exhibitions

paintings

27 May - 15 June 2010

about the exhibition

Madeleine Winch’s most recent body of work consists of paintings drawn from her personal observations of human behaviour and her own deeply felt experiences. Her beautifully rendered portraits of figures set in sparse domestic interiors provide an atmosphere where a secret inner world is revealed. Immersed in silent thoughts and feelings, capturing a moment in time, her figures either reflect on the past or contemplate the future. Working simultaneously on several canvases at once, Madeleine develops her works slowly over a number of months using a somewhat predetermined palette which subtly changes as the works grow and evolve. Madeleine’s works on paper develop more spontaneously using a variety of wet and dry mediums including gesso, charcoal, watercolour and pastel. The subtle variations in expression of her figures engage the viewer; the characters communicating their thoughts and emotions via their transfixing gaze. Positioned within a kitchen or living space, sometimes with everyday items such as bowls of fruit and kitchenware, her leading female figure often seems to be somewhat removed from her surroundings, seemingly in search of something beyond her everyday life.

Born in 1950 in Melbourne, Madeleine Winch studied Design at the National Art School in Sydney, graduating in 1967. Furthering her artistic career, she travelled and studied abroad in the UK and Europe, including Greece where she set up a studio on the island of Paros. Madeleine’s work has been shown in exhibitions in Paris, Chile, China, New Zealand and USA. This is Madeleine’s sixth exhibition at Beaver Galleries and her work is represented in many collections including the Orange Regional Gallery, Dubbo Regional Art Gallery, New England Regional Art Museum and Macquarie University, Sydney. Her work has also been selected for major award exhibitions including the Portia Geach Memorial Award, the Sulman and Dobell Awards at the Art Gallery of NSW and, in 2004, she won the Kedumba Drawing Award.

exhibition images

  • 1. $580 Words unspoken VI - watercolour, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper, 18 x 18cm

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  • 2. $580 Words unspoken V - watercolour, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper, 18 x 18cm

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  • 3. $580 Words unspoken VIII - watercolour, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper, 18 x 18cm

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  • 4. $580 Words unspoken VII - watercolour, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper, 18 x 18cm

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  • 5. $580 Words unspoken IV - watercolour, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper, 18 x 18cm

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  • 6. $580 Words unspoken III - watercolour, charcoal and pastel on Arches paper, 18 x 18cm

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  • 7. $4,250 Contemplation - oil on canvas, 75 x 75cm

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  • 8. $4,250 Words unspoken - oil on canvas, 75 x 75cm

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  • 9. $4,250 A glass of red - oil on canvas, 75 x 75cm

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  • 10. $1,750 The letter - oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

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  • 11. $1,750 Room with a view - oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

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  • 12. $1,750 Close - oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

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  • 13. $1,750 Bond - oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

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  • 14. $1,750 Together - oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

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  • 15. $1,750 Contemplation II - oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm

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  • 16. $2,700 Reflection - oil on canvas, 45 x 90cm

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  • 17. $2,000 Memories - oil on canvas, 50 x 50cm

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  • 18. $7,600 Bread and wine - oil on canvas, 115 x 115cm

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  • 19. $1,550 Kitchen study I - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 20. $1,550 Kitchen study II - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 21. $1,550 Courage - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 22. $1,550 Food for thought II - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 23. $1,550 Thoughts afar - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 24. $1,550 Food for thought I - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 25. $1,550 Desire - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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  • 26. $1,550 Thoughts unspoken - oil on canvas, 30 x 30cm

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