Introducing abstract artist Pauline Maddock

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Introducing abstract artist Pauline Maddock who specialises in creating art inspired by flora. Based in Hertfordshire, UK, Pauline gained a BA HONS from St Martin’s London in Fashion and Textile design, after which she enjoyed an extensive career in the fashion industry both as a designer and then buyer with an international fashion retail company.

Upon moving to the Chiltern Hills she has rekindled her love of painting and now paints the natural world in an abstract manner.

Pauline has exhibited and sold at several contemporary art fairs as well as galleries in London and the Home Counties. These include The Broadway Gallery Letchworth, The Boomer Gallery and The Brick Lane Gallery in London and local open studios. She currently has a selection of her work on permanent exhibition with The Little Van Gogh Company.

Here we chat with Pauline Maddock about her journey into the art world so far…

 

1. Tell us more about your journey into the art world.

 

I trained as a fashion and textile designer, so I have a strong sense of colour and pattern which I think is reflected in my work now. The first comment I receive when anyone new views my paintings, is the adoration of my colour palette. The bruising of one colour against another culminates in a stimulating celebration of each. In my experience, many art collectors are aware that the work they purchase must sit well within the colour scheme of the space in which it will ultimately hang.
I have been painting professionally now for about seven years.

 

2. How would you describe your signature style and technique?

 

My signature style is bold representation of flora, normally on large canvases, where the size enables me to be very free with brush strokes and often the subject matter ‘floats’ off the side of the canvas. Moreover, the image is either semi or fully abstracted.

 

AUTUMN ARRIVES | MISPLACED

 

3. Can you tell us about your latest work? Where did you find inspiration and what is the story behind it?

 

My latest work is in two parts, namely spring/summer and autumn/winter, and the colours used reflect the themes. The narrative is of man’s damage to worldwide flora caused by mining of minerals in environmentally sensitive areas of the planet. The growing demand for copper, lithium etc used in wind turbines, batteries and solar panels, if not managed responsibly, has the potential for new adverse environmental and social impacts.

Often the subject matter of the painting will morph into the remainder of the work or will sometimes be obliterated within the background. The inspiration for the work and colour palette is always derived from nature itself and it is because of this that my studio is nestled in between woodland and flower beds.

4. Are there any exhibitions or events you are planning in near future?

I am taking part in Roy’s Art Fair in the autumn and I have a permanent exhibition of other works with The Little Van Gogh Company, who exhibit in commercial spaces around the country and in Europe.

 

 

IT IS TOO LATE | TAKE MY HAND

 

CAN’T WE TALK
COPPER-GOOD OR BAD

 

5. What is the best advice you’ve been given as an artist?

 

The best advise that I have been given as an artist was from my art tutor, who said that you should never expect a perfect masterpiece from every work you undertake, as this will stifle your freedom to express. I often put a canvas to one side for several months before returning to it and working afresh if I feel I haven’t succeeded in creating work I am proud of.

 

 

For more information please visit Pauline Maddock’s website: paulinemaddock.com

 

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