Margaret-Kilgallen

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Margaret Kilgallen 

”Having been raised in the outskirts of Los Angeles, she was heavily influenced by the over-the-top yet seedy aesthetic of the American West, and often highlights signage, architecture and the iconic style of the region in her paintings. She applies a graphic style that is familiar and nostalgic to these settings, incorporating imagery that is mundane and often low brow, to contrast these grandiose scenes with everyday life.”

“i like things that are handmade and i like to see people’s hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn’t matter to me where it is. and in my own work, i do everything by hand. i don’t project or use anything mechanical, because even though i do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it’s human. and i think it’s the part that’s off that’s interesting, that even if i’m doing really big letters and i spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, i’ll never be able to make it straight. from a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. and I think that’s where the beauty is.” - margaret kilgallen, RIP

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“I like things that are handmade and I like to see people’s hand in the world, anywhere in the world; it doesn’t matter to me where it is. And in my own work, I do everything by hand. I don’t project or use anything mechanical, because even though I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work and my hand, my hand will always be imperfect because it’s human. And I think it’s the part that’s off that’s interesting, that even if I’m doing really big letters and I spend a lot of time going over the line and over the line and trying to make it straight, I’ll never be able to make it straight. From a distance it might look straight, but when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that’s where the beauty is.”-Margaret Kilgallen (October 28, 1967 – June 26, 2001)