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Margot Baird

Landscapes are constructed & deconstructed, detail minimalized, abstracted & reconfigured.

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Margot Baird is an internationally exhibited artist having had solo exhibitions in Singapore, Malaysia, USA, France and Australia. She has also been in many group exhibitions internationally and nationally. As a visual artist who has worked across a broad spectrum of mediums she has been a finalist in painting, photography, printmaking competitions including The Bay of Fires Art Prize 2014. Her background is in teaching and lecturing art and her work is in collections internationally including National Art Gallery Kuala Lumpur, Australian High Commission Singapore and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art in Perth, Western Australia.

Since moving to Tasmania in 2011, Margot has been depicting the Tasmanian landscape  – symbolically rather than literally. The landscapes are constructed and deconstructed; detail is minimalized, abstracted and reconfigured. Her larger works on canvas are textural and exemplify the techniques of a painter who is also a printmaker, the multi layering and incising of the paint. Her work often combines a hard edge defined area either surrounded by or encompassing a very painterly area. Her work on aluminium combines painting, printmaking and photography, the outcomes being enriched by the reflective element of the material. Subjects are often crossed referenced between the works on canvas and aluminium. Subject matter is sometimes narrative, other times a moment in time, or an emotion in the form of a landscape.

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Margot Baird is an internationally exhibited artist having had solo exhibitions in 4 continents in addition to copious group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Primarily a painter she has also worked extensively in mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, photography, mosaics, sculpture and photography. As well as teaching and lecturing Margot has worked professionally as an interior designer.

Teaching

1986          “Head of School of Fine Arts” – St Patrick’s Arts Centre, now known as LASALLE College

of the Arts Singapore.

1985-86     Lectured in painting, drawing, photography and printmaking at St Patrick’s Arts Centre,

now known as LASALLE College of the Arts Singapore.

1979-84     Taught art, craft, photography and art history at Roseville College, Sydney, Australia.

1978          Taught art, craft, photography and art history at Ashfield College, Sydney, Australia.

Solo Exhibitions

2013          Variations on a Landscape – Gallery Pejean. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

2003          Parallel Perceptions – Gallows Gallery. Mosman Park. WA. Australia.

1998          Paysage de Provence – Gallerie L’Oppidum. Oppede le Vieux, Provence, France.

1998          Recent Works – Carnegie Dr. Syracuse, New York, USA.

1996          Landscape Impressions (paintings & ceramics) – Gadfly Gallery. Nedlands. WA. Australia.

1993          Recent Works W.A. – Old Church Gallery. North Fremantle, WA, Australia.

1991          Recent Works – Art Base Gallery. Singapore.

1990          Phase III – Creative Arts Centre, National Art Gallery. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014          Bay of Fires Art Prize –  Tidal Waters, St Helens, Tasmania.

2014          Tasmanian Landscape – Academy Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts. Launceston.

Tasmania. Australia.

2014          30 X 30 – Gallery Pejean. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

2013          Showcase 2013 – Gallery Pejean. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

2012          Showcase – Gallery Pejean. Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

2010          2010 Mosman Park Art Award. – Memorial Hall. Mosman Park, W.A. Australia.

2005          St. Hilda’s Art Exhibition. – Perth. W.A. Australia.

2004          Artitude 2004 –  Burswood International Resort Casino. Perth. W.A. Australia.

2004          Iris Award 2004 – The Photography Gallery of Western Australia. Northbridge. W.A.

1999          Group Exhibition – Gallery 210. Syracuse, New York. USA.

1996          Group Exhibition – NN Gallery. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1996          St. Hilda’s Art Exhibition. – Perth. W.A. Australia.

1996          Artcenter – Newman College. Perth. W.A. Australia.

1996          The Ultimate Proof – Access Gallery. Art Gallery of Western Australia. Perth. WA.

1995          Group Exhibition – Perth Gallery. West Perth. W.A. Australia.

1995          Newman College Exhibition – Perth, WA. Australia.

1995          Celebrating the Regions of Western Australia – Katsui Studio. Perth International Airport.

W.A. Australia.

1995          Group Exhibition – The Bridge Gallery at the Maltings. Perth. W.A. Australia.

1995          Kings Park Tennis Club Exhibition (24/09/95) – Kings Park Tennis Club, Perth. W.A. Aust.

1995          Celebrate the Maj Exhibition – His Majesty Theatre, Perth. W.A. Australia.

1994          W.A. Youth Theatre Auction (23/03/94) – Perth. W.A. Australia.

1994          32nd Albany Art Competition – Albany, W.A. Australia.

1994          St. Hilda’s Art Exhibition. – Perth. W.A. Australia.

1994          City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize Exhibition – Kalgoorlie, WA. Australia.

1994          9th Town of Mosman Park – Art Purchase Award – 1994 – The Park Gallery. Mosman Park.

W.A. Australia.

1994           Balcatta Senior High School Art Auction – Perth. W.A. Australia.

1993          Third Annual Open Printmaking Competition – Tresillian Community Centre. Nedlands,

W.A. Australia.

