Marguerite Horner

My practice is concerned with the non-material, a reality we can access through contemplation and painting…Jung asserts that ‘the experience of the Sacred and Holy is a fundamental requirement of the self. To deny it brings spiritual decay; to embrace it illuminates the soul with meaning’.

Today the moving image dominates our world and whilst visually powerful in so many respects, it denies us the opportunity for stillness and reflection. The value of a painting lies in its ability to induce a contemplative state in the viewer. As Walter Benjamin says ‘before it the spectator can abandon himself to his associations.’

For me, the value of contemplation lies in its ability to reconcile the heart and the mind into one. I’m inspired by Merleau-Ponty’s observation that it is ‘precisely because painting does not ‘copy’ things, and because it does not offer things to thought as does science but presents them immediately and bodily, in their depth and movement, that painting gives a true sense of the world and what it means to see it.’

Through my work I’m interested in enquiring into the ways in which man may be related to the infinite. Upon the framework of this enquiry my paintings aim to investigate, amongst other things, notions of transience, intimacy, loss and hope. I use the external world as a trigger or metaphor for these experiences? and through a period of gestation and distillation, I make a series of intuitive decisions that lead the work towards completion.

‘For the only equivalent for the universe within is the universe without’ Jung .

Marguerite Horner 2020

Marguerite Horner graduated with an MA in Fine Art from City&Guilds in 2004. She has since been exhibiting widely in Art Fairs and Group Shows internationally. In 2011 Marguerite exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2012 Marguerite had her first London Solo Exhibition ‘The Seen and Unseen’‘ at The Pitzhanger Manor Gallery. In 2017 Horner won the NOA17 MS Amlin Prize. In 2018 Horner won the British Women Artist Award and examples of her work were acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art in New Haven Connecticut. 

Her work has also been acquired by a number museums in England, USA, and China.

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