Biography, Exhibitions, Collections, Bibliography

Margaret Nes was born in France in 1950 and spent much of her childhood in northern Africa. A daughter of a US Foreign Service couple, she was exposed to many different cultures, art forms and landscapes, from an early age.
Nes moved to a small community north of Taos, New Mexico, in 1969. She is a self-taught artist whose work reflects the aesthetics of the stark landscape and adobe architecture of this area that has been her home for well over three decades.
Nes's primary medium is pastel, which she uses in a unique and powerful manner. Her pastel pigments fully saturate the entire surface, and are worked and blended in with an almost sculptural quality. Her palette ranges from the richest and most luminous of hues to the most subtle and delicate of shades.
Nes's work has been exhibited in numerous juried and invitational shows and is in collections around the world. Her work invokes a sense of beauty, mystery and wonder that is very much her own.

Pastel, Monotype, Collage and Lithograph

Hahn Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; yearly from 2000-2011
Michael McCormick Gallery, Taos, NM; yearly from 1997-1999
Collins Pettit Gallery, Taos, NM 1995
Edith Lambert Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; yearly from 1990-1999
E.S. Lawrence Gallery, Taos, NM; yearly from 1988-1991
Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver, CO 1987 & 1988
Varient Gallery, Taos, NM 1985
Gallery Sigala, Taos, NM 1981-1982
White Crane Gallery, Taos, NM 1980
Taos Fall Arts Festival -Taos Invites Taos - Taos NM, 1990-2004

Millicent Rogers Museum - Pastel Invitational, Taos, NM 2000

Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN, Indiana Collects the West, 1994

Taos Art Association, Taos, NM, Third Generation Show, 1994

Opening Scene Gallery, Taos, NM, Right to Write, 1993, 1994

Rotunda, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, Live from Taos, 1991

Center for the Arts of the Southwest, Santa Fe, NM, Invitational, 1990

Art in Embassies Program, Rabat, Morocco, 1990-1992

Lancaster Arts Festival, Lancaster, OH, Invitational, 1990

Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, Four Person Retrospective, 1990

El Taller Gallery, Austin, TX, Spirit of Taos Comes to Austin, 1986

E.S. Lawrence Gallery, Taos, NM, Women of the Sixties, Women of the Eighties, 1986

Valerie Miller & Associates, Los Angeles, CA, Contemporary Southwest Art, 1986

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, Another Great Love Affair, 1986

Sweeney Center, Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, 1985

C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD 1981; group show

Harwood Foundation, Taos, NM, Art Exhibit Series, 1980

Taos Fall Arts Selects, Taos, NM, 2012 & 2013

"New Mexorado," Harwood Museum, Taos, NM

Taos Spring Arts Celebration, Taos, NM 1985-2003

Maryland Pastel Society, Baltimore, MD, Shades of Pastel`89, 1989

Stables Art Center, Taos, NM, Taos Today Show, 1982-1989

Highland University, Las Vegas, NM, Women's Art Exhibit, 1982-1984

FACET Gallery, Taos, NM, Three Person Show Competition, 1984

Santa Fe Arts, Santa Fe, NM, Festival `88, 1988
Best in Contemporary - Taos Invites Taos, Taos, NM, 2007

First Place - Taos Art Association Members Show, Taos, NM, 1994

Best of Show - Taos Invites Taos, Taos, NM 1993

Rembrandt Pastel Award - Maryland Pastel Society Exhibit, Baltimore, MD 1989

Best in Contemporary - Taos Today Show, Taos, NM, 1989

Best Pastel Award - Taos Today Show, Taos, NM, 1986

Grumbacher Award - Taos Today Show, Taos, NM, 1985

Best in Show - Taos Spring Arts Celebration,The Spirit in Art, Taos, NM 1985

Best in Traditional - Taos Today Show, Taos, NM 1985

Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY

University of Texas Law School, Austin, TX

Mountain Bell Telephone Company, Denver, CO

Harwood Foundation Museum, Taos, NM (1998)

Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, NM

Art Journey New Mexico, ©2009 by The Collectors Guide

100 Artists Of The Southwest by Douglas Bullis, Schiffer Publishing ©2006

Wildlife Art, Sept/Oct 2003. "Captivated by the Southwest." Cover & feature article

Southwest Art, Feb. 2002. "New Mexico Regionalist Painters." Margaret Nes

ART-TALK, June/July 2000 (front cover) "Talking w/ Margaret Nes of Taos"

Southwest Art, March 1997. Feature article: "Margaret Nes"

The World & I, March 1995, (front cover) "Magic in Simplicity" – feature article

Indiana Collects the West, Marla K. Dankert, curator;  Essay by Dean A. Porter, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 1994

"Santa Fe Art" by Simone Ellis, Crescent Books, 1993 (back cover, 2 color plates)

"Introduction" & "Contemporary Santa Fe and Taos Art," Focus/Santa Fe, Aug./Sept.1993, "Exploring the Realm of the Unknown" by Martha Longley

Take Five PBS Guide, January 1990 (cover)

U.S. Art, Oct.1989, (front cover) "The Secret Lives of Buildings" by Sylvia Paine Mystique Magazine of Northern New Mexico, July 1985, "Profile"

ART-TALK, December 1987, "Artists Worth Watching"

Exhibition reviews and preview articles in various publications
The Taos News; Taos Magazine; THE - Santa Fe's Monthly Magazine; Focus/Santa Fe; The Santa Fe New Mexican; Crosswinds; Art-Talk; Southwest Contemporary Arts Quarterly; Art Space; and The Albuquerque Journal


Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM

Tom Ross Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

PERSONAL DATA – Margaret Nes

Born September 17, 1950 in Paris, France.
Early years in France, Libya, Morocco, Egypt, South Vietnam, England, and Washington DC, USA
Resident of New Mexico, USA since 1969.


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