Margaret Neill

Born in 1956 - United States


Margaret Neill is an American abstract artist from Ohio, using a variety of mediums to create lyrical, gestural imagery informed by curves and non-representational shapes and forms. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Neill earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College in Hiram, OH, in 1978. She went on to earn her Masters in Fine Art in Painting from Brooklyn College in New York in 1984.

Neill creates works on canvas, linen and paper using a variety of mediums, including graphite, colored pencil, charcoal and paint. Her process involves an intuitive marking of the surface resulting in continuous, interwound lines and squiggled geometric formations.

The work references many of the qualities of Lyrical Abstraction. Her process is instinctive and non-representational. The work transcends objective interpretation, instead inviting the viewer to participate through the work in an exploration of the artist's relationship with time and space. As gestural interactions with moments in a particular location, Neill's works serve almost as surrogate memories, visceral relics of a moment in space and time.

Neill is inspired by the fluid geometric qualities of curve and line, in particular how the natural qualities of the earth and sky intermingle with urban elements of object and architecture. Partially informed by observable patterns found in both human and natural phenomena such as buildings, maps and weather patterns, the work emerges from an ephemeral, intuitional state, resulting in objects and images that convey a sense of complexity, serenity and flux.

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Renewable Flow, Charcoal Drawings, Pelavin Projects, NY
Gelbke Fine Arts Center, Hiram College, OH
Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ
Circuit, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY
Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Taking Notes, Installation, drawing, video, and talk, Brooklyn Public
Library, NY
Works on Paper, Frohring Art Center, Hiram College, OH
Paintings From Brooklyn, 350 Third Ave. NY
Fixed in Time, Wall Drawings, Kentler International Drawing Space,
Brooklyn, NY
Kent State University, Trumbull Branch, OH
Frohring Art Center, Hiram College, OH


Big Small Show, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ(12/12/15 tp 2/6/16)
Season X, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College
25th Anniversary Show, Kentler International Drawing Space
Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Backroom
Undulation, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NY TWO PERSON SHOW
New Work by Gallery Artists, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NY FOUR
Walk the Line, M & E Gallery, NYC FOUR PERSON SHOW
American Abstract Artstist, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn,
Painting Center, 21st Anniversary show
Aligned, DM Contemporary, NYC FOUR PERSON SHOW
Summer Show, DM Contemporary, NYC
Drawn to Beauty, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NY FOUR PERSON SHOW
San Francisco Fine Art Fair, K. Imperial Fine Art, CA
Lois Dodd: My Students, The Firehouse Center, Damariscotta, ME
Drawing the Mind, Concordia College, Wall Drawing, NY
Icing on the Cake, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, NY
Wall Drawing, “A Field Guide to Getting Lost” Masters & Pelavin, NY
Black & White: Extreme Value, NYIT Gallery 61, NY
Drawing and Cognition, Wall Drawing: DRIVER Columbia University,
Macy Gallery
United States Arts in Embassies Program, Republic of Panama, US
Dept. of State.
Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, NY
Twelve Rooms with a view, Nu Hotel, Pelavin Fine Art, NY
Black and White, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY
Prints and Drawings , Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NY

