Durham stands right alongside her famous brother Lorenzo Scott as an accomplished
self-taught artist. While there are similarities - - Ms. Durham and Mr.
Scott are deeply Christian and are close friends - - there are differences
in style, background and themes. The oils on canvas produced by Marguerite
Durham have an identity of their own and enough glorious characteristics
to make them very attractive to a growing number of admirers and folk
Dr. Jane Silverman knows folk art as well as anyone I know, perhaps much
better than some of the best, and has put together an amazing private
collection in her Chicago home and office. She met Marguerite Durham at
the fabulous Dog Days Folk Art Festival, in Scottdale, Georgia
three years ago and became a big fan. Ms. Durhams paintings,
Dr. Silverman said, are gentle and comforting. I look at them and
feel the mighty presence of things and places I havent been but
would love to go to and experience for myself. Everything she paints feels
very feminine and that is always important to me.
her brother has been painting for decades now, Marguerite Durham has been
painting for about 15 years. I started working with clay and discovered
that I really wanted to paint the pictures that were in my mind,
she told me during a photography session in her comfortable Decatur, Georgia
home. I like children and family themes, and paintings based on
the Bible are my favorite.
and somewhat shy, Marguerite Durham seems surprised at the admiration
her paintings receive. I just paint what I see in my mind and heart
and Im happy when that is appreciated by others. As she gets
more exposure, Ms. Durham is certain to have an even larger audience of
folk art enthusiasts and collectors.
There are elements of style and theme that give her paintings individuality
and distinctiveness. Most notably, she is genuinely self-taught and has
preserved remarkably the African tradition of visual storytelling, employing
soft images that depict all people, whether in a contemporary setting
or from Bible stories, as African. Lorenzo Scott does this as well, but
side-by-side you can see differences.
A Marguerite Durham oil painting adds immeasurably to a growing folk art
collection. Her paintings illuminate a home with spiritual blessings.
No one else paints like her. Theres so much work on her canvas which
is a testimony to the stories and memories she wants to share with the
The Old and New Testament occupy prominent places on the canvases of Marguerite
Durham. African-American folk artists from the South have historically
invoked everything from the Creation, to The Last Supper to The Second
Coming. In this tradition, Ms. Durham excels. Her paintings are both reverential
and provocative. Such are the elements of art from within, art with growing
value and art with everlasting power.
NOTE: Marguerite Durham is a favorite artist at this publication. Collectors
and galleries will want to contact her and we are glad to help. Just send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and well make the connection for
you, or feel free to contact Marguerite Durham at 404.244.0630 or by mail
at 2637 Cavalier Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30034.