Margret Steigner was born in Germany, where she studied photography and graphic design. In 1989 she moved to England and attended Goldsmith’s College in London, where she lived and worked for a number of years before moving to Cornwall. Margret now lives near Lamorna and has had several exhibitions in Cornwall.
She paints semi-abstract landscapes to translate what she sees – in landscape, architecture, figures, the natural world – into her own distinctive visual language. A compelling characteristic of Margret’s paintings is their exceptional and spatial sensibility.
Poised on the very edge of abstraction, there is nevertheless a powerful evocation of land, of sea, of sky. Margret says of her work: ‘I like to translate what I see into how I feel it so that when I have experienced a landscape I paint to capture its essence – the wildness, roughness, softness’. Margret’s paintings resonate with the extraordinary light and wild beauty of the Cornish landscape which inspires her.