Introduction

Sculpturally, I work in terracotta, wood and bronze (see website) and my painted work ranges from interior specialist decoration and murals to the decoration and restoration of period lacquered and painted furniture.

I chose to work in this sphere because I felt drawn to historic (especially medieval) art which once had a metaphysical or ceremonial function. So I am influenced primarily by traditional (especially architectural) work from many eras and regions of the world, as well as by certain 20th century architectural and gallery artists.

Having developed these traditional skills I also use them to create a body of contemporary work. In this work I sometimes use traditional iconography in order to challenge commonly held assumptions, utilizing elements of ‘social surrealism’ and humour. And the reason I feel it is contemporarliy relevant to source religious iconography at times is because we live with the threat of disaster on many fronts, and have to deal, psychologically and morally, with issues like global warming, genetic engineering, factory farming and the rise of religious fundamentalism, while at the same time trying to keep afloat in a basically free market world.  These works are often made in order to ask cultural, environmental and moral questions. I feel out of time with the contemporary definition of art - especially the idea that important ‘artists’ have to employ ‘technicians’ to make work for them.

Biography

I served a six and a half year apprenticeship with a leading specialist decorator, and we worked in private London homes, central london clubs, Parisian hotels, even Sultan’s palaces. I then attended the City & Guilds of London Art School and expanded my skills to include carving and figurative modeling, and later received an MA Art in Architecture from UEL. Since then I have worked on many historic restoration projects (see images), in which I always try to achieve the quality and feeling of a particular period. As stated, I also make work for gallery display.

Contact details

Phone number: 01424 532840
Website: http://michaelmadden.co.uk
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Image Gallery

London Coliseum

Title: London Coliseum

Dimensions: Lifesize

Media: Terracotta

Description: New figures and lions for London Coliseum restoration. (2003/4)

Master Model for ColThe Bridgewater Madona

Title: The Bridgewater Madona

Dimensions: Lifesize

Media: Carved limewood

Description: The Bridgewater Madonna (after Raphael). Bridgewater House, London. (1990)

Master Model for Coliseum

Title: Master Model for Coliseum

Dimensions: Lifesize

Media: Modeling Clay

Description: Lion for Coliseum. 2003

The Almighty Cheese Burger with Fries

Title: The Almighty Cheese Burger with Fries

Dimensions: 560 x 470mm

Media: Acrylic on carved oak

Description: The Almighty Cheeseburger with Fries. (2001)

Foot and Mouth Window

Title: Foot and Mouth Window

Dimensions: 1200x1200mm

Media: Acrylic on panel

Description: Book cover for The cultural impact of Foot and Mouth disease, 2001. Manchester University Press(2001)

Adam and Steve

Title: Adam and Steve

Dimensions: 117cms x 80cms

Media: acrylic on panel

Description: After Cranach. 2006