Margaret Neill

United States 1956

Abstract Art, Drawing

Margaret Neill
Margaret Neill
United States
January 14, 2016
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Abstract art is often misunderstood as it is most often non-representational and the viewers don’t quite know what is in front of them. At first glance, the work of Margaret Neill is simply an exploration of the possibilities of the line, but, when given a second or a third look, it is clearly an entire world described through those exact lines. The viewers are invited to join in her expedition as she discovers and portrays her relationship with time and space. She observes the patterns, both natural phenomena and human-made, such as weather patterns, maps or buildings, and transforms them into artworks that are complex, but also serene and in the state of constant flux.

Margaret Neill - Haven 1, 2015
Margaret Neill – Haven 1, 2015


The drawing was the starting point and still is the main part of Neill’s work. Black and white introduced her into the world of art. Surroundings are transformed onto the paper and canvases as the viewers clearly feel all of the artist’s past experiences and sense the never-ending passing of time. The most important things for an artist are to have a lot of curiosity and to find a vision, no matter how much time it takes. Paper, linen, and canvas serve as a surface for Neill as she applies various mediums, such as colored pencil, charcoal, paint, and graphite. The whole process relies on intuition and is embedded in the artist’s personal experience, which is sublimated and appears through drawing and painting. She simply let the forms arrive.

The whole process relies on intuition and is embedded in the artist’s personal experience

Margaret Neill - Redoubt, 2013 - Conduit, 2014
Margaret Neill – Redoubt, 2013 / Conduit, 2014


Margaret Neill received her BA from Hiram College, Hiram, OH, in 1978, and her MFA in Painting from Brooklyn College, New York, in 1984. She relies on instinct when creating art. It was the long rides in Ohio while she was a child, observing contours of the car and watching landscapes as they turn into something blurry that first gave Neill the idea that she could be an artist. Since then, art has become the best way to communicate with people around her. Also, it is a perfect way to really know yourself, to understand all the feelings and thoughts. Her artworks are included in many prestigious collections: Yale University Art Gallery, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York Public Library, and many more, as well in numerous private collections.

Art is the best way to communicate with people

Margaret Neill - RONDEL Series 1, 2014
Margaret Neill – RONDEL Series 1, 2014


Neill relies on instinct and intuition and communicates with those around her in a way that she thinks is the most honest of them all – her art. From the childhood memories to the patterns only observable when a viewer reaches a certain age, her artworks are a summarization of her personal experiences that reach sublimation through the processes of painting, and especially drawing. Neill’s art dances on the delicate line that separates the ‘detective’ that carefully investigates forms of her surroundings and the artist with primal urges to express herself through the best means possible, combining the two to create amazing artworks.

She is represented by IdeelArt gallery in London, UK.

Margaret Neill lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Featured image: Margaret Neill – portrait, courtesy of IdeelArt

