MARGUERITE HORNER Biography 2015
Marguerite Horner is a London based artist
Lady Marina Vaizey CBE , Art Critic (FT and Sunday Times) and Turner prize Judge wrote an essay about Marguerite Horners paintings stating that they ‘lift the ordinary into the extraordinary and the specific into the Universal’…they are about…‘The life behind the eye as well as the life in front of it’.
After completing her B.A. degree in Fine Art in her twenties, Marguerite exhibited two solo shows at The Mappin Art gallery Sheffield and Usher Art Gallery Lincoln, Art historian and critic Professor Frances Spalding CBE reviewed her exhibitions in ‘Arts Review’ writing ‘The intrigue of her work depends partly on the knife-edge balance maintained between painterliness and hard-edge photo-realism by varying the sharpness of focus’.
To support herself and her practice Marguerite then worked as a scenic artist at the BBC where she trained and worked for 3 years, leaving to work as a freelance artist. All of her work during this time was commissioned and she painted in collaboration with photographers such as Adrian Flowers and David Bailey, painting backgrounds for publications such as ‘The World of Interiors’ and ’The Sunday Times’, as well as many award winning advertising campaigns throughout the 80′s and 90′s.
Together with her technical understanding, which Marguerite cultivated over the years, she also has developed contextual understanding through studying for her M.A. in Fine Art in 2004. Her final works were awarded with the ‘Kidd Rapinet prize’ for outstanding work, this was presented by Sir Peter Blake.
She has since been exhibiting widely in Art Fairs and Group Shows, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2005-2008-2010-2011-2012-2013) the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2005-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014) The Royal Society of Marine Artists (2005) Art in Action (2009) The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition (2010-2013) The Lynn Painters Stainer Exhibition (2010-2012) and Artsway Open (2010) The National Open Competition Exhibition (2011-2012-2014)and The London group Open exhibition(2013)54th Venice Biennale (2011) The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (2014) The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2014) and The OPEN WEST (2014).
In 2006 Tim Marlow (art critic and director of White Cube ) selected Marguerite to feature among the 30 emerging artists to take part in a Guardian/ Saatchi competition.
In the same year Marguerite had a solo show at the Star Gallery in Lewes, East Sussex, for which Art historian, Julian Bell wrote in the introduction: ‘The markings Horner makes serve not so much to represent views of the world around us, as to activate what lies behind them a quality not to be named, only touched on.‘ Also in 2006 Marguerites work was short-listed for the first Celeste Painting Prize, and was writer/curator Jane Neals ‘Critics Choice’ for Saatchi Online, commenting: ‘Mysterious and understated, they draw in the viewer to a world which Horner has succeeded in making convincingly real and uncomfortably uncanny.’
Among the Project Spaces and galleries that Marguerite has exhibited with are Beverley Knowles Fine Art; Moncrieff-Bray; C4RD; WW Gallery; ROOM; High House Gallery; Chart Gallery London and Peppercanister Gallery Dublin.
In 2011 Marguerite exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale in ‘Afternoon Tea’ with WW Gallery. Also is 2011 Marguerite’s joint exhibition ‘The MacGuffin: Wendy Elia & Marguerite Horner’ was selected by Paul Carey-Kent (former Art World Magazine editor) for his TOP TEN shows for July in the Saatchi Online magazine. The catalogue essay for ‘The MacGuffin’ was by Lady Mary-Rose Beaumont.
In 2012 Marguerite had her first London Solo Exhibition ‘The Seen and Unseen” at The PM Gallery in Ealing London. The catalogue essay was written by Lady Marina Vaizey C.B.E. (former Art Critic for the FT and Sunday Times and a Turner Prize Judge).
In 2013 Marguerite had two solo exhibitions:’Being from the Inside’ High House Gallery, Clanfield, Oxen. and ‘Through each Today’ The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church London as part of The Contemporary British Painters Project. This show was previewed in The Guardian Guide by art critic Skye Sherwin and was selected by Paul Carey-Kent (former Art World Magazine editor) for his TOP TEN shows for August. Marguerites work was also included in the Marmite Prize 2013 catalogue and her work was reviewed in the NY Arts Magazine by art writer and curator Beverley Knowles.
In 2014 Marguerite has been selected to exhibit in a curated show at The Lion X Lamb gallery, Hoxton London, called ‘In the City’ with 9 painters and was also selected for the Cill Rialaig artist residency in Kerry, Ireland.
Marguerite work has also included in 'The Priseman-Seabrook collection of 21st Century British Painting exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery and the @PaintBritain Exhibition at Ipswich Art School Gallery, both open until March 2015, and during Lent 2015 presented paintings for two series of 'The Stations of the Cross' in St Marylebone Parish Church, as part of the Art Below 'Missing Tom fund', and Brentwood Cathedral.
Marguerites work is in both Private collections and Public Museum collections in Great Britain and the U.S.A. and is in the National collection of Britain
Marguerites work is in Public collections: Falmouth Art gallery;Sheffield City Art Galleries; Swindon Art Gallery; Schneider Museum of Art Oregon U.S.A; Rugby Art Gallery England; Lakeland Art Trust, Abbey Hall Cumbria; Madison Museum of Fine Art; University of Arizona Museum of Art,U.S.A; The Benedictine University,Chicago.U.S.A.
and many Private collections.
Wall Street International: http://wsimag.com/art/11273-in-the-city
NY Arts Magazine : http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/?p=11204
Preview Guardian Guide by Skye Sherwin: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/aug/02/exhibitionist-art-shows-3-aug#/?picture=414116340&index=4
Paul Carey-Kents Top Ten August 2013 Review: http://www.artlyst.com/articles/london-art-exhibitions-to-visit-during-the-august-lull (Paul Carey-Kent is the former editor of Art World magazine).
Complex Magazine '15 Artists about to Dominate 2015': http://www.complex.com/style/2015/01/artists-about-to-dominate-2015/
Visible. '19 Artists for Today' Special supplement produced by State media.issue 16 of State/F22: http://www.state-media.com/…/li…/magazine/14207984718808.pdf
Artlyst Review of @PaintBritain: http://www.artlyst.com/articles/paint-britain-explores-the-bold-ideological-mission-representing-21st-century-painting