• Margo Schöpf

    Margo Schöpf
    • Artist Statement
      • My work is expressionistic, mostly figurative. Beginning with a sort of extraction of the myriad emotions, happenings and pivotal points in the journey of my life - which ave been waiting, lurking, to be transformed onto canvas. Some works are self-indulgent, others less so, always personal, but isn't all art, by its very nature, personal?

        I work with oils on canvas, in a somewhat raw way. My work is not pretty - some would call it 'dark'. I use titles, but leave it to the viewer to bring his/her own interpretation to the work.

        Painting is, for me, both agony and ecstasy.
    • Biography
      • Born in Johannesburg, South Africa Neo Expressionist painter.  Mainly self-taught with regard to painting. Worked as graphic designer until 2007 when I gave it up to paint full-time.

        Selected Exhibitions:

        Group exhibition 'A Collaboration'at Artlink Gallery on 6th, Johannesburg
        Group exhibition 'The Female Collection'at Henry George Gallery, Johannesburg

        Group exhibition '50/50' - DF Contemporary Cape Town
        Group exhibition 'Behind the screen' Artlink Gallery Johannesburg

        Solo exhibition 'Through The Glass Darkly' - ArtEye Gallery, Johannesburg

        Solo exhibition 'Suspicious Minds'- ArtEye Gallery, Johannesburg
        Group exhibition 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'- ArtEye Gallery, Johannesburg

        Group exhibition Ýesterday, Today and Tomorrow' - Youngblood Gallery Cape Town

        Solo exhibition Gerard Sekoto Gallery

        Solo exhibition Karen Staples-Durney

    • Interview
      • Which South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        Penny Siopis never fails to inspire me with her mysterious and haunting images, Pauline Gutter for her delightful portrayal of the humble cow and brilliant brushwork, Jane Alexander's weird sculptures, Ilana Seati for her wonderful use of colour and line, Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi with his huge epic paintings, Breyten Bretenbach - he's fun.

        Which deceased South African artist do you most admire and why?
        Judith Mason for her drawing skills and unusual paint application; Robert Hodgins for his stunning clean, unmuddy colour.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        Penny Siopis''Pinky Pinky'. This exhibition got to me on so many levels. I left in a state of emotional turmoil but filled with admiration for what she had portrayed so publicly.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        Everyday happenings, phrases, news, thoughts, memories, dreams. If things bother me enough I paint them.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I'm always painting - in my head. When I get to my studio, the dominant thoughts find their way to the canvas. Sometimes I succeed in painting what I am feeling, but often I scap the whole thing, perhaps picking up the thread at a later time. Somethimes I just paint nonsense flowers or landscapes, when my mind is weary.

        What do you most like about being an artist?
        In my previous life I was a graphic designer and although the work was creative, it was always what someone else wanted. I love the freedom of painting what I want to paint. If my portrait has three eyes, so be it.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        I don't have many 'bad'days. Some days are less productive. I wipe hours of work from the canvas. I do suffer PED (Post Exhibition Depression) after a show. The remedy? Get into the studio and paint.

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        I've had exhibitions and sales, but have I actually achieved anything, really? I feel I am in my infancy as far as my artistic experience is concerned. I still have far to go, much to learn.

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
        Difficult question. I doubt if anything I do will make the slightest difference to the world or other people's lives.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        Perhaps there is an exhibition forthcoming in the next couple of months... perhaps not. I feel I need to hone my skills, let go of the fear of failure and self-doubt and put myself óut there' more, being a bit of a hermit. Time will tell.

  • Birds Fly, Politicians Lie - Painting by Margo Schöpf MARGO SCHÖPF
    Birds Fly, Politicians Lie
    Painting / 76 x 101 cm
    R16 000
  • Night Visitors - Painting by Margo Schöpf MARGO SCHÖPF
    Night Visitors
    Painting / 85 x 83 cm
    R19 000
  • Best Friends - Painting by Margo Schöpf MARGO SCHÖPF
    Best Friends
    Painting / 76 x 101 cm
    R19 000
  • Ebony And Ivory - Painting by Margo Schöpf MARGO SCHÖPF
    Ebony And Ivory
    Painting / 76 x 101 cm
    R16 000
  • Dancing At The Coimbra - Painting by Margo Schöpf MARGO SCHÖPF
    Dancing At The Coimbra
    Painting / 70 x 90 cm
    R17 500
  • Oblivion - Painting by Margo Schöpf MARGO SCHÖPF
    Painting / 68 x 78 cm
    R12 000