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Artist and Colorado College graduate Margaret Kilgallen died tragically at age 33 in 2001, just as her career was taking off and only three weeks after the birth of of her daughter Asha with artist Barry McGee, aka Twist.
Kilgallen got her BFA in 1989 at CC where she studied letterpress with the late Jim Trissel. As her work attests, typography and folk/hobo art were huge influences on her work. She was particularly taken with the hand-painted signs of the Mission District in San Francisco where she lived (many of the “folk” typographical styles she loved have since become mainstream in design).
There have been some whispers of a possible retrospective of Kilgallen’s work here in Colorado Springs sometime in the next several years. In the meantime, the slide show above has a few images of her artwork gleaned from the web and images from the book called Marianne Moore at The Dial” (which she worked on with CC grade and artist Brian Molanphy and which is still available for sale through Special Collections at Tutt Library).
The YouTube video below is from an old PBS Art 21 show on Kilgallen’s work, in which she discusses her love of typography. There are more images and interviews with Margaret HERE. You can also watch a segment about Kilgallen in the the excellent art documentary Beautiful Losers, which is about many of the graffiti- and folk-influenced artists of her generation HERE.
(Music in the slide show is “Johnny’s Gone to War” by Matokie Slaughter, one of Margaret Kilgallen’s musical influences.)