Michael Madden MA Portfolio



Commissions
Gallery Work : Paintings
Gallery Work : Sculpture
Restoration

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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