Margaret Burgess

The Australian way of life and its icons including the Australian backyard are a constant source of subject matter for Mackay artist Margaret Burgess.

Margaret’s work can be intense and deeply personal to  other pieces which are whimsical and playful. A constant theme in Margaret’s visual language is her strong narrative and social commentary, which is as rich and diverse as the transparent colours she uses to layer her imagery into reality. The layering gives Margaret’s works a depth and luminosity that captivates and intrigues, is beautiful and often bewildering, connecting with the viewer at a deeper level than just the painted surface.

Margaret has sold over 100 originals across Australia and is represented in both corporate and private collections. Her limited edition Giclee prints are now found in Australia, England and America.

Margaret’s passion for art has seen her develop and open Paxtons Creative Space and The Upstairs Gallery and The Out of The Box Shop artists collective in Mackay.


Awards, Exhibitions & Media

Winner Contemporary Art & Artist Awards 2008
Winner Artspace Mackay Award Art on Show 2008
Acceptance Stanthorp Regional Gallery 2008 Winner Art on Show 2007
Runner Up Sarina Art Extravaganza 2007
Winner Art-Is-In Regional Art Awards 2006
Runner Up Airlie Beach Boat Show 2006
Runner Up AirlieBeach Boat Show 2005
Winner Art-Is-In Regional Art Awards 2004
Acceptance Warrick Regional Gallery DPI Award 2004
Acceptance Flying Arts DPI Awards QLD 2004
Runner up Emerald Art Society 2004
Runner Up Airlie Beach Boat Show 2004
Winner Barcaldine Arts 2003
Runner Up Clermont Visual Arts 2003
Runner Up Pioneer Valley Arts 2003
Winner Pioneer Valley Arts 2002
Winner Pioneer Valley Arts 2001
Acceptance Flying Arts Inc Shell Art Award 2001

Solo Exhibitions (Selected)

Journey On Canvas The Upstairs Gallery 2012
The Child Of the High Seas Exhibition Gargett Gallery 2010
The Tea Party Exhibition La De DA 2008
Memories From a Crowded House Artspace Mackay 2007
Figuring It Out Exhibition Milton House Gallery 2006

Group Exhibitions (Selected)

Three Artist Three AttitudesThe upstairs Gallery Mackay 2012
Looking Forward looking Back Artspace Mackay 2012
Take a Seat The Upstairs Gallery Mackay 2012
Women in Art The Art Factory Gallery Brisbane 2012
Take a Seat The Upstairs Gallery Mackay 2011
Postcard Exhibition Artspace Mackay 2011
Postcard Exhibition Artspace Mackay 2009
Off The Wall Exhibition Artspace Mackay 2008

Public Art

The Mackay Convention Centre “Siblings”


2012 The Upstairs Gallery Mackay
2008 Representation Art Gallery Collections Surfers Paradise
2007 Milton House Gallery

Publications Selected

Tiger In Flight Magazine Jan/Feb 2013
Looking Forward Looking Back 150 years of Mackay pge28-9 2012
Mackay in Pictures 150Years 2012
The Daily Mercury Mackay 09/12/2012
Desire Magazine 12/04/2012
The Daily Mercury Mackay 25/01/2012

Social Media

ABCarts Twitter (National) Take a Seat 23/01/ 2012
ABCopen Central Queensland Creative Heartbeat 20/03/2013

My Facebook Pages

Paxtons Creative Space and The Upstairs Gallery
Out Of The Box Shop
The Creative Mackay Hub

Web Sites

Collections (Corporate)

Widebay Australia
Esprit Constructions
JPR Welding