Oil Painting

Margaret was born in New York City in 1934. She studied painting at the Art Students League with Edwin Dickenson and at Cooper Union, both in New York City. Married to photographer and videographer Dick Crenson, the couple moved upstate, eventually settling in the Poughkeepsie area, where they were activists and innovative artists enriching the area's creative life. Both were dedicated members of the Barrett Art Center and were exhibited by many of the region's galleries. Margaret joined Albert Shahinian Fine Art in 1998 and both she and Dick have been featured in the gallery's ongoing exhibition program. Margaret died of illness in April, 2011. Dick continues to develop his creative (and many times humorous) talents; his wire sculpture will be included in the current show.

Crenson painted primarily with oil, sometimes mixed with cold wax. She loved the directness and simplicity of applying paint with a palette knife. Primarily a studio painter, she was expert, also, en plein air. Her subjects covered a wide and sometimes unexpected range. They included personal objects, appliances and tools, kitchen tools, everyday interiors, pets, outdoor views around their home, things seen and experienced on the road, and street scenes - of local towns and villages to those encountered on the many trips she and Dick took to far-away places. Atmosphere, light, and shadow were very important to her and she was a master at evoking a sense of groundedness and place, even when painting something as simple as her iron and ironing board.

Crenson's talent for composition is immense and undergirds the work selected for this show by Albert Shahinian. Margaret was a slight, soft-spoken and progressive personality, treating her subjects with tenderness and humor and, on occasion, with deep regard for positive social values and the thoughtful life. She was a singular stylist and her work remains, still, indelibly, Margaret.

Please click on an image below to display a larger version above. Work currently available at the gallery is shown in the first set of boxes. Prices range from $500 to $2,000.

Paintings displayed below have been shown at the gallery and may still be available for purchase through the gallery.

Paintings displayed below have been sold; images are part of the gallery archive.

The gallery's first program for its 20th year was a long-anticipated exhibition In Memoriam for a dear friend and gallery artist, Margaret Crenson. Entitled "Delving A Sense Of Place", the show ran March 4th through April 29, 2018. On view were more than fifty paintings showcasing Margaret's incomparable talent as a painter and keen observer of the everyday encounters in her life. Paintings were drawn from her body of work from the 1990s through 2007. The gallery is proud to introduce this gifted and insightful work to a new audience and to reacquaint her collectors with her humor and vision.