Margie Sheppard - South Australian Printmaker and Painter

About the Artist

Margie Sheppard lives at Kangarilla, in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, where she works in her studio as a printmaker and painter.  Her practice now spans 30 years. In that time she has spent a long period working exclusively as a printmaker, making large densely coloured etchings for which she has become well known. In recent years she has returned to oil painting and she is currently dividing her time between painting and printmaking. Both these practices hold different but equally strong attractions for her.

Margie Sheppard’s new paintings and etchings show a transition to the most simple forms, leaving behind the figuration of her previous work. Simplicity and strength dominate.

Some of Margie’s paintings are simply suspended rectangles of colour. They are spacious and transcend the everyday. The colours are luminous and become the subject of the paintings.

Her layered abstractions reveal surfaces hovering over more surfaces, densely coloured yet pulsing radiantly. It is a world into which the viewer can fall, absorbed by its depths. Her many years as a printmaker informs her decisions and powerful sense of colour structure.

The etchings are purely abstract but have more visual elements for the viewer to read. Shape, texture and colour all play their part to give visual meaning.

Margie’s new work has the same sensibility as her previous figurative images. The stillness and dream-like quality remain.

Publications and Reviews

The Advertiser, 14 May 1992, by Ken Bolter

The Adelaide Review, October 1993

Business Review Weekly, 6 May 1996, by Adam Dutkiewicz

The Western Australian Weekly, July 1998, by Robert Cook

Imprint - The Quarterly Magazing of The Print Council of Australia, Volume 34 Issue 4, December 1998, by Pauline Muir

Imprint - The Quarterly Magazing of The Print Council of Australia, Volume 38 Issue 2, June 2002, by Judith Bruton

The Adelaide Review, 4 March 2005, by Stephanie Radok

The Advertiser, March 2005, by Adam Dutkiewicz

The Independent Weekly, 23 June 2007, by Adam Dutkiewicz

Adelaide Matters, July 2007, by Kylie Fleming