Biography

Biography

Margaret Foreman was born in Malaya in 1951 and brought up in Guyana. She trained at Goldsmiths College of Art and The Royal Academy Schools. Margaret has been exhibiting at The Royal Academy Summer Show since 1969. In 1983 she was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists. She is represented by The New Grafton Gallery in London.

Margaret won BP Portrait Award in 1980 for her painting of Sir Richard Southern, now hanging in St. John’s College, Oxford. She has also won other prizes including Arthur Hacker, British Institute, Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Prize and the Landseer Prize.
Her portraits can be seen in The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Museum, Canterbury and in many universities and colleges including Downing College, Cambridge, and The University of Cardiff. Her portrait of The Very Reverend Alan Webster hangs in St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Margaret is married to Martin Cheek, who is a mosaic artist. They have two children, Thomas (18) who is reading Architecture and Mollie (13) who writes and draws beautifully.

Margaret says "I enjoy painting all subjects, but in particular I have been commissioned to paint many portraits. Over the years this has given me the opportunity to meet many interesting people. I prefer to paint my sitters from life in their own surroundings. I take careful note of any suggestions from my sitters about how they wish to appear in their portrait."

Training: Goldsmiths College of Art and The Royal Academy Schools.

Exhibitions: Exhibited in public and private galleries in London and Canterbury since 1976.

Margaret has been exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Show 1969 - 2009

Prizes: Arthur Hacker, British Institute, Royal Overseas League Commonwealth Prize, Landseer prize, Winner BP Portrait Award 1980 for the National Portrait Gallery, London.

List of Paintings in Public Collections, including universities:

Sir Richard Southern, St. John’s College, Oxford.

Rab Butler, National Portrait Gallery.

Sir John Butterfield, Downing College, Cambridge.

Rachel Trickert, St. Hughes College, Oxford.

The Very Reverend Alan Webster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Professor Peter Smith, Cripps Hall, University of Nottingham.

Professor H.J. Emelius, Sidney Sussex College.

Doctor Robert Shackleton, Brasenose College, Oxford.

Doctor Shirley Barlow, Eliot College, Kent.

Canon Ingram Hill, Royal Museum, Canterbury.

 Lord Edmund Davis, University of Cardiff.

Harry Ree, Watford Grammar School.

Professor Robert Crawley, Maudsley Hospital.

Miss Pears Soap, Collection of Portraits.

Doctor John Havard, British Medical Association.

Doctor Turner, Watford Grammar School.

Onora O’Neill, Newnham College Cambridge,

Mark Slater, St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate.