Margaret Garrett

Margaret Garrett’s richly colored abstract paintings capture the elusive qualities of rhythm and movement. Born in North Carolina and raised in Pennsylvania, she grew up training to be a dancer. At the age of sixteen, she left home to join the Pennsylvania Ballet and later dance with the Cleveland Ballet as a soloist. In her early twenties, she discovered painting, finding something spiritually akin to dance in the movement of line and color.


Garrett’s approach to painting is strongly influenced by her early training in dance. “When I begin working on a new piece, I see the paper or canvas as an empty stage and the line as movement. Texture, form, the way that colors interact, all are different manifestations of motion, rhythm, and energy.”


Garrett works in ongoing series, developing a language and following it as it morphs and evolves. Her “Tuning Fields” series uses line-driven layers of color to create loose yet formal fields of motion that are abstract and at the same time evocative of shapes and patterns found in nature. In her “Choros” series, the central preoccupation is with an interplay of shapes that have a solid, even muscular form, to convey a sense of motion and choreography


Margaret Garrett’s work has been exhibited across the United States. Museum collections include the Parrish Art Museum and Guild Hall Museum. Her work is also held in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States and Europe. She currently lives and maintains a studio on Shelter Island, NY.

Margaret Garrett lives and works in New York
Solo Exhibtions
Date Exhibition
2016 Margaret Garrett, Choros Paintings”, Samara Gallery, Houston, TX
2015 “Margaret Garrett, New Paintings and Collages” Birnam Wood Galleries/East Hampton, NY
2014 “Margaret Garrett: Tuning Fields” Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY
2013 “Tuning Fields- Paintings by Margaret Garrett” St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY
2009 “Margaret Garrett”, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY
2008 Tuning Fields”, Levitas Center for the Arts,Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY
2005 Paintings on Paper”, Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, NY
2001 “Margaret Garrett”, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015-2016 “Inscape- The Inner Nature of Things”, Permanent Collection Installation, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY
2016 “Winter Salon, 4 Artists”, Malia Mills, East Hampton, NY
2016 “Holiday Show” Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY
2015 Art on Paper Fair, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY
Art Miami New York, Birnam Wood Galleries, New York, NY
2014 “New Additions to the Permanent Collection, 2010-2014”
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
Art Miami, Birnam Wood Galleries, Miami, NY
Art Market & Art Southampton, Birnam Wood Galleries, Bridgehampton, NY
2013 Black and White, Harmony in Shadow and Line”.
Birnam Wood/ Galleries, New York, NY
Art Miami, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, Miami, FL
Texas Contemporary, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, Houston, TX
Art Southampton, Birnam Wood/ Galleries, Southampton, NY
“The Big Show”, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2012 Long Island Biennial”, Heckscher Museum of Art, NY (Award)
“Small Doors”, an online exhibition, at blinnk, inc.
2011 “Works on Paper II”, Danese, New York, NY
“The Armory Show”, Danese, New York, NY
2010 “Works on Paper”, Danese, New York, NY
“The Armory Show”, Danese, New York, NY
2009 “Works on Paper”, Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY
2003 “Black & White”, Lizan Tops Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Art Miami , Sara Nightingale Gallery, Miami, FA
“Gallery Artists”, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY
2002 Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY
“Island Artists” Shelter Island Town Hall, Shelter Island, NY
2001 “3 Painters”, Whitney Art Works, Greenport, NY
Commissions & Corporate Collections
The Pew Charitable Trust, Washington, D.C.
IConstituent, Washington, D.C. 2012
Manus & Associates, Palo Alto, CA
The Penguin Group, New York, NY, (commissioned work)
Hyatt Hotel and Resort, Indian Wells, CA, (commissioned work)
The Minnesota Ballet, “The Passions”, 25′ x 50′ backdrop (commissioned work)
Heckscher Museum, Best Painting Award in Juried Show
Selected Bibliography, Jan 2015, A Former Dancer’s Gestural Paintings Bring the Motion of Dance to Canvas (Editorial)
Hamptons Art Hub, March 6, 2015, Paintings by Margaret Garrett (Profile)
Art News, April 2014, Margaret Garrett (Review)
Whitewall Magazine, January 27, 2014, Margaret Garrett, Emil Lukas, and Melissa Meyer (Review)
Long Island Pulse Magazine, January 27, 2014, The Art of the Dance, the Tuning Fields of Margaret Garrett
Exhibition Catalogue essay by Patrick Dawson, January 2014, Margaret Garrett: Tuning Fields
Hamptons Magazine, June 2015, Love Seat, Margaret Garrett (feature)
Cerise Press, A Journal of Literature, Arts and Culture, Summer 2013, Paintings of Margaret Garrett 2005-2012
The Southampton Review, July 2012, Tuning Fields (Quarterly Arts Journal)
House Beautiful, April 2011, Simply Natural (featured painting)
Southampton Press, April 10, 2008, Artist Captures Energy for Canvas
Exhibition Catalogue, April 2008, Introductory Essay by Dorothy Seiberling
O At Home, An Oprah Magazine, Feb 2006, A Perfect Arrangement (featured paintings)
Better Homes and Gardens, Sept 2005, Remaking an Island Paradise (featured paintings)
Duluth News Tribune,Oct. 18, 2002, The Passions of the Minnesota Ballet
Southampton Press, Oct. 4, 2001, Abstractions Invoke Peace Without Trying
Public Collections
Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY