HUGH MARGERUM


 

"My work is an abstract interpretation of things that happen in nature and everyday life. I find I’m often dealing with reconciling opposites and dealing with contradictions, in life, philosophy, and art.  In the work, this process of reconciliation serves as a metaphor for things we deal with as humans. As with anyone involved in making serious art, I’m attempting to make something ‘real’, which in my case can be loosely defined as an attempt to find and re-present the poetry in the world around us.  Making things by hand, painting with oils oftentimes seems to be an old-fashioned endeavor in this digital age. By utilizing the romantic nature of oil paint, exploiting the qualities unique to the medium; the lush color and two-dimensional plasticity -- I’m able to express feelings, thoughts, and impressions that have arisen as a result of my ‘research’ in the field; the observation of nature and pondering the nature of human-ness."

View Hugh Margerum Artwork | Originals.  Oil paint on canvas, paper and monotypes.

 


 

Hugh Margerum has been an exhibiting artist for most of his adult life. His work is in numerous collections in Santa Barbara and around the country. Primarily working with oil paint - on canvas, paper, and monotypes - Margerum’s abstract work reflects his interest in exploring relationships of scale, figure and ground, and most of all color. Practicing his art in Santa Barbara since 1978, he has also during that time been a printmaking instructor SBCC’s Adult Education program, a landscaper/designer, a concrete artisan, a curator, and co-author of two books on plants of the Santa Barbara foothills. In 1981, he and his family founded the Wine Cask Restaurant and Hugh continues to be involved in the
wine world as managing web sales and the wine club for Margerum Wine Company, his brother Doug’s winery.

Bachelor of Art, 1978. Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. Fine Art;  concentration on painting.

Hugh Margerum lives and works in Santa Barbara, CA.

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Group and Solo Exhibitions

2010 - “Circular Logic and Other Dilemmas” Solo Show,  Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2009 - “Reflections and Projections”. 20 Years of the Individual Artist Awards, Curated by Anette Kubitza, Ph.D., The Berkus Collection , Works From Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection, Foxworthy Gallery, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA

2009 - “Small Images”. Group Show, Julie Joyce – Juror, Atkinson Gallery, SBCC, Santa Barbara, California

2009 - “In The Abstract”. Group Show - First Prize, Juried by Anthony Askew, 855 at the Art Center, Carpinteria, CA

2009 - “Circles”. Art From Scrap Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2008 - Individual Artist Award Group Exhibition, Winner for award in painting, Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California                                                       

2008 - “Gallery Artists”. Group Show, Edward Cella Art+Architecture Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2008 - “Pink Elephants...”  Valentine Show. Invitational Group Show,Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

2008- “Fabric of Life”. Artist interpretations in fabric and other materials, Art From Scrap Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2008 - “Paper Cut”. Curated by Holly MacKay, Art From Scrap Gallery,Santa Barbara, California

2009 - “Circles”. Art From Scrap Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2008 - Individual Artist Award Group Exhibition, Winner for award in painting, Santa Barbara Arts Fund Gallery, Santa Barbara, California                                                       

2008 - “Gallery Artists”. Group Show, Edward Cella Art+Architecture Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2008 - “Pink Elephants...”  Valentine Show. Invitational Group Show,Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

2008- “Fabric of Life”. Artist interpretations in fabric and other materials, Art From Scrap Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2008 - “Paper Cut”. Curated by Holly MacKay, Art From Scrap Gallery,Santa Barbara, California

2007 - SB/ART: “The View from Here”. East/West Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2007 - “Small Images” Group Show. Alison Saar – Juror, Atkinson Gallery, SBCC, Santa Barbara, California

2006 - Barry Berkus and Family Art Collection. Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara, California

2006 - Produced and Painted by: A Taste of Santa Barbara County Wine and Produce Labels Curated by Sarah Chamberlin and Rita Ferri

2005 - “HOT”  Valentine Show. Invitational Group Show, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

2005 - “Wish You Were Here”. Invitational Postcard Show, Santa Barbara Arts Council Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

2004 - “BLUR” Temporary Contemporary at the Bekins. Paintings and installation, Group show curated by Carey Berkus & Ginny Brush, Santa Barbara, California

2002 - “New Paintings by Hugh Margerum”  - Solo Show. Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2002 - “Moving Picture”. Installation - Painting with motor and 187 pieces, The GlassBox - SB Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California

2001 - “Hidden Layers”. Recent Work by Hugh Margerum - Solo Show, Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

2000 - Paintings and Monotypes - Solo Show. Architectural Foundation Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1999 - Faculty Art Exhibit, SBCC Adult Education, Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1999 - Frame - Group Show, Santa Barbara, California

1998 - “Small Images” Group Show. Paul Mills – Juror, Atkinson Gallery, SBCC, Santa Barbara, California

1998 - "Old Friends, New Beginnings",  Group Show. Fresh Paint Gallery, Culver City, California

1998 - "Six Artists". Danica House Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1997 - "Group Show". Flanders Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1996 - "Large Scale Monotypes New Work by Hugh Margerum”. Tullis Workshop, Santa Barbara, California

1996 - Group Show- "Unique Works on Paper". Selected Artists of the Tullis Workshop, Arts and Letters Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1996 - Group Show "Small Images". Joan Hugo – Juro, Atkinson Gallery

1996 - "Reflections/Observations: New Work in Oil". DesignArc Gallery, Santa Barbara, California

1996 - Group Show- "December". Jerrold Burchman Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California

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PUBLICATIONS

Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce. Cover Artist - 2006 Membership directory

Santa Barbara Independent. March 8, 2001, “Darker Delights” by D.J. Palladino

Santa Barbara News Press. March 21, 2001, “About Art, Paint, and Process” by Joan Crowder

Visions Art Quarterly. Fall 1991, "Showcase" Artist by Nancy Doll

Santa Barbara Independent. July6, 1989, "All For the Good" by Josef Woodard

SB ARTS Magazine 1984. Article by Jessica Abbott

California Wine Country, Blake Publishers

 

 

 

Additional ...

Hugh Margerum - Other Work