Margit Sampogna

Profile At A Glance

Recent Exhibitions  (in alphabetical order)

  • Annual Art Exhibit, London England 2012-2014
  • ARA New Masters Debut, 2014
  • Artworld, 2012-2015
  • Aurora Skylight Gallery, 2008
  • Beaux Art Juried Exhibition, 2011
  • Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival 2015
  • Creek Conservation Centre, 2009
  • Dan’s Antiques 2012 to present
  • Galleria 814, 2014
  • King Museum, 2008-2009
  • King Studio Tour, 2006-2012, 2014
  • Schomberg Street Gallery Show, 2009, 2010
  • Todmorden Mills, 2007

Associations

  • Art Society King
  • Artists for Conservation
  • International Guild of Realism

Biography

Born in 1954 in Denmark, Margit grew up in the west end of Toronto with many summers spent in her homeland. She was accustomed to seeing ordinary homes filled with original oils and she enjoyed watching her grandfather paint. He provided her with a variety of basic quality art supplies from a young age and so the lifelong interest in art was fostered.

Her childhood home is filled with many works from this time. Although she dreamed of a career in the arts practicality prevailed and she entered the professional world (Occupational Therapy), married and raised a family.

In 2004 she could no longer ignore the yearning to paint and so began the present journey. Passionate about the natural world she focused for a time on botanical subject matter exclusively. In 2008 Margit’s painting of the Bloodroot was chosen to be included in the publication: “Oakridge’s Moraine, Connecting with Nature”, Artists preserving the Moraine with Paint.

After studying various mediums and techniques Margit decided to focus on acrylic and oil painting. Margit loves birds; her feisty and very tame parrolet being a testament to the patience necessary to capturing the accurate likeness of birds in her paintings. Most recently she’s focused on painting still life in a classical style blending organic forms with objects delighting in capturing texture with the effects of light and shadow superimposed. Her work is labour intensive taking several weeks to complete.

Margit is a member of International Artists for Conservation and the International Guild of Realism.

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Artist’s Statement

“I didn’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. My subject matter has evolved over time. I like to explore wherever I am and I like things of all sorts. I always check out anything that evokes my curiosity and my work reflects these encounters, be it of birds or botanical finds or “stuff” that piqued my interest and evoked personal memories. None of this has been intentional.

I have always decided to work in realism, a marriage of art and science perhaps. To capture successfully the subject matter in a two dimensional format as the Dutch Masters did I find incredulous.”