Friday, November 11, 2016

Arty Farty Friday ~ A rare, 3-generation, Female Painting Dynasty.

First, and most importantly:

Many Arty Farty Friday posts relate to male artists, today a refreshing change, not only one female but three - a three generational female painting dynasty!

Margarete Bagshaw (November 11, 1964 – March 19, 2015) was an American painter and potter. She was the daughter of artist Helen Hardin and grand daughter of artist Pablita Velarde. Together, they formed one of the only three generational female painting dynasties known. Their work is on permanent exhibit at the Golden Dawn Gallery in Santa Fe.

To write full rundowns on each lady would be taxing for both writer and reader so I'll mainly be linking to other sources regarding biographies and artwork; here I'll do nutshell bios, show something representative of their artwork, and compare their natal charts, looking for familial similarities, if any.

Margarete Bagshaw, born this day, 11 November in 1964, she sadly died last year, aged only 50. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and suffered a stroke, leading to her death.

From an obituary By New Mexico reporter Jackie Jadrnak HERE
“Painting in complex compositions that feature a dynamic color palette, her work is instantly recognizable. Her large monumental canvases honor the work of her mother and grandmother, and are truly a testament to the significant place the women of her family hold in the art world …,” says the Golden Dawn Gallery website in describing her work.

She often worked on several paintings at a time, like a chess master moving down a row of tables playing multiple games.

Kate Nelson, author of the Helen Hardin biography, wrote in a tribute to Bagshaw, “… she emboldened her friends to dream big and strive past their supposed limits. She donated her time, money and heart – even a kidney in 2002 – to various causes and people.

“She held a rock-hard work ethic and lived with gusto. She threw lavish dinner parties, loved dogs (especially Maggie the goldendoodle) and indulged an unapologetic weakness for cute shoes. Her laugh could melt icicles.”

McGuinness called Bagshaw “without a doubt the most spiritual person I ever met,” adding that she was anti-religion. “She saw things differently, in more ways than one.”

More at pdf on THIS website

and for examples of her artwork see Google Image HERE

Margarete's mother, Helen Hardin (May 28, 1943 – June 9, 1984) (also known as Tsa-sah-wee-eh, which means "Little Standing Spruce") was an American painter. Her parents were Santa Clara Pueblo artist, Pablita Velarde and a Caucasian former police officer and Chief of Public Safety, Herbert Hardin..........Hardin's relationship with her high school boyfriend, Pat Terrazas, continued after graduation and they had a daughter, Margarete Bagshaw, in 1964. Hardin had to sneak opportunities to paint because both her boyfriend and her mother disapproved. She went to Bogotá, Columbia in 1968 as a respite from the abusive relationship with Terrazas and an unhealthy relationship with her mother. She said of that time, "I awoke to the fact that I was twenty-four years old, I was locked into an unhappy [relationship], and I was not painting. I didn't know who I was or what I was. In search of personal freedom, I took Margarete... and left the country."

In 1973 she married Cradoc Bagshaw. Her relationship with her mother improved in the 1980s, and Velarde began to be supportive of her work. Hardin was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1981 and died in New Mexico in 1984.

Pablita Velarde (September 19, 1918 – January 12, 2006), Helen's mother and Margarete's grandmother.


Velarde was born on Santa Clara Pueblo near Española, New Mexico. After the death of her mother when Pablita was about five years old, she and two of her sisters were sent to St Catherine's Indian School in Santa Fe. At the age of fourteen, she was accepted to Dorothy Dunn's Santa Fe Studio Art School at the Santa Fe Indian School. There, she becomes an accomplished painter in the Dunn style, known as "flat painting".............In 1942, Pablita married Herbert Hardin, a graduate of the University of California who she had known for some time. Her daughter, Helen Hardin, and her granddaughter Margarete Bagshaw became prominent artists in their own right.

Pablita Velarde's paintings via Google Image


(All 3 charts are set for 12 noon, times of birth unknown.)

Margarete Bagshaw born 11 November 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Helen Hardin born 28 May 1943 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Pablita Velarde born 19 September 1918, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico.

Starting from the eldest of the trio, Pablita's chart, last of the 3 above: her Uranus in Aquarius (its own sign of rulership) and in opposition to Aquarius' traditional ruler, Saturn, might be seen as translating into her daughter Helen's natal chart as Sun conjunct Uranus and Saturn. This was, perhaps, an echo of their seeming incompatibility. Pablita's Sun/Mercury/Venus in Virgo would have reflected a rather strict, critical nature in the mother figure, especially difficult for her rebellious Sun/Uranus daughter. The mother's nature was, however softened by a natal Moon somewhere in Pisces, and Jupiter in Cancer.

Helen, Pablita's daughter, had Sun/Saturn/Uranus in Gemini, a heady mix to deal with I guess! Her natal Moon would have been found in either Aries or Pisces. Pisces Moon would have matched her mother's Moon, but Aries Moon would add fire to that Airy Gemini trio, possibly more potential for trouble - of which she appears to have experienced a bundle!

Margarete, daughter of Helen, grand daughter of Pablita, had Sun conjunct Neptune in Scorpio (17 and 19 degrees), close to her grandmother's Mars at 21 Scorpio - possible an astro inheritance. Her Aquarius Moon, degree is uncertain without knowing time of birth, and Saturn at 29 Aquarius could echo another "inheritance" from grandmother's Uranus at 24 Aquarius. Pluto/Uranus/Mars in Virgo in Margarete's chart are yet another reflection of the Virgo flavour of her grandmother.


mike said...

It would be difficult to differentiate their paintings, as each generation shared similarities covering a very wide range of expressionist style and form. There's something for me to like about all three of the women's creative repertoire and I would be hard-pressed, if I had to choose from any of their collections. All three painted from a colorful palette.

Twilight said...

mike ~ Agreed - their paintings are quite similar, I like most of them equally well. In fact, I was wary of posting any individual images of their works in case I got them muddled.