Partners in Life and Art, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Staying Alive , Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY
Sharazade, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY
No Chromophobia, OK Harris, NY
Friends, Invitational, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NY
Color Key, Painting Center, Patrick Webb, curator, NY
Eye for the Here and Now, Colby College Museum of Art, ME
Peace, Sideshow Gallery, NY
Spectrum, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY, panelist
Punch Bowl, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY
Pelavin Editions, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NY
25th Anniversary Show, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, NY
Pink, Soho Myriad, Atlanta, GA
Mischief, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Library Show; Travel Show Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
War Is Over, Side Show Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Anniversary Show, Invitational, Painting Center, NY
Brooklyn College 75th Anniversary Exhibit, Brooklyn, N
Scope Hamptons, Metaphor Contemporary Art, East Hampton, NY
Soho Myriad, Three-Person Show, Atlanta, GA
Metaphor Contemporary Art, The Road So Far, Brooklyn, NY
New Prints 2004/Spring, International Print Center NY, Barry
Walker, curator
Abstract Identity, Pelham Art Center, NY, panelist
Where the Island Begins, Hofstra Museum, Hofstra University, NY,
The Baltimore Fair of Contemporary Prints, Baltimore Museum of
Art, MD
Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 92, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, NY
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Benefit Show, World Financial
Center, NY
Print National, Lancaster Museum of Art, PA, Mark Pascal, juror.
Nature Abstracted, Painting Center, NY, Emily Berger, curator, NY
Peace, Sideshow Gallery, NY
Clean Slate, Prater Rouse Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia.
Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts, NY
Representing Nature, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, IL
Affordable Art Fair, Pier 92, Metaphor Contemporary Art,
NYContemporary Works on Paper, Colby College Museum of Art,
ME, catalog
Touch, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY
Paper, Metaphor Contemporary Art, NY
4Sight, From Realism to Abstraction, Kentler International Drawing
Space, NY
Collage, Frothing Art Center, Hiram College, OH
Red Hook, 450 Broadway, NY
Daily Drawings, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY
The Codes and the Signs, Monastery Plazy, Czech Republic
Brooklyn on the Block, Curated by David Konigsberg, RI
Red Hook 8, Curated by Florence Neal and Sonny Balzano, Kentler
Gallery, NY
Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, NY
Brooklyn Impressions, Small Press Print Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Works on Paper, John Ittmann, juror, Perkins Center for the Arts, NJ
3 Artists From Brooklyn, Studio 600-Hermit, Praha, Czech Republic
Small Works Exhibition, Alan Hacklin, juror, Schoharie County Arts
Council, NY
About Time, Works on Paper, Kent State University, OH
Connections, Exhibition of Prints, Kendal at Oberlin Gallery, OH
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, works on consignment, OH
Page-22, Artists Books, 540 Broadway Gallery, NY
To Be, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY
Hiram College Alumni Invitational, catalog, OH
Invitational, Hunterdon Art Center, Sinikka Lane, curator, NJ
Small Works, Washington Sq. East Galleries, Allen Stone, juror, NY
4th Annual Miniature Competition, Dore Ashton, juror, BACA, NY
Paintings and Pastels, Thirty-First Annual Juried Exhibition,
Hunterdon Art Center,NJ


Yale University Art Gallery
Martin Brest, LA
The New York Public Library
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
The Museum of Modern Art, Library
Alan Chasanoff Collection
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Library
Wellington Management, Boston
The New School University
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers
Hiram College, Ohio
Ernst & Young, NY
Colby College Museum of Art, ME
Metropolitan Hotel, NY
Nextmonet, San Francisco
Hilton Suites, NY
Lowes Corp. Philadelphia
Brigham & Women’s /Mass Gen.
Sofitel Philadelphia
Health Care Center
Wilmor Hale Law Firm, Boston
Deloitte Unitversity, TX
Intercontinental Boston
City Center, Las Vegas
Pfizer Corporation, NY
Boston Medical/Shapiro Center
United States State Dept.
Nutter McClennen and Fish
BostonRobeco Investment Management, Boston


Commission, L’Ermitage, LA, 2016
Commission, City Center, Las Vegas, Nevada 2009
Commission, Patty Evert Fine Art, CA 2009
Finalist, MTA Arts For Transit, NYC. 2008, 2011
Commission, Metropolitan Hotel, NY 2007
Commission, Marriott Hotel, Atlanta, GA, 2006, Louisville , KY 2005
Commission, Hilton Hotel, NJ 2005
Fellowship, Ora Lerman Charitable Trust, Artist Residency, 2004
Commission, Lowes Corp.34 works on paper, PSFS Building,
Philadelphia, PA, 2000
Award for Excellence, Wolf Kahn, Juror, Hunterdon Art Center, NJ,

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