island Artists" Shelter Island Town Hall, Shelter Island, NY

     2001      "3 Painters", Whitney Art Works, Greenport, NY 

     2000     "Whitney Art Works", Greenport, NY   

                   Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

     1999     "New Works on Paper", Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

     1998     "Spring Quartet", Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY


Commissions & Corporate Collections

     The Pew Charitable Trust, Washington, D.C.

     IConstituent, Washington, D.C., 2012

     Manus & Associates, Palo Alto, CA

     The Penguin Group, New York, NY (commissioned work)

     Hyatt Hotel and Resort, Indian Wells, CA, (commissioned work)

     The Minnesota Ballet, "The Passions", 25' x 50' backdrop (commissioned work)



     Heckscher Museum, Best Painting Award in Juried Show


Selected Bibliography

     Whitewall Magazine January 27, 2014, Margaret Garrett, Emil Lukas, and Melissa Meyer (Review)

     Long Island Pulse Magazine, January 27, 2014, The Art of the Dance, the Tuning Fields of Margaret Garrett

     Exhibition Catalogue essay by Patrick Dawson, January 2014, Margaret Garrett: Tuning Fields

     Cerise Press A Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, Summer 2013, Paintings of Margaret Garrett 2005- 2012

     The Southampton Review, July 2012, Tuning Fields (Quarterly Arts Journal)

     House Beautiful, April 2011, Simply Natural (featured painting)

     Southampton Press, April 10, 2008, Artist Captures Energy for Canvas

     Exhibition Catalogue, April 2008, Introductory Essay by Dorothy Seiberling

     O At Home, An Oprah Magazine, Feb 2006, A Perfect Arrangement (featured paintings)

     Better Homes and Gardens, Sept 2005, Remaking an Island Paradise (featured paintings)

     Southampton Press, Eric Ernst, Nov. 13, 2003, Colorful Cues in Black & White

     Duluth News Tribune, Oct. 18, 2002, The Passions of the Minnesota Ballet

     Southampton Press, Oct. 4, 2001, Abstractions Invoke Peace Without Trying

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