Marilyn MacGregor

Studio & Gallery

Wilmington, DE

Please contact artist for purchases, commissions, etc.

Slow Galerie, Paris, France


Drawing

Archived Works

Artist's Biography

Marilyn MacGregor is a fine artist, illustrator, and graphic designer with an extensive record of exhibitions and a popular series of colorful prints and cards. She uses her many sketchbooks from life and travel in the US and in Europe to create much of her illustration and graphic design work, including her Philadelphia series, her International Series of travel scenes, and colorful flowers, animals and birds. She exhibits her work in Europe and the US, and offers work for purchase on her website and other quality sites. She lives and works in Wilmington DE USA and in a small town in the Loire Valley, France.

Artist's Statement

My work begins and ends with drawing, no matter the medium, surface or technique. For me drawing a kind of dance in which each step opens up new possibilities and allows the ordinary to be seen in a new way. I use line and color in a free, fresh, loose style honed by many years of practice and observation. My surface of choice is paper, for original works and fine quality art prints. I work in series, in order to continue and develop ideas and visual explorations.

Original series include Ink Birds, Mad Cats, Pots, Bottles and Jars (Still Life), and two on-going series of urban/landscape scenes created from my sketchbook drawings.

Philadelphia: Famous Sites and Favorite Places is a tribute to my adopted City of Philadelphia. Each scene begins with an on-site drawing done with pen in my sketchbook. The choice of sites is a combination of appeal to my eye and a broader interest in places that are meaningful to and beloved of Philadelphians.

My International Series, from the hundreds of travel sketchbooks I’ve accumulated over a life of living and traveling in interesting places, is created with the same technique: a base of spontaneous, on-site line drawing on paper with colorful digital painting. “International’ means anything and everything beyond Philadelphia, including London, Paris, and New York City.

The loose, sketchy, spontaneous freedom of my line is the result of many years of drawing life as I find it around me, especially in my travels and in various places where I’ve lived, including Paris, California and New York. For the Philadelphia scenes and for my International Series featuring cities and places around the world I scan drawings done on site in my sketchbooks and compose the final work with digital painting, allowing the line to remain central and free within a colorful graphic design.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2022
Domaine de Rocheville, Parnay, France

2021
Critters, Artless Bastard Gallery, De Pere, WI

2014 - 2018
Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA

2014
Marilyn MacGregor, Urban Jungle, Philadelphia, PA 

Marilyn MacGregor: Lines and Places, Old City Publishing, Philadelphia, PA 

2012
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group
2015
East Passyunk Neighborhood Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

2014
The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

East Passyunk Neighborhood Art Show, Philadelphia, PA

2013
Paperworks Invitational, Trenton Art Museum, Trenton, NJ

2011 – 2012
The Decorated Book, The Philadelphia Athenaeum, Philadelphia, PA

2011
Featured Book, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN 

Book, Paper, Scissors, Philadelphia Center for the Book, Free Library, Philadelphia, PA

2nd Floor Front Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Small Oils Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Something French Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

LOVE B Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

Works on Paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

2010
Book, Paper, Scissors, Philadelphia Center for the Book, Free Library, Philadelphia, PA 

837 League Street Group Show, Philadelphia, PA 

Insect Invitational, B Square Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

The Art of the Flower, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA 

Works on Paper 2010, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

Previous
Crossing the Line, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA
Keter Associates, Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Artisans Open Studios, Berkeley, CA
Alvarado Artists at the Rockridge Library, Oakland, CA
Pro Arts Open Studios
Artists/Friends – Dialogues, City College of San Francisco, CA
Alvarado Artists at Giorgio Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Strong Ties, Diverse Connections, Downtown Art Center, San Rafael, CA
Alvarado Artists Founding Exhibition, Berkeley, CA
Faculty Exhibition, Bentley School, Lafayette, CA
Banaker Gallery, San Francisco CA
Fine Woodworking, Sausalito, CA
Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA
Fairfax Public Library, Fairfax, CA
Saint John the Divine, New York, NY
Saint Peter’s Church, New York, NY
Saint Edwards School, Oxford, England
The Leys School, Cambridge, England
New Art Forms, Banaker Gallery at the Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Year of the American Craft, Syntex Corporation, Palo Alto, CA
Inspired by Nature, California Contemporary Crafts Council, Corte Madera, CA
Animals and Us, Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
In the Landscape, Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
California Design, Baulines Craft Guild, San Francisco, CA
Small Works California Museum of Art, Santa Rosa, CA
Artists from the Erika Meyerovich Gallery, Governor’s Office, San Francisco, CA
The Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Publications

ArtSmartTalk Blog

MacGregor, Marilyn, “Heroic Drawing” INDA 6, Manifest Press, 2012 

MacGregor, Marilyn, “The Wonder of Winterthur,” Philadelphia Style Magazine, October 10, 2011

MacGregor, Marilyn, “Drawing as Dance” INDA 4, Manifest Press, 2012 

MacGregor, Marilyn, “Anne Andrée Carron: The Tree of Life,” Ceramics Monthly, June/July/August 2004

MacGregor, Marilyn, “The Art of Mysteries” Mystery Readers’ Journal, Volume 21, No. 1, Spring 2005

Children’s Literature
Fitzgerald, Rick and Marilyn MacGregor (Illustrator), Helen and the Great Quiet, Morrow Junior Books, 1989

MacGregor, Marilyn, On Top, Morrow Junior Books, 1988

MacGregor, Marilyn, Helen the Hungry Bear, Four Winds Press, 1987 

Noel and His Friends, TBW Books

MacGregor, Marilyn, Baby Takes a Trip, Four Winds Press, 1985 

MacGregor, Marilyn, Benny Brown Bear’s Circus, Scholastic, 1983

Golden Gelman, Rita, Susan Kovacs Buxbaum, and Marilyn MacGregor, Boats That Float, Franklin Watts, 1981

Proudfoot, Alice-Boyd and Marilyn MacGregor (Illustrator), The Animals go to the Supermarket, Crane Russak, 1977

Christian, Hans and Marilyn MacGregor, Little Angel Books: The Jumping Contest, Saint Rigobert’s Dinner, The Disappointed Bear, The Angelica Press, 1975

Professional Experience

2012 – present
Design/Illustration, MacGregor-Art.com

Custom Art Tours, ArtSmartTravel.com

2009 – present
Broad Street Review, Philadelphia, PA
Contributor

2000 – 2013
Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Adjunct Professor

2003 - 2008
Bentley School, Lafayette, CA
Teacher, Chair of Visual Arts

1995 - 2002
Branson School, Lafayette, CA
Teacher

1988 - 1995
College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Instructor

1975 - 1988
Designer and Illustrator, New York, NY

1975 - 1978
The Angelica Press, Brooklyn, NY
Founder an Publisher

Education

Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia
Master of Arts in Childrens’ Literature

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts