<p>Michael Madden apprentice-trained as a specialist decorator, working in private London homes, clubs, hotels, even Sultan’s palaces.   He then attended the City & Guilds of London Art School and expanded his skills to include carving and figurative modeling, and later received an MA Art in Architecture from UEL. Since then he has worked on many historic restoration projects, and always tries to ensure that he achieves the quality and feeling of a particular period.  He  feels out of time with the contemporary definition of art - especially the idea that important ‘artists’ have to employ ‘technicians’ to make work for them. He is available for work in terracotta, wood (see photos) and bronze (see website), and his painted work ranges from specialist decorating, murals to restoring intricate painted furniture.</p>
<p>He is drawn to art which originally had a metaphysical or ceremonial function, and also makes work for a gallery context.  His influences are from many eras and regions of the world, as well as from certain 20th century artists.   “I have developed my traditional skills, and source historic iconography in order to create new work which challenge commonly held assumptions, utilizing elements of ‘social  surrealism’ and humour.  The reason I often source religious iconography is because we now live with the perceived threat of disaster on many fronts, trying to deal psychologically and morally with issues like global warming, genetic engineering, factory farming and the rise of religious fundamentalism,  at the same time as trying to keep afloat in a global free market.  Our cultural mindset still retains vestiges of our Christian heritage; so these works are made in order to ask cultural, environmental and moral questions.”</p>

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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