Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, A Sense of Place, exhibition poster

Margaret Scott
A Sense of Place

A retrospective spanning 50 years

February 3 – 26, 2017

Oakura artist Margaret Scott's work reflects living between Mount Taranaki and the sea, in a career spanning more than 50 years.

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott at exhibition, Percy Thomson Gallery
Margaret Scott checks out her upcoming exhibition before its official opening.

Margaret was born in Opunake and has lived all her life on the Taranaki coast.

Margaret describes her work as personal symbolism, as it is based on personally acquired and assimilated experiences of her life and the environment where she lives. This environment, between the mountain, Mt Egmont/Taranaki, and the Taranaki coastline is reflected in symbols in her work. 

Margaret lived on a dairy farm with her husband Ian for 35 years where they raised a family of four. Margaret worked alongside her husband on the farm and painted when time allowed. Her well-known and recognised paintings of cows reflect this time in her life. 

She taught polytechnic and art night classes in the early years when her children were young, followed by a 10-year stint as HOD of Art at Opunake High School. 

In her latest book, 'Self-portrait of a Paua', Margaret says her style of painting has evolved and developed as her circumstances have changed. 

Shellfish such as paua, and the sea, feature strongly in her work as it symbolises the memories of her childhood growing up on the coast at Oaonui, and the coastal environment.

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, oil painting, View of New Plymouth City
Margaret Scott, View of New Plymouth City, 1983, Oil

Margaret now resides in the seaside settlement of Oakura, 10 minutes south of New Plymouth, where she paints and runs classes in her purpose-built studio.

Her current work often focuses on the views she has of the Kaitaki Ranges and the native plants in her garden such as nikau, puka, flax and cabbage trees, and of course, the beautiful views of the sea. Her environment is an abundant resource for creative ideas. 

Margaret paints mainly in acrylics, does some watercolours, but also loves mixed media and creating textural works. 

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott with large floral painting
Margaret Scott with 'Memories of my mother's garden', a large floral tribute to her mother.
Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, acrylic painting, oriental lilies
Margaret Scott, Oriental Lilies, 2014, Acrylic

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, mixed media artwork, Exodus
Margaret Scott, Exodus, 2009, Mixed Media

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, oil painting, young people picking blackberries
Picking Blackberries, 1986, Oil

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, oil painting, young girl feeding goats
Goat Girl 2, 1983, Oil

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, acrylic painting, garden of flowers
Memories of my Mother's Garden, 2014, Acrylic

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, mixed media artwork, Lucy's Gully, forest scene
Lucy's Gully, 2013, Mixed Media on Board

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, acrylic painting, woven bag with abalone shells and sea urchins
Margaret Scott, Bounty of the Sea, 2001, Acrylic

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, painting, Jersey cows on farmland with Mount Taranaki in background
Jersey Girls from Eltham

Taranaki artist, Margaret Scott, painting, stony river with mountain in background
Coastal Views, 2010, Acrylic

Taranaki artist Margaret Scott, oil painting, man in barber's chair
Margaret Scott, The Barbershop, Opunake, 1988, Oil

Through the Veneer of Time, 2016, Mixed Media
Through the Veneer of Time, 2016, Mixed Media

 

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