Margo Selski received a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota. She also received a Master’s in Art for Children from the State University of New York in Brockport. Her undergraduate BA degree is from Berea College. She has been a full time studio painter since 1994. Her painting style reflects that of the northern Flemish masterpieces. The imaginary characters are rendered in intricate details frozen in mid-gesture within airless spaces. Her goal is to explore the mysterious by juxtaposing images from myth and reality. Thematically, her work addresses motherhood, familial love, permanence, impermanence, and the fragility of childhood and life. The subject of the paintings communicates an underlying desire for safety and stability in a threatening world.
Margo incorporates a novel technique to achieve an old (or even outside of time) effect. During graduate school in Minnesota, she concocted a recipe for faux “craquelure to mimic Renaissance painting. Initially, each oil painting is covered with beeswax, and she utilizes dental tools to scratch the cracks into the surface prior to laying oil paint into the crevices. This time consuming process might be repeated three or four times on the same painting, but is made worthwhile when the final result is that ‘Jan Van Eyck has taken a little trip down the rabbit hole.’
Her oil and beeswax paintings have been featured in several one-person exhibitions, including the Plains Art Museum, Illinois Central College, The Art Institute International Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, the Saint Cloud State University, Augsburg College, Rochester Museum and Art Center, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her work has been recognized for its excellence, producing numerous awards and honors, and has been collected in various museums, including the Plains Art Museum, Tweed Museum, Fredrick Weisman Museum, and the Contemporary Museum of Art in Colorado. In 2004/05, she was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and in 2005 she won the Minnesota Artist Exhibition Grant through the Jerome Foundation.