Maggie Wilde West
Maggie began painting in Sydney, in her twenties. She studied art at East Sydney Technical College, while completing her Music Degree at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. Sidetracked into the performing arts, Maggie has had a distinguished working career in theatre film and television. She returned to painting in the late eighties in Western Australia, when she did her Fine Arts Diploma at Claremont School of Art.
Blatantly a colourist painter, Maggie’s effervescent use of colour portrays her personality, integrity and verve. “For me, all the sexual and procreative energies in nature, the camouflage, submission, flamboyance and domination are revealed in the dialogue between colours. I like to explore the mysteries inherent in the relationships that colours have with each other and to capture those phenomenal moments where one colour morphs into another, or, refusing to decide, hangs precipitously between the two.”
Maggie’s print series, 'On Closer Inspection', developed from drawings done in Kings Park, Perth, reveals her unique vision of Western Australian wildflowers. They are colourful, architectural and edgy. Maggie refers to them as plant portraits. They exude individual personalities, which entice the viewer to examine them more closely. Choosing the medium of gouache for this series enables Maggie to create the strong colours and fine precision that such scrutiny demands.
Maggie is also known for her large, colourful and energetic landscapes. In her Western Australian landscape series, Beating About the Bush, and her Uluru series, Heart and Soul of Country, Maggie has chosen to work with watercolour. Its haphazard qualities help her to capture the effusion of changing light and colour in the landscape.
Maggie has won awards and her work is in both private and corporate collections. She has had two solo exhibitions and has also been in group exhibitions at the Holmes a Court Gallery, Maverick Gallery, White Sands Awards, Princess Margaret Hospital and the Q Festival, Cue.
Made in Western Australia.