Margo Selski, ‘Hitherto and Henceforth’, 2013, RJD Gallery
Margo Selski, ‘Hitherto and Henceforth’, 2013, RJD Gallery
Margo Selski, ‘Hitherto and Henceforth’, 2013, RJD Gallery
Margo Selski, ‘Hitherto and Henceforth’, 2013, RJD Gallery
Margo Selski, ‘Hitherto and Henceforth’, 2013, RJD Gallery

Margo Selski received a Master’s in Fine Art from the University of Minnesota. She also received a Master’s in Art for Children from the State University of New York in Brockport. Her undergraduate BA degree is from Berea College. She has been a full-time studio painter since 1994. Selski's paintings echo qualities found in northern Flemish masterpieces. The imaginary characters are rendered in intricate details frozen in mid-gesture within airless spaces. Her goal is to explore the mysterious by juxtaposing images from myth and reality. Thematically, her work addresses motherhood, familial love, permanence, impermanence, and the fragility of childhood and life. The subject of the paintings communicates an underlying desire for safety and stability in a threatening world. Her oil and beeswax paintings have been featured in several one-person exhibitions, including the Plains Art Museum, Illinois Central College, The Art Institute International Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, the Saint Cloud State University, Augsburg College, Rochester Museum and Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her work has been recognized for its excellence, producing numerous awards and honors, and has been collected in various museums, including the Plains Art Museum, Tweed Museum, Fredrick Weisman Museum, and the Contemporary Museum of Art in Colorado. In 2004/05, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and in 2005 she won the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Grant through the Jerome Foundation.

About Margo Selski

Using oil painting and encaustic, Margo Selski creates a vast universe where characters from her own imagined world meet visitors from fairy tales and children’s stories. Her dark palette and static compositions recall the portraiture of Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, while cracked surfaces—created by storing beeswax-covered works in the freezer—add a Renaissance-era patina and ghostly underpaintings slowly reveal themselves over time. The works, both intricately beautiful and eerily unsettling, take the viewer on an emotional journey as they discover the nuances hidden within them. “Seemingly simple allegories, my work reveals itself over time,” she says. “By using a safe and familiar composition, my goal is to lull the viewer into a false sense of comfort and familiarity, where they are drawn to images which, upon further viewing, become curious, uncomfortable and perhaps even dangerous."

American, b. 1963, Rochester, Minnesota, based in Washington

Exhibition Highlights

2017
2013
Bridgehampton,
Objects of Desire

Solo Shows

Group Shows

2017
2017
Bridgehampton,
2017
Bridgehampton,
2016
2016
2015
2015
2014
2013
Bridgehampton,
Objects of Desire
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