By Jean Duffy
Margarette Dawitt, regarded by many as San Miguel’s premier artist will be presenting her latest collection of landscapes at galería OMO to coincide with the September artwalk at Fábrica la Aurora.
Works by Margarette Dawit
Fri, Sep 7, 5pm
Fábrica de la Aurora
Margarette’s work is large scale as always. These are powerful paintings that invite one into the high desert. Slashing brush strokes define sun-parched land. Calligraphic marks depict arthritic trees and broken rocks. Smoothing strokes of paint render monumental cactus saturated with unforgiving light. The paintings are about a place where plants and hills endure. No people, no cars, and no burros. Instead, solitude and drama of dark shadows and light. Margarette admires Caravaggio, and regardless of the subject, the light is revelatory, tell-all, no escape, spot lit midday sun; perhaps light is the real subject. If that were not enough, the colors are beautiful, with perfect values and perfect tones. This is truthful work, the true test of art, paintings that astound with fresh vision.
Though Margarette herself seldom ventures beyond Mexico’s borders, her paintings most certainly do.
Dawit’s work is included in many collections worldwide. Among them are: The Getty family, Los Angeles; Stephen Cadogan, London; Kunsthaus, Santa Fe; Paul Lavoie, Montreal; Marcelo Dorea, New York.