John Bird Studio :: Margaret Clarkson
Margaret was born in 1941 in Rotherham and feels, as do many people
in this age group, that the austerity of the 1940s and 50s created its
own visual and emotional ethos that is both unique and memorable.
Many people regard the 1940s and 50s as the ‘good old days’
whether or not they really were. Materially I suppose, we had very
little, but our daily lives were rich with activity and detail. I like
to recreate the mood of that post-war era.
Margaret was an art teacher for many years in South Yorkshire, after
training at Rotherham School of Art and Bromley College of Art.
She has had several exhibitions; done commissions for book
illustration; her prints have been used in regional and national
magazines; her original paintings, limited edition prints and greetings
cards are sold in over 200 galleries throughout Britain.
A member of the Fine Art Trade Guild for several years, Margaret was
a finalist in the Best Selling Published Artist awards in 2006, 2007
Since she retired from teaching, there has been more time to produce
her work, while her husband, Mac, does much of the publicity and
is one of the top-selling artists in Britain, with her work being
described as a powerful historical record of working class households
in the post-war era.
original watercolours and limited edition prints are a reminder of that
time; they make people smile and are highly collectable.
of the ideas I have come from my childhood. I don’t know whether I was
really observant but the detail and atmosphere seems to have been
etched on my memory – which is extremely useful now!"
Margaret Clarksons Website