We began carrying the work of Margaret Sutherland in the summer of 2014. Since that time, there is not another artist in our collection whose work elicits the degree of attention and admiration that Margaret’s does. Her work is political, humourous and deeply thought provoking. Her work is significant and we are thrilled to be presenting this collection of her most recent oil paintings. Studio22 and Kingston are privileged to have access to these works.
We are besieged with ever more images but less awareness of what we are doing to ourselves and our world. Basically my work is sociological and biographical, from the viewpoint of a feminist who grew up in the end of one century, trying to make sense of life in the next one by witnessing and allegorizing what intrigues and concerns me, wondering where the pendulum of history is taking us next.
– Margaret Sutherland
A decade after graduating from Queen’s University in Arts and then Education, Margaret Sutherland formalized her professional art pursuit with a Master of Fine Arts (Cum Laude) in 2001 from The Graduate School of Figurative Art of The New York Academy of Art. Her path to fine art was organic, yet circuitous, having spent time teaching at home and abroad in Hong Kong with her husband — and realizing that her passion lay in something else. Sutherland grew her skill in community groups and high school art courses open to adults through NDSS before pursuing her degree.
It is interesting to note what is not formally cited in her resume, that her post secondary education began with the Foundation Year Program (FYP) at the University of King’s College in Halifax. This unique, highly intense course of study is the epitome of liberal arts – exploring only original classic texts outlining the evolution of the thoughts of mankind. Perhaps it is, in part, this education that has fuelled the deep questioning and philosophical commentary that is so integral to Margaret’s work.
Sutherland is an observer. Her unique and deeply compelling work is comprised of her multi faceted self. Technically sound and unwaveringly thought provoking. She is a painter and a thinker.