Fitzgerald is inspired by the landscape that exists between the natural and urban worlds and the many oppositions and contradictions it presents. Thus, her paintings are active and dynamic with their own oppositions, such as bold colors and shapes next to neutralized palettes and detailed scratches in the painting surface; combinations of strong gestural strokes next to figurative elements; and raw textured surfaces adjacent to calligraphic details.
This exhibition features a selection of new large paintings by Margaret Fitzgerald. It also debuts medium-sized paintings on paper that are 38 x 30 and 44 x 30 inches in size and smaller paintings on canvas that measure 16 inches square. These paintings are pure abstractions, yet as the title suggests, Fitzgerald’s art is inspired and informed by nature. In particular, she is interested in the landscape that exists between the natural and urban worlds. Her paintings juxtapose the opposite states that exist simultaneously in that world without resolve: hope and despair; strength and weakness; motion and stillness; growth and decay. To achieve these opposing states, her paintings are active and dynamic; bold colors and shapes next to neutralized palettes and detailed scratches in the painting surface; combinations of strong gestural strokes next to figurative elements; raw textured surfaces adjacent to text and calligraphic details. Her process begins with an idea followed by layering and removing paint, adding and subtracting forms, leaving notes and making marks—much like an investigation getting to the cellular level of a much larger aspect of nature—to reveal the underbelly and create the narrative.
Margaret Fitzgerald was born in London, England. She grew up in Japan and the United States and studied fine art and art history in New York at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League. Fitzgerald also studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of New Mexico. She currently resides and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her extensive travels in Europe, Mexico and South America and the art, architecture and urban fabric of those places bring inspiration for her artwork. Fitzgerald's paintings have been featured in solo shows in New York City, San Francisco and New Mexico. Her work is in private and corporate collections across the United States, Japan and Macao.