Margaret Pepper

Margaret Pepper

London, London, United Kingdom

About Margaret Pepper

Why do I paint? Because I am driven to express myself in art. Every time that I get a new idea, and have an immediate urge to paint the subject whatever it is.

Throughout time artists have reflected upon their time and its religious, political and economic circumstances. In the 20th century they tried to reflect on the turbulence caused by world wars and the breakdown of an established order. Today it is now our turn to be social commentators on the early 21st century, and tackle today's issues on such things as climate change, struggle for freedoms, and the speed at which technology is developing. For most people of my generation technology seems to be too fast, but of course this change has been around since the stone age, and the invention of the wheel. For example, I find the mobile phone extraordinary, the fact that you can call anyone in the world from anywhere you happen to be walking along. Young people think nothing of this, but I look upon the world from my perspective, and so my art is reflected in a sense of wonder, thus I find that I don't think in term of the "now" but over much longer time spans, so that everything is seen in an expanded context.

So in this respect I have selected some works dealing with these themes.

Education

Self taught artist.

Events

2007: Film entitled "Four Hours to Sunrise" University of East London, E16
2008: Photo appeared in The "Oldie" magazine
2009: Appeared in Guardian article, section G2
2009: "Seeking Answers" brochure produced
2009: "Latecomers" film produced by Olivia Humpheys, and subsequently shown at cinemas at Roxy Bar Southwark, Shortwave Cinema Bermondsey, The Roundhouse, Camden Town, BFI South Bank Centre, also in Berlin, Buernos Aires, and Warsaw.
2009: Article appeared on Suite101.com - large Canadian website.
2010: Paintings used NHS Royal Free Hospital to illustrate booklet, which was printed 1.3 million times. Painting "Sunburst" on front cover.
2010: Worked with Sphere Gallery, E1
2010: "Latecomers" shown at 7th London short film festival and also at Richmix Shoreditch E1, and BFI South Bank
2010: "Portrait of an Artist" (my photo) taken by Anne Clements shown at the London Independent Photography exhibition held at the Proud Gallery, off The Strand
2011:Book published entitled "Seeking Answers" with full colour plate illustrations
2011: Illustrated talk given at Crisis housing charity E1
2011: My photo appears in book "Women Only" by Anne Clements, with my paintings in the background
2012: My painting "Ghost of a Heroin Addict" published by Kensington Chelsea & Westminster Today newspaper to illustrate article on drug addiction.
2012: Illustrated talk given to invited audience at the Hayward Gallery, South Bank
2013: Talk on Soho Radio with selected music
2013: Pictures on Pallent House website
2013: Part of "Human Book" programme organised by Crisis housing charity, events held in London & Birmingham
2013: Picture "Hands off our Soho" published in Soho Clarion (page 11)
2014: Painting and article published by Accent Magazine
2014: Picture "Sunset over Walker's Court" published on the front cover of the Soho Clarion (Soho quarterly magazine)
2014: My photo appears on BBC News Magazine (12th August 2014)
2014: My photo appears in West End Extra (1st March 2014)
2015: Illustrated talk given at Islington Town Hall, N1
2015: "Outsiders in London" show held at St. Martins Church in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.
2015: Illustrated talk held at Tower Hamlets council
2015: Painting "The Olive Grove" on permanent exhibition at Mediterranean Cafe, Berwick St, Soho
2015: Picture "Streets of Gold" published on Kensington Chelsea & Westminster newspaper website
2015: My photo appears on The Independent website (3rd Dec 2015)

2016: Film "Margaret's Story" produced on behalf of Eastside Community Heritage based at Ilford, Redbridge, first showing at Fulwell Cross library, Barkingside
2016: Film and talk presented at community group at Stepney Green
2016: Photo on The Independent newspaper (14th Jan 2016 page 4)
2016: Part of book entitled "The Sex Lives of English Women" written by Wendy Jones, launch held at Daunt Books, Fulham Road, SW10
2016: Seascape painting produced for Soho Meze restaurant
2016: Photo and article published in Daily Mirror 14th May 2016 pages 36 & 37
2016: Photo and article published in Chat magazine 14th July 2016 pages 20 & 21
2016: Own private gallery built for private shows
2016: Part of film made by Flexible Films for Opening Doors London, part of Age Concern
2017: Talks given to invited audiences as part of History Month events in East London

Exhibitions

2005-2008: weekly exhibition of new painting at the Philbeach Hotel, Earl's Court.
2005-2015: weekly exhibition of new painting at Way Out Club, City of London.
2005-2005: monthly exhibition of new painting at Transmission in the Barbican.
2005-2007: month exhibition of paintings at The Lodge, Upminster, Essex
2008: Solo exhibition at Blue Room Cafe, Bateman Street, Soho
2008: Novas LGBT exhibition Parkway, Camden Town
2008: Solo exhibition at Alphabet Bar, Beak Street, Soho
2009: Menier Gallery LGBT exhibition at Southwark SE1
2010: LGBT History Month show at St. Pancras Hospital Conference Centre
2010: Painting "The Artificial Economy" shown at Tate Modern Turbine Hall. This was organised by The Museum of Everything (from Primrose Hill), and was later shown at Hay-on-Wye festival.
2010: Exhibition at Letchworth festival
2010: Conceptual artwork shown at Wellcome Collection, Euston Rd, NW1
2010: Part of Loudest Whispers LGBT History Month art exhibition at St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre, NW1
2010: "Crucifixion" painting part of exhibition shown at the Interarts exhibition held at the Central School of Speech & Drama, Swiss Cottage, NW3
2010: "Portrait of an Artist" (my photo) taken by Anne Clements shown at the London Independent Photography exhibition held at the Proud Gallery, off The Strand
2011: Solo show at Can of Gas Gallery at Bethnal Green
2011: Exhibited portrait at Dazed & Refused show at Hurwendeki Cambridge Heath E2. My photo & artwork in Guardian G2 supplement
2011: "Friends of Margaret" solo show of portraits held at the St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre, and mentioned in "Time Out London"
2012: Solo show held at the Society Club, Soho
2012: My painting "Ghost of a Heroin Addict" published by Kensington Chelsea & Westminster Today newspaper to illustrate article on drug addiction.
2013: Painting shown at new show at St. Pancras Hospital Conference Centre
2014: Painting shown at 2014 Loudest Whispers LGBT History Month at St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre
2015: Painting shown at 2015 Loudest Whispers LGBT History Month exhibition at St. Pancras Hospital Conference Centre
2015: "Outsiders in London" show held at St. Martins Church in the Fields, Trafalgar Square.
2015: Contemporary art show held at The Millinery Works, Islington, N1
2015: Painting "The Olive Grove" on permanent exhibition at Mediterranean Cafe, Berwick St, Soho
2016: Painting shown at The OPEN OPEN exhibition 2016 at Swiss Cottage gallery.