Margo Mead, b. 1940, received a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute, and graduated with a BFA, where she pursued a new approach in figurative painting. Her desire for change and depth lead her to explore the masters in art institutions in France, Spain and Italy, and followed her adventurous spirit and artistic explorations in Mexico. These experiences left a lasting impression on Mead’s paintings combining figure and landscape in bold composition and color.
Mead studied Chinese calligraphy and landscape, and traveled to Korea and later China, furthering her conception of Asian art. She continued her journeys, exploring parks where she was endowed with a greater understanding of color, light and cubism through landscape painting.
Using oil crayon, black ink and watercolor on rice paper or mixed media or acrylic on canvas, Mead
draws on her experiences and explores the human figure as a protagonist. Her work is poised between descriptive realism and abstraction through the bold balance of color, form, dimension and minimal line suggestive of anatomical structure as well as human emotions. Her figures react to what we have done to earth with shame, sadness, fear, and the rediscovery of responsibility to cherish, protect and restore.
Mead has shown internationally and extensively in New York City, where she is an active participant in the arts scene. She has been the recipient of several prizes and awards, and has work in a number of collections stateside and abroad.