All images © Margaret Neill

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Pigment and PaperKenise Barnes Fine Art, NYGroup
2016Big Small ShowDrawing Rooms, Jersey CityGroup
2015Anniversary ShowKenlter International Drawing Center, NYGroup
2015Season XOsilas Gallery, Concordia College, NYGroup
2015Back RoomKenise Barnes Fine Art, NYGroup
2014UndulationKenise Barnes Fine Art, NYGroup
2014New Work by Gallery ArtistsKenise Barnes Fine Art, NYGroup
2014Walk the LineM & E Gallery, NYCGroup
2014American Abstract ArtstistSide Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
201421st Anniversary showPainting CenterGroup
2013AlignedDM Contemporary, NYCGroup
2013Summer ShowDM Contemporary, NYCGroup
2013Drawn to BeautyKenise Barnes Fine Art, NYGroup
2012San Francisco Fine Art FairK. Imperial Fine Art, CAGroup
2012Lois Dodd: My StudentsThe Firehouse Center, Damariscotta, MEGroup
2012Drawing the MindConcordia College, Wall Drawing, NYGroup
2012Icing on the CakeKenise Barnes Fine Art, NYGroup
2011A Field Guide to Getting LostMasters & Pelavin, NYGroup
2011Black & White: Extreme ValueNYIT Gallery 61, NYGroup
2011Drawing and CognitionColumbia University, Macy GalleryGroup
2010United States Arts in Embassies ProgramRepublic of Panama, US Dept. of StateGroup
2010Small Works InvitationalThe Painting Center, NYGroup
2010Twelve Rooms with a viewNu Hotel, Pelavin Fine Art, NYGroup
2010Black and WhiteMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2010Prints and DrawingsCheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NYGroup
2009Renewable Flow, Charcoal DrawingsPelavin Projects, NYSolo
2009Partners in Life and ArtBrooklyn Public Library, NYGroup
2009Staying AliveMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2009SharazadeMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2008Margaret NeillGelbke Fine Arts Center, Hiram College, OHSolo
2008Margaret NeillSimon Gallery, Morristown, NJSolo
2008No ChromophobiaOK Harris, NYGroup
2008FriendsCheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NYGroup
2008Color KeyPainting Center, Patrick Webb, curator, NYGroup
2008Eye for the Here and NowColby College Museum of Art, MEGroup
2008PeaceSideshow Gallery, NYGroup
2008SpectrumMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2007CircuitCheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NYSolo
2007Punch BowlMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2007Pelavin EditionsCheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NYGroup
200725th Anniversary ShowCheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NYGroup
2007PinkSoho Myriad, Atlanta, GAGroup
2006MischiefMetaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2006War Is OverSide Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2006Anniversary ShowPainting Center, NYGroup
2005Margaret NeillMetaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2005Brooklyn College 75th Anniversary ExhibitBrooklyn, NYGroup
2005Scope HamptonsMetaphor Contemporary Art, East Hampton, NYGroup
2005Three-Person ShowSoho Myriad, Atlanta, GAGroup
2005The Road So FarMetaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004New Prints 2004-SpringInternational Print Center, NYGroup
2004Abstract IdentityPelham Art Center, NYGroup
2004Where the Island BeginsHofstra Museum, Hofstra University, NYGroup
2004The Baltimore Fair of Contemporary PrintsBaltimore Museum of Art, MDGroup
2004Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, NYGroup
2004 Benefit ShowLower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Financial Center, NYGroup
2004Print NationalLancaster Museum of Art, PAGroup
2004Nature AbstractedPainting Center, NYGroup
2004PeaceSideshow Gallery, NYGroup
2003Margaret NeillMetaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NYSolo
2003Clean SlatePrater Rouse Gallery, Norfolk, VirginiaGroup
2003Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, NYGroup
2002Representing NatureChicago Museum of Contemporary Art, ILGroup
2002Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92Metaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2002Contemporary Works on PaperColby College Museum of Art, MEGroup
2002TouchMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
2002PaperMetaphor Contemporary Art, NYGroup
20024Sight, From Realism to AbstractionKentler International Drawing Space, NYGroup
2002CollageFrothing Art Center, Hiram College, OHGroup
2002Red Hook450 Broadway, NYGroup
2001Taking Notes, Installation, drawing, video, and talkBrooklyn Public Library, NYSolo
2001Daily DrawingsKentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2001The Codes and the SignsMonastery Plazy, Czech RepublicGroup
2000Works on PaperFrohring Art Center, Hiram College, OHSolo
2000Red Hook 8Kentler Gallery, NYGroup
1999UnknownLeroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, NYGroup
1999Brooklyn ImpressionsSmall Press Print Studios, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1998Works on PaperJohn Ittmann, juror, Perkins Center for the Arts, NJGroup
1997Paintings From Brooklyn350 Third Ave, NYSolo
19963 Artists From BrooklynStudio 600-Hermit, Praha, Czech RepublicGroup
1996Small Works ExhibitionSchoharie County Arts Council, NYGroup
1996About TimeWorks on Paper, Kent State University, OHGroup
1996Connections, Exhibition of PrintsKendal at Oberlin Gallery, OHGroup
1995Works on consignmentCleveland Center for Contemporary Art, OHGroup
1995Page-22, Artists Books540 Broadway Gallery, NYGroup
1994Fixed in Time, Wall DrawingsKentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NYSolo
1993To BeKentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NYGroup
1992Margaret NeillKent State University, Trumbull Branch, OHSolo
1986Hiram College Alumni InvitationalHiram, OHGroup
1985InvitationalHunterdon Art Center, Sinikka Lane, NJGroup
1985Small WorksWashington Sq. East Galleries, NYGroup
1984Margaret NeillFrohring Art Center, Hiram College, OHSolo
19844th Annual Miniature CompetitionBACA, NYGroup
1984Paintings and Pastels, Thirty-First Annual Juried ExhibitionHunterdon Art Center,NJGroup