Michael Madden MA Portfolio

Gallery Work : Paintings
Gallery Work : Sculpture

These images show most recent projects first, going back to 1984. Some were contributions to major restoration projects, and others private commissions including some portraits.

Having concentrated on two-dimensional work to begin with, my first carved commission came in my early thirties: to create a life-size lime-wood version of Raphael's painting 'The Bridgewater Madonna' for the private chapel in Bridgewater House, London. In 2003/4, I modeled missing figures and lions for the exterior of the London Coliseum (present home of the ENO), as part of the 42 million pound restoration project. Other commissions have included a new terracotta capitol for the exterior of the Natural History Museum to my own design, and many murals for exhibitions within; more recently some Tudor style wall decorations for the owners of a 1540s Sussex house, and a new tabernacle for Preston architect Francis Roberts' Penwortham church.

The reason I love traditional ornament and decoration is that it was an abstract version of Nature. Art to me is a very ancient way of learning from and having a formal discourse with nature, as well as a means through which to reflect on the fundamental issues of being alive.

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