Favorite Artist Fridays: Margaret Kilgallen

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One of the most exciting parts of reading creative and art-based blogs is the discovery of new-to-me artists. One of the coolest parts of the whole-world consciousness of the internet is this easy ability to learn about lesser-known and/or up-and-coming artists. I LOVE it when other people post about an artist they admire and it isn’t someone I’ve heard of previously. I get excited and inspired.

In fact, I’m so inspired that I’m starting a new feature on Artful Artsy Amy called “Favorite Artist Fridays” where I’m going to post about some of my favorite artists. Knowing me, there will be a whole range from extremely famous to just-getting-started. My point is not to focus on re-writing a biography or critique of the artist’s work, but rather to simply share with you someone whom I admire and appreciate. The explanations will be short, there will be plenty of images and lots of links for you to learn about the artist. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Margaret Kilgallen

Margaret Kilgallen’s work focuses on the primitive aspects of self-taught sign-makers and commercial designers. Her work has this little ironic twist on what the primitive side of sign making looks like. I love to look at her line work and admire how crisp and clean her lines are, and then know that she was someone for whom a “perfect line” wasn’t very important. She knew a great deal about signage and sign-making as she had worked with letterpress and in libraries.

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Margaret Kilgallen passed away in 2001 at the age of 33 due to complications from breast cancer. She has a daughter who was only a month old at the time of her passing. When I look at her work I get a little wistful because I wonder how she would have evolved; she clearly was an amazing talent.
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