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Kathy Madison, Artist

For me, painting is an opportunity to bring thoughts and feelings together, to explore reality beyond rendering familiar ‘appearances’ and ‘pictures.’ I’m inspired by work that uses paint to reveal a reality and wholeness behind our visible world. You can see that sort of expression in the work of Paul Cezanne. You can see it too in Joan Mitchell, whose images live in apparent freedom, yet whose color symphonies are as structurally sound as the best-built bridges.

My college years were spent exploring philosophy, literature and history of the world, from before Socrates to the present.  After college, I moved to Boston and studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, focused on drawing.  Much later, I studied painting with teachers in the realist tradition, although I was at heart an abstractionist.  Realism taught me that invention is a poor substitute for observed reality. That freedom of expression is possible only by grasping the structure of things with both heart and mind. My best lessons in abstraction were from realists.

I am finding inspiration everywhere.

My paintings are in private collections in the United States, Norway, and St. Bart’s (FWI):

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Art Education

  1. 2003 – 2006 – Decordova Museum School – Studied with Timothy Harney

  2. 2001 – 2004 – School of the Museum of Fine Arts, continuing education – Painting

    Studied with Barnett Rubenstein, Charlotte Gibbs and Christopher Chippendale

  3. 1977 – 1979 – School of the Museum of Fine Arts, continuing education – Drawing

    Studied with William Flynn

  4. 1974 – University of Minnesota, Majors: Literature, Philosophy, History BA, magna cum laude