Marguerite Horner's paintings 'Lift the ordinary into the extraordinary and the specific into the Universal'...they are about...'The life behind the eye as well as the life in front of it'...wrote Lady Marina Vaizey OBE ( former FT and Sunday Times art critic and Turner prize Judge)
After Marguerite Horner completed her B.A. degree in Fine Art in her twenties, she was offered two museum solo exhibitions, at The Mappin Art Gallery Sheffield and Usher Art Gallery Lincoln. Art historian and critic Professor Frances Spalding CBE reviewed these exhibitions in 'Arts Review' writing 'the intrigue of her work depends partly on the knife-edge balance maintained between painterliness and hard-edge photo-realism by varying the sharpness of focus'....'her natural talent combined with an intensity of looking lead her to begin as a landscape painter of more than average ability, using recognizable styles'.
To support her practice Marguerite was employed as a scenic artist at the BBC where she trained and worked for 3 years, leaving to work as a freelance artist. All of her work during this time was commissioned and she painted in collaboration with photographers such as Adrian Flowers and David Bailey, painting backgrounds for publications such as 'The World of Interiors' and 'The Sunday Times'. as well as many award winning advertising campaigns throughout the 80's and 90's.
Together with her technical understanding, which Marguerite cultivated over the years, she also developed contextual understanding through studying for her M.A. in Fine Art in 2004. Her final works were awarded with the 'Kidd Rapinet prize' for outstanding work, this was presented by Sir Peter Blake.
Marguerite has since been exhibiting widely in Art Fairs and Group Shows, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2005-2008-2010-2011-2012-2013-2016) The Royal Society of Marine Artists (2005) Art in Actiion (2009) The Threadneedle Prize (2010- 2013) The Lynn Painters Stainer Exhibition (2010-2012) Artsway Open (2010) The National Open Art Competition (2011-2012-2014-2015-2016 ) and The London Group Open Exhibition (2013) The ING Discerning Eye (2005-2010-2011-2012-2013-2014-2015 -2016) The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition (2014) The Open West (2014) The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition (2014) and The Griffin Gallery Open (2015) The Derwent Art Prize (2016)
In 2006 Tim Marlow (Art critic and then director of White Cube Gallery) selected Marguerite to feature among 30 emerging artists to take part in a Guardian/Saatchi competition. In the same year Marguerite had a solo show at the Star Gallery in Lewes, East Sussex, for which Art historian Julian Bell wrote in the introduction: ' The markings Horner makes serve not so much to represent views of the world around us, as to activate what lies behind them a quality not to be named, only touched on.'
Also in 2006 Marguerites work was short-listed for the first Celeste Painting Prize, and was writer/curator Jane Neal's 'Critics Choice' for Saatchi Online, commenting 'Mysterious and understated, they draw in the viewer to a world which Horner has succeeded in making convincingly real and uncomfortably uncanny.'
Among the Project Spaces and Galleries that Marguerite has exhibited with are Beverley Knowles Fine Art; Moncrieff-Bray; C4RD; WW Gallery, ROOM; High House Gallery ( England) ; Peppercanister Gallery, (Dublin) Lion&Lamb Gallery Hoxton London; Blackhorse Lane Project Space London; ART BERMONDSEY PROJECT SPACE, London and Core@ Nolais Gallery. London.
In 2011 Marguerite exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale in 'Afternoon Tea' with WW Gallery. Also in 2011 Marguerite's joint exhibition 'The MacGuffin: Wendy Elia & Marguerite Horner' was selected by Paul Carey-Kent (former Art World Magazine editor) for his TOP TEN shows for July in the Saatchi Online magazine. The catalogue essay for 'The MacGuffin' was by Lady Mary-Rose Beaumont.
In 2012 Marguerite had her first London Solo museum Exhibition 'The Seen and Unseen' at The PM Gallery, London W10. The catalogue essay was written by Lady Marina Vaizey C.B.E. (former FT and Sunday Times Art critic and Turner Prize Judge).
In 2013 Marguerite has two solo exhibitions: 'Being from the Inside' High House Gallery, Clanfield, Oxen and 'Through each Today' The CRYPT, St Marylebone Parish Church, London NW1, this is part of a two year programme on 'Contemporary British Paintings' curated by Robert Priseman and Simon Carter.
Marguerites work was also included in the Marmite Prize 2013 catalogue and in 2014 her work was selected for the Open West and a group show of 9 painters called 'In the City' at the Lion&Lamb gallery in Hoxton, as well as group shows at Huddersfield Art Gallery; Ipswich Art school Gallery and Madison Museum of Fine Art U.S.A. Marguerite has also been awarded an artist Residency at Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co.Kerry Ireland.
In 2015 Marguerite's work was selected for group shows 'Present Tense' at SWINDON MUSEUM & ART Gallery; another at RUGBY MUSEUM; and for the 'Contemporary British Watercolours' exhibition at MAIDSTONE MUSEUM & ART Gallery, plus 3 works were included in 'THE LONDON PAINTING SURVEY' at Blackhorse lane Studios Project Space, curated by Matthew Krishanu and David Sullivan.
For Lent 2015 Marguerite also contributed paintings 'Crown of Thorns' and 'The Crucifixion' to 'The Stations of the Cross' exhibitions at both St Marylebone Parish church and Brentwood Cathedral, the latter was acquired by The Komechak Art Gallery of The Benidictine University, Chicago, U.S.A.
Other Museums in the U.S.A, acquiring Marguerites work are The Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon; The University of Arizona Museum of Art, and the painting 'Exit' is now part of the Madison Museum of Fine Art, Georgia Collection.
In October 2015 Marguerite was invited to exhibit a solo show at the newly opened 'ART BERMONDSEY PROJECT SPACE in London called 'Marguerite Horner: Cars and Streets'. The catalogue essay
'Bringing the Sublime into the Mundane' was written by Anna McNay.
In 2016 Marguerite exhibited in a group show called 'Edgelands' at The Crypt St Marylebone Church, London, the catalogue essay was written by Andrew Lambirth ( former art writer for The Spectator) . Marguerite also exhibited in 'BORDERS' at the Core @ Nolias Gallery, London SE1 and two paintings were selected for The RA Summer show. Marguerite was also selected for the Derwent Art Prize exhibition and Shortlisted for the Bridgeman Studio Awards 2016, and took part in the 'Contemporary British Painters Summer Exhibition' at The Quay Art Gallery on the Isle of Wight, and the National Open Arts Competition, and was invited by artist Dan Coombs to exhibit work for the ING Discerning Eye 2016, for which he is a Judge.
Her work is in both Public and Private international collections and is in The National Collection.
Marguerite has been a visiting artist at Leeds University and City Lit London.