Margo Selski, ‘Little Red- Sizing up the Enemy’, RJD Gallery

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
2017
2013
Bridgehampton,
Objects of Desire

Solo Shows

Group Shows

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