Sarah Margaret Gibson

Biography

(American, 1988 - )

Sarah Margaret is a contemporary realist artist, specializing in figurative works, portraits, and still-lifes. Characterized by a rich tenebrism, Gibson’s work often dramatically juxtaposes light against shadow. She believes that light, and all of its symbolic qualities, are better appreciated when contrasted against dark. Building up her paintings from a series of many fine layers, she seeks to give her works a palpable depth and complexity, so that the viewer can continually find new details and facets to contemplate upon each viewing.  Through her drawings and paintings, Gibson opens up a dialogue with nature, responding to what she finds beautiful and endeavoring to communicate this with her viewers.

In 2008 Sarah Margaret travelled to Florence, Italy to receive her formal training in drawing and painting from the Angel Academy of Art and The Florence Academy of Art. Over the course of her seven years in Florence, Gibson became profoundly influenced by the work and philosophy of the Old Masters and by the mentorship of great living artists such as Daniel Graves, Jordan Sokol, and Daniela Astone. She taught at the Florence Academy's intermediate studio from 2012-2015.

Sarah Margaret currently lives and works in the seaside town of Largs, on the west coast of Scotland, alongside her husband and fellow artist, Lee Craigmile. She teaches part time at the Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art, and holds private art lessons in her personal studio.

Gibson's work is shown throughout the U.S. and Europe and can be found in the New Britain Museum of American Art and in numerous private collections. 

 

Born:

1988 Cincinnati, OH

Education:

2010-2014 The Florence Academy of Art

2008-2010 Angel Academy of Art, Florence

2008 University of Cambridge Summer Schools, Art History Program

2007-2008 Maryland Institute College of Art

2006 Carnegie Mellon Summer Institute, Drawing and Painting

2003-2005 Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Program

Teaching:

2017-Present Edinburgh Atelier of Fine Art, Head Instructor of Artistic Anatomy

2016-2017 Glasgow School of Art Continuing Education Department, Instructor of Portrait Painting

2014-2015 The Florence Academy of Art, Principle Instructor of Intermediate Drawing and Painting Program

2012-Present The Florence Academy of Art, Assistant Instructor of Intensive Drawing Program

2009-2010 Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Program, Visual Arts Assistant Teacher

Solo Exhibitions:

2015 Recent Work, Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2014 Reflections of Florence, Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2013 Sarah-Margaret Gibson, Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2011 Meet the Artist and her Work, Brian Gibson Antiques, Cincinnati, OH

Group Exhibitions:

2017 Postcards Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow U.K.

2016 Still Life Exhibition, Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2015 Girls’ Night Out, Art Design Consultants ADC Inc., Cincinnati, OH

2015 Grand Opening Exhibition for the Florence Academy of Art, U.S., Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2014 Portraits, Mary Ran Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2014 Represent 2014, The 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove,

London, UK

2013 Annual Alumni Art Show, The Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH

2012 The Florence Academy of Art Sixth Alumni Exhibition, Palazzo Corsini,

Florence, Italy

2010 Annigoni’s Legacy, The Villa Bardini, Florence, Italy

Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Interlochen, MI

Annual Alumni Art Show, The Seven Hills School, Cincinnati, OH

2009 The Art of Sei Divino Wine Bar, Student Exhibition, Florence, Italy

Angel Academy of Art Annual Student Exhibition, Florence, Italy, Group

Juried Show

Interlochen Arts Camp Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Interlochen, MI

2008 Angel Academy of Art Annual Student Exhibition, Florence, Italy, Group

Juried Show

Awards and Honors:

2016 Honorable Mention, Imaginative Realism category, ARC Salon Competition

2015 Painting Les Fleurs du Mal received into the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art

Featured in The Artist’s Magazine's "3 Under 30"

2013 Second Place, Art Renewal Center Scholarship Competition

Winner of Art Comes Alive 2013 “Still Life Artist of the Year” Award

Fourth Year Scholarship Prize, Florence Academy of Art

Featured in the French television documentary, “Le Gran Tour”

Accepted into the Hudson River Fellowship for landscape painting

2012 Article entitled “On Process” published in Composite Arts Quarterly Magazine

2011 Third Place, Art Renewal Center’s Annual Scholarship Competition