Madeline Shea is a painter who creates picturesque scenes using a bright and varied palette and detailed yet relaxed brush marks. The artist’s subject matter ranges from cityscapes, to pet portraits, to gestural watercolour paintings.
I really enjoy the general sense of ease that’s consistent throughout much of the artist’s practice. Regardless of what she’s painting, Madeline lends her subjects an air of relaxed, gentle contemplation. Though the paintings are highly detailed they appear almost unplanned, as though the chosen imagery came to the artist slowly.
In our previous feature of Madeline’s loose, airy painting, we looked at the artist’s figurative studies in which humans in various interesting poses lounge, walk, and play on the beach. It seems in recent works that Madeline has intensified her colour palette, showing her hand at more geometric, architectural forms without losing that gestural sense of presence.