Margaret Bedell
Watercolorist and Master Monoprinter

Margaret Bedell passed away on January 13, 2016 at her residence in Kihei Maui, Hawaii.
Our thoughts go out to her entire family. She was certainly a part of ours!
And we are proud to continue offering some of her finest work.

Margaret was born on October 8, 1924 in Toronto, Canada. After attending college, she met and married Harlan Jean Bedell. They were married over 50 years and had 5 children. Over the years, they had homes in San Marino, CA, Laguna Beach, CA, Corona Del Mar, CA and Kihei, HI. In 1976, Margaret established her own studio in Corona Del Mar where she evolved her unique method of making her viscosity monotypes from actual plant material. Margaret and her husband made the move to Maui in the early nineties where she enjoyed her plein air painting. She is a highly celebrated artist with thousands of original prints, mixed media, oil and watercolor paintings now in private and public collections around the world. She has been featured in many exhibitions, a book entitled "Artists in Hawaii" and has had her work commissioned for resorts, hospitals and public spaces.

 


NEWEST WORK

Limited Edition Prints


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"Seed of the Makalii"
Limited Edition Giclee Print
$1,200 Unframed
42" W x 32" H




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"Darkness Slips Into Light"
Limited Edition Giclee Print
42" W x 28" H $1,400
29" W x 20" H $700
Unframed




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"Na Lei O'Hawaii"
Limited Edition Giclee Print
30" W x 40" H
Handsigned by the artist
$1,400 unframed



"Source of the Night"
A Limited Edition Giclee Print
25-1/2" x 35"
Handsigned by the artist
$700 unframed



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The Hana Coast Gallery
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MARGARET BEDELL

Calm, quiet and serene, Margaret Bedell was the exact opposite of her wildly colorful artwork. Her unique "plant paintings" radiate vibrancy and warmth. Lines are clean and bold, colors are rich and true. And the surprising thing is that each work of art is actually either an original watercolor or a one-of-a-kind print . . . a monoprint, created by using a mix of media!

Just-picked plants, florals and fibers are used as the print matrix, making Bedell's print process extraordinary in itself. Flowers and foliage are artistically composed to create wonderful gardens - environments that are a riot of color, yet they seem to sooth with feelings of peace and quiet.

Margaret Bedell's monoprint process begins with the careful selection of natural materials - leaves, freshly cut blooms, fibers and grasses - which she arranges into masterful compositions of vibrant, rich color. The plants and flowers are then handpainted by the artist, layers of oil based printer's ink combined with metallics. This matrix is then arranged on the bed of her etching press (one of the largest flatbed etching presses in Hawaii), and a print is pulled, using dampened Arches 100 % rag paper. The resulting impression becomes deeply embossed, and it is then the basis for subsequent mixed media artwork.

Depending upon whether or not the organic plant arrangement is damaged by the embossing, several prints may be pulled. However, since these prints are each made at different pressures and with multiple layers of printer's ink, there will be considerable difference in each piece of work in the same series. When dried, the prints are then individually painted with watercolors by the artist, rendering each one a completely original work of art.

"The mingling and rejection of media (especially the oil based ink, metallics and watercolors) create unique effects of transparency, color and dimension," Bedell once explained. "I'm interested in extremely intense colors, saturated, vibrant colors."

This combination of techniques allows the artist to explore many creative variables while still experimenting with the actual print process. Bedell is, after all, considered to be one of the most outstanding university-trained printmakers in the country. After the last of her five children were in school, Bedell returned to college and earned a masters degree in studio art (printmaking). It was Bedell's education in viscosity painting (one plate multi-hue color printing) that eventually led to the development and invention of her unique print process.

Margaret Bedell used her printing press much in the same way as a musician uses an intrument. She created symphonies of color, taking full advantage of the dazzling array of floral colors in the islands. Her work is exuberant, with a tropical richness that is most unusual in traditional printmaking, but a very natural result of her own avant-garde multi-media artistry.

By the way, we've used the term "multi-media" several times without really explaining what this means. At least in the case of Margaret Bedell's work, it means creating the prints with a combination of several different mediums, such as: printer's ink, Japanese inks, watercolors, metallics (including silver, bronze and gold) and the use of graphite pencil.

The Hana Coast Gallery is pleased to represent this internationally acclaimed and collected artist. A exhibition of her most recent work is currently on display in the gallery from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.







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