Margaret L. Smyth's imagery is led by the enjoyment of combining various disparate elements including toy theatres, Renaissance portraiture, natural history and seascapes, often playing with different scales in the same image. Her cast of theatrical characters appear and reappear in different combinations, sizes and scenarios and the viewer begins to see a story emerging. The new paintings created for Bohun Gallery's show explore a cast of characters who have become itinerant performers making their way to Venice for the carnival. Some of them travel in hot air balloons and others sail across the lagoon from the Lido and, in one case, become stranded.
The artist's highly detailed and intricate storytelling methods are a fine example of the traditional techniques still being taught in the Scottish Institutions and her complex practises continue to captivate new audiences since her graduation from the Edinburgh College of Art in the early 1980s.
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, first started showing Scottish artists over 25 years ago and has since become one of the leading representatives of Scottish art in the south of England. The Scottish institutions pride themselves on their long-standing commitment to traditional academic values based on drawing, respect for materials and a knowledge of great art of the past. Witty reinterpretation of artistic conventions and genres has become integral to the Scottish artistic genre and Margaret L Smyth is a very fine example of this burgeoning Scottish tradition.
1983 Studied at Edinburgh College of Art, BA Hons and 1984 1984 Post Graduate Scholarship, Edinburgh College of Art
1985 Member, Society of Scottish Artists. 1999 John Murray Thomson Award, RSA
Winner 2002 The Scottish Arts Club Prize, RSA. 2000 Finalist, Noble Grossart Painting Competition
2018 Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
2011 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1996 Galerie Claude Andre, Brussels
1995 Courtyard Gallery, Crail
1994 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1992 Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews
1987 Maclean Art Gallery, Greenock
1986 Gladstone's Land, Edinburgh
1985 Triangle Gallery, Edinburgh
Since 1986 a regular exhibitor with the Royal Scottish Academy.
Society of Scottish Artists and Royal Society of Scottish Painters in Watercolour
Works held in private and public collections in Britain and abroad.