NEW PAINTINGS BY MARGRET E.
REMBRANDT'S BLING CONTINUES TO CAPTIVATE
Gleneden Beach, Oregon, December 2007—During
the six months since the nearly sold out exhibit, Lessons
from the Low Countries,
Oregon artist, Margret Short has continued the quest
for Rembrandt’s bling through further experimentation
with hand made historical pigments. In her Lessons project Short painted eleven works inspired by the
palette of selected Dutch masterpieces from the
Rembrandt and the Golden Age
of Dutch Art exhibit
presented at the Portland Art Museum June through
September of 2007.
Not content with contemporary colors, Short replicated
17th century pigments for her initial inspiration
paintings and has continued to make and use each
magical color since the completion of her collection.
Delighted with her discoveries, Short says, “There
is no comparison to the handling qualities of the
modern pigments. Everything about the handmade historical
pigments is different from the modern; particle
size, thickness, consistency, color, saturation,
and on and on.”
After her exhaustive research, documentation, and
application of the historical paints, Short is convinced
of the lasting beauty and splendid qualities of
these pigments. The unrefined texture of the paints
exhibit varied surfaces that promote unusual and
beautiful effects. Each color is ground exactly
like the early painters in their studios using simple
tools such as a muller, grinding slab, and linseed
oil. Only small amounts are made every few days
to ensure the freshness required to achieve the
lasting beauty of the surface of her canvases.
For this current exhibit,
Salishan, Short painted small still lifes depicting
objects that clearly evoke the brilliance and hue
of the historical pigments. The items in the compositions
are assembled and used as “paint vehicles” which
carry the pigment from palette to canvas resulting
in rich chiaroscuro images. She also uses her stunning
wizardry depicting lace like no other contemporary
Margret Short has exhibited her work throughout
the United States and beyond, including the C. M.
Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana; and the
Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is the
recipient of two coveted Salmagundi Club Awards,
the Grumbacher Gold Medallion, and many other national
honors. She is also Signature member of the Oil
Painters of America, American Women Artists, and
the Copley Society.
An opening reception will be held Saturday, December
8th, 2007, at 2:00 in the afternoon.