biography

The first mark made on a new piece of canvas or wood is always a mark that carries infinite possibilities. Making a mark is an action that can be ambivalent, presenting the mark-maker (‘The painter’ as we now like to call him or her) with both the excitement of a possible new creation and the fear of failing to achieve the power of emotional and visual effect intended. The psychological dynamic behind the mark-making also offers numerous possibilities as to the manner in which to proceed. The painter may come to the canvas or the wood with an image already in mind, or she may choose to let one mark follow another in a process of discovery that will produce something so new (at least in the mind and history of the artist) that it can truly be said that the artist is an instrument of various forces which are not immediately easy to name or describe. This last – the process method – carries with it the danger of frustration and failure to such an extent that many artists prefer to paint ‘what they know’ or what is familiar to them; hence, the popularity of the representational art to both the artist and the viewing public.

Margaret Fane, who has been painting for a good many years, moves between the familiar and the unfamiliar, between the representational and the abstract. In both styles, she has the courage to innovate with both materials and the application of paint – between traditional representation and heavy sculptural effect, always looking for that most elusive thing – a style that does not degenerate into a recognisable cliche. Her work is always changing and risks are always being taken.

Her most notable feature is her colouring. She is most definitely a colourist over and above everything else, and her grasp of the relation of colours to each other is both intuitive and visually well grounded. It is an artistic instinct that drives her to search again and again for a visual language that assists us, her viewers, in sharing her delight in life and in the sights she sees around her in Western Australia.
Joe Walsh OFM Artist 2004

Margaret was born in 1950
She was educated at Stella Maris College in Geraldton

Margaret has been trained as an artist at Stella Maris College, Geraldton: Leaving Certificate 1965, the Franciscan Monastery in Rome 2000-, Perth Technical College 2002, Claremont School of Art 2004 – 2006 and the Fremantle Art Centre 2011-2014. She has studied fine Arts at Curtin University. She is a member of the Alfred Cove Art Society, Atwell Art Society and Friends of Ellis House Art Centre.

Margaret has had many successful solo and group exhibitions in Perth and her paintings raise funds for St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth, Western Australia. A collection of Margaret’s paintings are a part of Archbishop Hickeys private collection. She has an annual exhibition at St Mary’s Cathedral in Perth on Easter Sunday. All proceeds from her paintings support St Mary’s Cathedral and Emeritus Archbishop Hickey’s orphanages.
Images of her paintings are displayed on the 2015 Liturgical Calendar for the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.
Her work is copyright.

Exhibitions
2000-2016 St Mary’s Cathedral Perth Western Australia
2002 Ellis House Gallery Bayswater
2004 Ellis House Galley Bayswater
2006 Atwell Art Gallery Alfred Cove
2008 Atwell Art Gallery Alfred Cove
2010 Moores Gallery Fremantle
2011 Ellis House Art Gallery Bayswater
2013 Atwell Art Gallery Alfred Cove
2014 Ellis House art Gallery Bayswater
2016 Moores Art Gallery Fremantle
Publications
2005-2014 The Record Catholic Newspaper
2015 Catholic Liturgical Calendar
2016 Circuit Western Australian Contemporary Art

Her paintings can be viewed and purchased at her studio 213 Yangebup Rd, Yangebup, by appointment: 0432834743. Her email address is marg.fane@gmail.com. Credit Card Facilities are available.

Her “Memory” paintings are a series of paintings drawing on memory of the time when she was growing up in Geraldton, Western Australia. She has recorded her recollections of the sufferings of the Aboriginal people at the time.

Artist Statement
Painting is a place for me.
A home away from home.
A place where I can go and feel completely at ease; a place where I come face to face with myself; the canvas being my other self.
It is a dialogue, sometimes peaceful, sometimes frustrating, sometimes angry, sometimes exciting and sometimes one with myself.
I am primarily an abstract artist, working mainly in Acrylics.
I am also a representational artist, especially when I want to say something.
I am an abstract expressionist and am influenced and inspired by the works of Pollock, Kandinsky, Van Gogh and Miro always searching
for my own expression without relying on other artists.
My work is often spontaneous, which is sometimes exciting, sometimes frustrating.
It is a journey which I can map, watch, change and grow.
I feel happy when I paint, sometimes never finishing.
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t but the challenge is worth enduring, the focus is exciting and the dream reachable.
For me, painting is a way of touching ones soul and asking what is it all about?
Margaret Fane