Lot 364 - Michelle Maddox - Billy Button in a Cup
Michelle Maddox was born in Cambridge, England in 1968 of Swiss/British parentage. She has a Master of Art in Fine Art (Distinction) from UCA England, a BA in the History of Art from Birkbeck, University of London, a Higher Diploma in Graphic Design from the University of Lincoln, A Certificate of Advanced studies in Artistic development from the University of the Arts in Zurich Switzerland where she is currently living with her family. Her work has been mainly preoccupied with the ordinary object within the Still Life genre, specifically the disregarded or the mundane where she aims to enhance its potential through her favoured medium of oil paint. Recently she has started the postgraduate online drawing development year at the Royal drawing school London She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and recent exhibitions include the Royal Academy Summer exhibition in London in 2020 and 2023 and Hampstead Art Society Annual exhibition 2022 and 2023. Her work is in private collections in Switzerland, England, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Sweden, Australia, The British Virgin Islands and Canada.
MA Fine Art UCA, Postgraduate drawing year Royal drawing school, BA History of Art Birkbeck University of London.
Royal Academy Summer exhibition 2020, 2023, Hampstead art society 2021, 2022
Python Gallery Kirchgasse, 8001 Zurich Switzerland
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The painting as an object is more important than the initial subject, although the ordinary object has always fascinated Michelle – she is not necessarily looking for the most beautiful subject, but rather a subject which allows for the use of nuanced colour and light to create a harmonious image. After reading such authors as George Perec about their observations of the everyday as opposed to the sensational which we are bombarded with in the media, she began a deep visual study of the ordinary. Her recent still lifes are about looking at the everyday object beyond its daily role and seeing it as shapes and colours. Her paintings are often seen as quiet and calm, which is not necessarily done consciously, but she tends to choose harmonious palettes and compositions.
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