Margaret Murton is primarily a painter whose work celebrates the hedgerows, woodlands, orchards and gardens that shape the English landscape.  Her unique technique of painting translucent forms into ancient wooden panelling or cool-toned boards of sycamore or birch ply means that the graining and image emerge one from the other.  This depth gives the work the textural quality of old tapestries or, on the paler wood, of watered silk.

It was just these qualities that led Hugh Ehrman, the needlepoint manufacturer, to invite Margaret to design for his company.  Margaret is now well established as one of the leading designers in this country, giving lectures and workshops both in London and at her studio.  Her designs are distributed worldwide.

Her paintings into wood are mainly commissioned.  Discussion with her clients means that careful consideration is given to personalising the imagery and selecting the most suitable panel for its location.  For this reason her work was a natural choice when Leicester Museum was commissioning a chimney board for the Queen Anne bedroom at Belgrave Hall.  Her paintings are in many private collections, including that of the interior designer, Nina Campbell.

The work has been shown at

Stephanie Hoppen, Walton Street, London

Janis Aldridge, Nantucket, USA

Medici Galleries, Grafton Street, London

Lucy B. Campbell, Kensington Church Street, London

Yew Tree Gallery, Slad, Gloucestershire

Mid-Pennine Arts Gallery

The Castle Museum, Nottingham

Pickford’s House Museum, Derby

The Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold

The Melbourne Gallery, Derbyshire

Liberty, Regent Street, London

Diana Lautens Gallery, Chicago, USA

The Museum of Garden History, London

The National Trust, Calke Abbey, Derbys

A programme on Margaret’s work was shown on Cable television in 1994 and her workshops and lectures with the National Trust  featured on BBC Regional News in 2001.

In 2002 she launched IN CONTEXT with the furniture designer Roger Murton in which they collaborate on interior design commissions and produce highly original wall reliefs aptly named  WOODWORKS.

Work has appeared in the following magazines:

The World of Interiors

Homes and Gardens

House and Garden

Good Housekeeping

Period Living      



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