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Margo Selski

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.

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2020

72" x 60" / 182.9 x 152.4cm
Oil on Linen

Russian Fragility IV

44" x 76" / 111.8 x 193cm
Oil, Ink, Mixed Media on Panel

When Lightning Strikes

40" x 30" / 101.6 x 76.2cm
Oil and Beeswax on Canvas

Wet Dream

20" x 16" / 50.8 x 40.6cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Muhammad Ali 5th Street Gym

65" x 47" / 165.1 x 119.4cm
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas

Summer in New York

33.5" x 45.25" / 85.1 x 114.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Penthouse in Upper East Side

23.5" x 47.25" / 59.7 x 120cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Corner Building on Prince Street

23.5" x 49" / 59.7 x 124.5cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Building in the Sun

23.5" x 43.25" / 59.7 x 109.9cm
Oil on Linen Canvas

Russian Fragility III

69" x 39" / 175.3 x 99.1cm
Oil, Ink, Mixed Media on Panel

Hoedje van Papier (Paper Hat)

11" x 11" / 27.9 x 27.9cm
Acrylic on Wood

Ominous Front

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Canvas

Eye of the Storm

24" x 36" / 61 x 91.4cm
Oil on Linen

Edge of Light

36" x 48" / 91.4 x 121.9cm
Oil on Linen on Panel

Doughnut Cheerleader

36" x 24" / 91.4 x 61cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Dandelion

44" x 34" / 111.8 x 86.4cm
Oil on Wood Panel

Eden, Study for the Way

16" x 20" / 40.6 x 50.8cm
Oil on Panel

Gilt

51" x 74" / 129.5 x 188cm
Oil on Linen

Dust Up

90" x 60" / 228.6 x 152.4cm
Oil on Linen

Nocturne – Limited Edition Signed Print

30 x 24 in, 76.2 x 61 cm

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Loepje

5.875" x 6.625" / 14.9 x 16.8cm
Acrylic on Wood

Spyglass

7.75" x 11" / 19.7 x 27.9cm
Acrylic on Wood

Training School

40" x 30" / 101.6 x 76.2cm
Oil and Beeswax on Canvas

Falling in My Dream

60" x 48" / 152.4 x 121.9cm
Oil on Linen

Lavender Sister

24" x 18" / 61 x 45.7cm
Oil on Linen

Blue Sister

24" x 18" / 61 x 45.7cm
Oil on Linen

Nakedness Has No Color and Knows No Border

82" x 70" / 208.3 x 177.8cm
Oil on Linen

The Irresistible Force Paradox

47.125" x 78.625" / 119.7 x 199.7cm
Oil on Linen

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