29th April to 2nd May 2017
PS45, 45 Preston Street, Exeter, EX1 1DF
Open 10.30-4.30pm each day
This exhibition contains ideas and developments acquired over five decades. It starts with early work from the late ’50s when Margaret was a student at Liverpool College of Art and when the City of Liverpool was a cultural force for change. She worked alongside a number of artistic luminaries such as John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe (the fifth Beatle) and many other artists, musicians, poets and playwrights .
Words and their meanings has always fascinated Margaret and one of her first exhibitions was based on the book Alice in Wonderland, where wordplay was so inventive. Another series which features in the exhibition is based around the Berlin Wall; ideas which have elements of history and mythology.
Central to the entire exhibition is a series of paintings on the concept of flight and early airplanes through the central character of Amy Johnson the aviatrix. This series concentrates on the outward bound flight she completed in 1930 from England to Australia which made her into one of the world’s first celebrities. Margaret has never exhibited this series in its entirety, although the larger part was shown in the Salar Gallery, Hatherleigh and also in Rennes.
Technically the paintings vary enormously over the years offering the opportunity to compare and contrast styles and influences, the connecting thread between it all is the human figure.
John died on 6th January at the age of 85. He was a much admired artist and a valued friend. I know many people will share my sadness at his passing but will also feel so lucky to have met him, to have seen his wonderful paintings and to have enjoyed his company.
I curated his last exhibition which was held at The Malthouse in August 2016. Here he showed three magnificent paintings alongside abstract artist Patrick Jones and ceramicist Chris Prindl.
He will be greatly missed.
Right: John Hubbard in his garden in Dorset
Below Left: Change
Below Right: Foaming