1993          St. Hilda’s Art Exhibition. – Perth. W.A. Australia.

1993          Craft Council of Western Australia Inaugural Auction – Decorated Bowls by Eminent W.A.

                  Artists – Perth, W.A. Australia.

1993          The Be Active Fremantle Art Walk – The Door Exhibition Space, Fremantle. W.A. Aust.

1991          Singapore Art Fair 9 – World Trade Centre, Singapore.

1989          Represented by Galeri Citra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

<1988        Numerous group exhibitions in Sydney, NSW. Australia.

Awards

2014          Finalist – Bay of Fires Art Prize 2014 – St Helens, Tasmania, Australia.

2010          Finalist – 2010 Mosman Park Art Award –  Memorial Hall, Mosman Park. W.A. Australia.

2004          Finalist – Iris Award 2004 – The Photography Gallery of Western Australia. Northbridge.

  1. Australia

1994          Finalist – 32nd Albany Art Competition – Albany, WA. Australia.

1994          Finalist – City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Art Prize Exhibition – Kalgoorlie, WA. Australia.

1994          Finalist & Highly Commended – 9th Town of Mosman Park – Art Purchase Award 1994 –

                  The Park Gallery, Mosman Park. WA. Australia.

1993          Finalist – Third Annual Open Printmaking Competition – Tresillian Community Centre,

Nedlands, WA. Australia.

Commissions

Margot has also undertaken numerous commissioned paintings for private collectors and interior decorators internationally.

Commissioned works other than paintings include lead light window designs (private clients) USA; a collection of 50 hand painted tiles for the Beaconsfield Hotel, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia;  a 47 metre long mosaic wall, private residence, Perth, W.A. Australia; and several sculptural artworks including a figurative relief panel for the reception area of the Murray St. Lodge, West Perth, W.A. Australia.

Represented

  •         National Art Gallery (print making dept.). Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  •         Australian High Commission. Singapore.
  •         The Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Perth, W.A. Australia.
  •         Ron & Terrie Gomboc Collection. Perth, W.A. Australia.
  •         The Family Law Courts. Perth, W.A. Australia.
  •         Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Johari Collection, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  •         Australian Pacific Air Conditioning (APAC). Perth, W.A. Australia.
  •         The Fallon Group. Sydney. NSW. Australia.
  •         Monte Saint Angelo College. Sydney. NSW. Australia.

Margot Baird is represented in private collections in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore and the U.S.A.

Selected biography

  • “The Bay of Fires Art Prize 2014” Catalogue. p7 &8. Tasmania.
  • “Tasmanian Landscape” Academy Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts  Catalogue. Feb 2014
  • “Landscape draws Baird” The Examiner (Launceston, TAS, Australia) November 2 2013. p.34.
  • “Variations on a Landscape ; Margot Baird at Gallery Pejean” WARP Magazine (Tasmania, Australia) November 2 2013. p.35.
  • “Artworks help cancer support” Sunday Times (Perth. W.A. Australia) December 7 2003. (Prestige Properties section) p.21
  • “Layers of Life” Western Suburbs Weekly (Perth. W.A. Australia) December 2 2003. p.54.
  • The Luberon Echo. No. 7 Autumn (Provence, France) 1998. p.2.
  • “L’artiste Australienne Margot Baird expose ses dessins a l’Oppidum” La Provence – (Oppede) France. September 18 1998 p.6.
  • “Welcome to Provence” Syracuse Herald American – Stars. (Syracuse, New York, USA) June 14 1998. p.14.
  •  West Australian – Today – Arts. (Perth. W.A. Australia) July 5 1996. p.5.
  • “Gadfly showcases Baird’s latest work” Post Impressions. Post. (Perth. W.A. Australia) June 22 1996. p.36.
  • “Local Artist Exhibits in Nedlands” Local News. Cottesloe. (W.A. Australia) June 12 1996. p.5.
  • West Australian – Today – Arts (W.A. Australia) November 5 1993. p.4.
  • “New to the Scene” Fremantle Herald. (W.A. Australia) October 30 1993. p.12.
  • “Impressions on Show” Post (Perth. W.A. Australia) October 26 1993. p.41.
  • News Chronicle Perth. (W.A. Australia) October 20 1993. p.20.
  • “At An Aussie Art Show” Her World (Malaysia) April 1990. p. 68.
  • “A Home for the Arts” Her World (Malaysia) March 1990. p. 211.
  • “Aussie to Hold Solo Exhibition”  The Malay Mail. (Kuala Lumpur Malaysia) February 1 1990. p.5.
  • “Aussie Art to go on Show”  The Malay Mail. (Kuala Lumpur Malaysia) January 30 1990. p.4 & 5
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Summer Show - Gallery Pejean
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Editions 2017
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EDITIONS 2017

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Editions - A diverse exhibition of artworks using techniques which are able to be produced in editions.
Director's Choice 2016
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Director’s Choice 2016

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an annual group exhibition at Gallery Pejean
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SHE

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11 artists depicting SHE.
Landscapes 2015 - Gallery Pejean
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Featuring some of Tasmania's finest landscape painters
Landscapes - GP@WSE
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A group exhibition of landscapes by thirteen outstanding Tasmanian artists.
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Gallery Pejean showcases select established and emerging visual artists