Margaret Glew lives and paints in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was born in the UK, and grew up in Quebec and New Brunswick, where she spent her free time riding, walking in the woods, and drawing.
The immediate source of my work is the painting process itself. Paint is applied, moved around, scraped and scratched and reapplied. Images arise from this ongoing interaction with the work in progress. Painting is intuitive, intense, non-verbal, physical, active. It is a process of building up and stripping away again in a search for what is fundamental. It moves back and forth between complexity and simplicity in an effort to find that place where nothing can be added or taken away without destroying the whole.
For me, painting is both a process of discovery and a way of exploring deeper layers of meaning. My work is an expression of my connection to the natural world and its continuing cycles of birth, growth, death, decay, and renewal. The immediate environment, both manmade and natural, provides a constantly changing source of visual stimulation. The paintings have deep roots in the physical environment.
Glew has been exhibiting her work since 1989, most recently at Engine Gallery, Toronto, and in "Parca", Canada in New York, at the 511 Gallery in Chelsea, New York. Her work has won a number of awards and is represented in several public collections, including the City of Toronto Art Collection, the Richmond Hill Public Library, and the Sunnybrook Regional Health Centre.
2009 Engine Gallery, Toronto, "Lines of Communication"
2008 Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto, "Close Encounters" 2008 Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto "Silence and Slow Time" 2007 Engine Gallery, Toronto, "Shifting Borders" 2006 Loop Gallery, Toronto, "Traces" 2005 Engine Gallery, Toronto, "Winter Fire" 2004 Cell Gallery, Gallery 1313, Toronto, "Marking Time" 2004 Praxis Gallery, Toronto, "Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral" 2004 Loop Gallery, Toronto, "Ordinary Angels" 2002 Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery, Scarborough 1996 York University Faculty Club, Toronto