17th February - 19th March, 2009
New Paintings & Sculpture
The wood carvings and paintings in this new show Awaiting refer to a world parallel with ours that is governed by Margaret Hunter’s respect for her materials and her unique application of dynamic, balanced force. A momentary sense of recognition takes us without warning into another place where the sheer power of the sculptures and an evident structuralism in the paintings form a language that we inherently know but are also estranged from. This is not any day-to-day reality, rather it is unimpeded metaphor. The primal nature of the carved figures and the spatial intelligence of the paintings are both elements of the sensory mystique that the artist’s deft handling serves to release.
Margaret Hunter trained at the Glasgow School of Art and then at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. She lives between Berlin and Scotland and is represented in public and private collections in the UK, including the National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the Fleming Collection, London. In Germany her work is in collections including the Städtische Kunstsammlung Görlitz and the Graphothek Kunstamt Charlottenburg, Berlin.
Her painting Joint Venture on the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall is currently under restoration and is to be re-unveiled later this year.