Marguerite Horner

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Marguerite Horner
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Marguerite Horner - Fine Artist - Painter
Born Lincoln, England
Occupation Artist
Website Marguerite Horner [1]

Marguerite Horner (born in Lincoln [1]) says of her work “my paintings aim to investigate, among other things, notions of transience, intimacy, loss and hope.”[2] Marguerite is a representational painter whose work presents us with snapshots of the seemingly mundane: an unexceptional window at the top of a residential building, a sliver of dual carriageway in profile, a petrol station, a rundown shop in a tired suburban street, or a solitary woodland walker. The very banality of these scenes suggests that they have nothing to hide. Yet, in almost every instance, what would ordinarily be the focal point of a painting is either obscured or omitted altogether. In many cases, the obscurant takes over as the focus. We are not looking at a view, but what adheres our ability to discover that view......Ms. Horner paints in monochrome. Occasionally, a fragment of color creeps in like a slash of muted cherry red on a car or a hint of pale blue in a cloud. However, that too, severs our reconciliation of the scene. It serves to augment the overall colorlessness, not to contradict it. The imposing, almost overwhelming chiaroscuro of her early paintings has softened lately, but a sense of the uncanny remains. There is a strong feeling that the narrative is being played out elsewhere, that we are missing something and perhaps willfully so. It is unsettling. Constantly, one feels the urge to look over the shoulder. A threat looms. It is a closed narrative, a Hitchcockian tale.[3]

Marguerite Horner graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2004 and was presented with the Kidd Rapinet prize for outstanding degree work [4] since then Marguerite has exhibited widely in Art Fairs and group shows. In 2011 Horner exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale in ‘Afternoon Tea‘ with WW Gallery and in 2012 received her first London solo exhibition ‘The Seen and Unseen’ at The Pitzhanger Manor Gallery in London.[5] the catalogue essay was written by Lady Marina Vaizey . C.B.E. (former Art Critic for the FT and Sunday Times and a Turner Prize Judge)[6] In 2017 Marguerite won the NOA17 MS Amlin Prize for her Painting 'Church' showing 'Continuity in an Uncertain World'. The painting was inspired by a humanitarian visit to the original Calais refugee 'jungle' in 2014, with a 'Cenacle' prayer group formed by the Chiswick Comboni nuns. In 2018 Marguerite won the 'British Women Artist Award 2018[7]' and her work was acquired by the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven Connecticut, U.S.A. one of the largest collections of British Art outside of Great Britain. Her work has also been acquired by a number of Art museums including Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, The Madison Museum of Fine Art, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Schneider Museum of Art, Sheffield City Art Gallery and Swindon Art Gallery.[8]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • "Keep me Safe" Westminster Reference Library and Farm Street Church, Mayfair, London (2017) *
  • “Through each Today" The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church, London (2013)
  • “The Seen and Unseen” Pitzhanger Manor, London (2012)
  • “Marguerite Horner: Paintings” Usher Gallery, Lincoln (2006)
  • “Marguerite Horner: Paintings” Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (2006)


2001-2004: MA Fine Art Painting, City and Guilds of London Art School, London: Presented with the Kidd Rapinet prize for outstanding MA Degree work by Sir Peter Blake.[9]

1985-2000: Director of Marguerite Horner Ltd: Freelance Scenic Artist and mural painter ( working on Advertising and editorial campaigns and Film and BBC TV productions: Clients include 'Sunday Times Magazine' and 'World of Interiors'[10]

1977-1981: BBC Television Centre: Trained and worked as a Scenic Artist

1973-1976: B.A. Hons Degree in Fine Art Painting: Sheffield University.

Additional Qualifications:

2012: Foundation degree in Pastoral mission at Heythrop College: The Specialist Philosophy and Theology college of the University of London.

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2005-2008-2010-2011-2012-2013-2016[11][12]) The Threadneedle Prize Exhibition (2010-2013-2018) Lynn Painter Stainer Prize Exhibition (2010-2012-2017-2018) The National Open Art Competition (2011-2012-2014-2015-2016-2017) The Griffin Open( 2015)

  • 54th Venice Biennale 'Afternoon Tea' WW Gallery (2011)
  • 'In the City' East Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts, touring to Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London.(2018)
  • 'Getting Away' Arthouse1, Bermondsey, London SE1 touring to Quay Gallery, Isle of Wight.(2018)[13]
  • 'The Inner and the Outer' co-curated by Marguerite Horner and Trevor Burgess. Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1 3UW.[14](2018)
  • 'In the Future' Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2018) [15]
  • "Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century" Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, China (2018)
  • "Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century" The Yantai Art Museum,Yantai, China (2017)
  • "Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century"Artall Gallery,Nanjing, China (2017)
  • "Contemporary Masters from Britain: 80 British Painters of the 21st Century"Jiangsu Arts & Craft Museum, Nanjing. China (2017)
  • The National Open Art Competition (2017) Winner of the MSAmlin Award for painting 'Church'- 'Showing Continuity in an Uncertain World' inspired by a humanitarian visit to the first Calais refugee 'jungle' camp in 2014 with a group formed by the Comboni nuns.
  • "Anything Goes"Art Bermondsey Project Space, London (2017)
  • "Silence Un-Scene" Lewisham Art House, London (2017)
  • "Edgelands" UK Tour: APT Gallery London,(2016); Aberystwth; Hartlepool; Alison Richards Building, Cambridge; Beverley Museum & Gallery (2017)
  • "Contemporary Master from the East of England" The Cut, Halesworth. Suffolk, (2017)
  • The Derwent Art Prize (2016)
  • “Contemporary British Watercolours” Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Devon (2016)
  • “Contemporary British Watercolours” The Oriel Gallery, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry (2015)
  • “Contemporary British Watercolours” Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, Kent (2015)
  • “Rugby Collection 2015” Rugby Art Gallery and Museum (2015)
  • “Brentwood Stations of The Cross” Brentwood Cathedral (2015)
  • “Present Tense” Swindon Art Gallery (2015)
  • “@PaintBritain” Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich (2014)
  • “Contemporary British Painting” The Crypt St Marylebone Parish Church, London (2014)
  • “Contemporary British Painting” Huddersfield Art Gallery (2014)
  • "The Open West" the Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum (2013)
  • “In The City” The Lion and Lamb Gallery, London (2011)
  • The Artsway Open (2010)
  • “The MacGuffin” WW Gallery, London (2005)
  • “Mirage of Mind” Century Gallery, London (2005)


2018: Winner of the British Women Artists Award 2018.

2017: NOA17 MS Amlin Themed Prize - Marguerite Horner for an artwork responding to ‘Continuity in an Uncertain World’[20] Video of acceptance speech on winning the NOA17 MS Amlin Award at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf [21] Film interview by producer Bridget Osbourne[22] about winning the NOA17 MSAmlin prize for an artwork responding to 'Continuity in an Uncertain world [23]

2016: NOA16 Cill Rialaig Artist Award [24]

2004: Kidd Rapinet prize for outstanding MA Degree work at City & Guilds of London Art School.