BIOGRAPHY

Marg Starbuck comes from a long line of artists. She grew up in Berkeley, California, attending Saturday classes at California School of Arts and Crafts (today known as California College of the Arts) in Oakland, California.

Later, she worked as a designer in New York City, returning to art studies at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas, followed by graduate work in art at Cal State Long Beach. Upon completion of her studies she was invited to exhibit through Art Space Gallery in Los Angeles.

Her work has since been exhibited in solo and group shows, in public spaces, galleries, and private collections. It is available for viewing in San Francisco at Café Divine on Washington Square at Stockton and Union Streets and also at the SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason.

A complete understanding of Starbuck's art requires some knowledge of the how. Her method of painting is highly personal and largely responsible for the intuitive, dream-like nature of her work.

Starbuck seldom uses paint brushes. She applies the paint directly to the unstretched canvas with her fingers, palms and heels of her hands, the intimacy she achieves with her materials is further enhanced by the fact that Starbuck paints many of her large-scale works, once described as "vibrant explosions of form and color", by standing only inches away from the canvas, seldom stepping back to consider the entire painting.

This process allows her to enter a trancelike state where forms, shapes and other images flow spontaneously from artist to canvas without interpretation and without her knowing what they signify until the painting is almost completed."

-Michael Schwager
(from "Standing Still While Moving: The Art of Marg Starbuck", Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 1997)

ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2007-on Café Divine, Washington Square, San Francisco, CA
2005 Robert Mondavi Gallery, Oakville, CA

2004

Empire Business College, Santa Rosa, CA

2002

Herold Mahoney Library at Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma, CA, “Women in Islam”

2001

Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA, “Opposites Attract”

2000

Frants Albert Associates, Oakland, CA

1999

Art Walk in Sebastopol, Sebastopol, CA

1997

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA

1988

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1987

Long Beach Public Corporation for the Arts, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Long Beach, CA

1986

L. A. Artcore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983

Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA

1983

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2007 SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

2004

Next Level Communications, Rohnert Park, CA

2001

Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, "The Laundry Show"

2000

Sonoma State University, Middle Eastern Society

MeSH Gallery, Sebastopol, CA, "The Frame Show"

 

Legacy Marketing Group, Petaluma, CA

 

Next Level Communications, Rohnert Park, CA

 

Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA, "Driven to Abstraction"

1997

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA "Women in Abstraction"

1995

Santa Rosa Junior College Art Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA, "Mysterium"

 

Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, "L.A. Abstracts"

1991

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "An Opening and A Closing"

1990

City of Los Angeles Satellite Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA,  "The Human Condition"

1989

Allport Gallery, San Francisco, CA, "Experience - Reordered L.A. Abstractions"

 

System M, Long Beach, CA, "Two-Year Anniversary of System M"

1988

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "Masks"

 

Art Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Art Association Gallery, Long Beach, CA, Long Beach Centennial Exhibition

1987

Long Beach Art Expedition, sponsored by Public Corporation for the Arts, Long Beach, CA

1986

San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA, "Fine Arts Invitational" juried by Joan Hugo

 

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA, juried by Judy Freeman

 

Long Beach Art Expedition, sponsored by Public Corporation for the Arts, Long Beach, CA

1985

Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1983

North Orange County Museum, Fullerton, CA  "Untitled '83"

REVIEWS/PUBLICATIONS

Parner, Janet, “Women in Islam,” Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sept. 13, 2002

Giles, Gretchen, “Opposites Attract,” The Independent, Jan. 17, 2002

English, Bill, "Exhibition Puts Spin on Washday," San Francisco Chronicle, March 9, 2001

Schwager, Michael, "Standing Still While Moving: The Art of Marg Starbuck,"

Barnsdall Art Park Solo Exhibition Series, December, 1997

FitzSimmons, Casey, ArtWeek, "Women in Abstraction," "Uncharted Journey" Acrylic/canvas 54” x 48” - Dec., 1997

Topanga Messenger, December 4, 1997

The Independent, November 26, 1997

Art Now/California & N.W. Gallery Guide, October, 1988

On the cover: "Animal Dance" Acrylic/canvas 94” x 104”

In text: "Play Kingdom" Acrylic/paper 28” x 36”

Geer, Suvan, Los Angeles Times, September 23, 1988

Gottlieb, Shirle, "Seekers Grow Spiritually through Expressionism," Long Beach Press Telegram,

March 29, 1987.  In text: “School’s Out” Acrylic/canvas 84” x 66”

Gottlieb, Shirle, L.A. Artcore Folio, October 1986

Gottlieb, Shirle, Art Now/California & N.W. Gallery Guide, September 1986: In text: “Ride” 33” x 29”

Gottlieb, Shirle, "Starbuck on Woman with a Mideast Slant,"

Long Beach Press Telegram,  September 19, 1986

Gardner, Colin, "Galleries," Los Angeles Times, September 13, 1985

Muchnic, Suzanne, Los Angeles Times, September 23, 1983

LECTURES

2002

Herold Mahoney Library at Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma, CA, “Women in Islam”

 

Cultural Arts Council of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA, “Opposites Attract”

2000

Sonoma State University, Middle Eastern Society, "Living, Painting in the Middle East"

 

Alliance for Contemporary Art - Studio Visit

1998

City of Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, CA

1995

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

1990

City of Los Angeles Satellite Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA

1988

California State University, Long Beach / Art Teachers Association of Long Beach

1987

California State University, Long Beach

1986

California State University, Los Angeles/Long Beach

 

"An American Woman Painter Working in the Middle East"

1973-74 

University of Houston Extension, Houston, TX, taught the Psychology of C.G. Jung

EDUCATION

1983-86

Study Intensive in Middle East and Asia

1981-83

California State University, Long Beach, CA — studied with painters Lynn Foulkes and Mark Wethli

1975-81

Museum of Fine Arts Glassell School, Houston, TX, Graduate

1975

Rice University, Houston, TX — studied with art historian Tom McEvilly

1969-73

C.G. Jung Educational Center — studied with anthropologists Joseph Campbell and Laurens Vanderpost