Burlington, North Carolina, b. 1953
Margaret Bowland studied studio art and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her paintings are a commentary on beauty and the need to be beautiful as well as the way in which we perceive a person based on their exterior appearance. Bowland explores ideas of gender, beauty, race, and individuality through gorgeous large-scale oil paintings and pastels. She creates a certain awareness in the viewer of these concepts and brings to the forefront of the human mind the way in which we perceive.
Bowland currently resides in New York and teaches at New York Academy. Her work has been exhibited at numerous museums as well as The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
To learn more about Margaret, check out this exclusive In Studio With interview, where we ask her about her artistic advice, infatuation with literature, and symbolism in her work.