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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

MAURICE MARGULIES

MAURICE MARGULIES

Artist Work

In the Beginning
2009
Etching
10" X 21"
Great Falls Maryland
2003
oil
24" X 48"
Seated Woman
2010
Eching
20" X 14"
Alone
2003
Oil
26" X 30"
Sitting Man I
2012
oil on canvas
17" X 21"
I Console Myself II
2013
etchings on paper
24" X 32" matted and framed

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I work in the classical triumverate - painting (mostly oils but also some watercolor), drawing (charcoal, graphite, ink) and printmaking (mostly intaglio (etching and dry point) but also some lithography and woodcut. My visual subject matter is quite varied. My strongest interest is in the human figure, and in natural and industrial landscape. However other things that catch my eye, such as dead birds or other animals both alive and dead may be used as a source. I draw and paint from life, and interact strongly with my subject matter, yielding representational work with strong expressivity. My processp is a back and forth conversation between me, my medium and subject. However I also will sometimes use photographs and the computer as aids. I have wide interest in the visual arts and art techniques.

Artist Bio

Margulies was born and raised in New York City. He moved to the Washington-Baltimore area in the late fifties. He received a B.A. in Biology-Chemistry from Brooklyn College, and the Ph.D. in Microbiology-Biochemistry from Yale University. He studied additionally at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard and the Weizmann Institute, and worked for twenty-seven years at the Smithsonian Institution. . Margulies has been drawing and painting since childhood, with a hiatus of thirty years when he pursued a career in Biochemistry. As a youth he attended Pratt Institute Saturday morning classes in drawing, painting and commercial art. After retiring as a research scientist Margulies restarted work in the visual arts. He pursued pursued academic training in studio art and in art history at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD.