Art is what you can get away with.

Andy Warhol

Paper Fish by Christine Hingston

Madeleine Stamer

Madeleine’s quirky and unique images display rich decorative line and bold patterns in her distinctive free-hand style.

[lead]Reoccurring themes such as birds, dream snippets, daily rituals, life versus death, staring faces, skeletons, beasts, angels & devils, dogs, poultry and gingerbread style homes embellished with plenty of nature’s goodness possess a strange kind of beauty.[/lead]

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Many of her designs comprise of gentle yet slightly surreal imagery that delivers an edgy punch. Her metaphoric style echoes imagery found in Mexican folklore such as The Day of the Dead. In the mid 80’s Madeleine was involved in the emerging Melbourne underground graffiti and street art scene. She has continued to be driven by the street art movement which she notes as having a huge influence on her art. Her influences include natural history and past and present legends such as Lady Pink, Mirka Mora and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Born in 1972 to Jan and Ralph Seidel, the youngest of five, Madeleine had an idealistic childhood. Her parents always supported and encouraged her artistic inclinations since day dot – no ifs, buts or maybes. Forever fascinated with the natural world, she grew up amongst a menagerie of animals, family, good music, great cooking and a large leafy backyard for daydreaming and collecting bits and bobs in. She loathed having to study and going to school all through her formative years, yet ironically now considers herself privileged to work in the education system as an art specialist.

Madeleine graduated in 1994 having obtained a degree in Architectural Ceramics at Monash University, Caulfield. She gained her Teaching degree (primary & secondary) in 2001 at Deakin University, Burwood and began a Masters of Fine Arts degree at Monash, Caulfield. Madeleine originally dedicated herself to ceramics, concrete sculpture and mosaics which she sold through the likes of The Artist Garden, Fitzroy and Art Infusion, Prahran from the early 90’s through to 2000. More recently, Madeleine focuses on her painting, freelance illustration, works on paper and other commissioned projects through her business Little Circus Design.

Throughout the years, Madeleine has participated in numerous group shows and solo exhibitions. She has had many public and private mosaics and murals specially commissioned; she has collaborated with many artists on both small and large-scale projects and partaken in artist in residencies. Recently her art was commissioned by The National Gallery of Victoria and was also chosen to feature on and throughout The Blackeyed Susans Retrospective album.

COLLABORATIONS

  • 2013 Customized Shoes for Gorman
  • 2012 Douglas & Hope artist plate series collaboration
  • 2011 Third Drawer Down pillowcase collaboration
  • www.thirddrawerdown.com
  • 2011 Grove iPhone case design www.grovemade.com
  • 2011 & 2012 The Design Files calendar www.thedesignfiles.net
  • 2011 Idlewild Press www.idlewildpress.com

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master of Fine Arts, Monash University 2001-2003 (withdrawal in good standing)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary & Secondary) Deakin University 1999-2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, Monash University 1991-1994

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009 Bob Boutique Gallery, Bendigo BIRDSVILLE (Solo Show)
  • Outre Gallery, Melbourne Art Fights Fire fundraiser
  • Famous When Dead Gallery, Melbourne Portrait Show
  • 2008 China Heights, Sydney ‘THEY HEART SKATEBOARD ART’ (Group Show)
  • Thomo & Coach, Melbourne ‘THEY HEART SKATEBOARD ART’ (Group Show)
  • Art Melbourne 08’, Melbourne Exhibition Building, Selected for Off The Wall
  • 2007 Carlton Hotel Gallery, Melbourne, Jacky Winter Group Launch Show
  • 2004 Greenhouse Gallery, Monash University, Masters Showcase
  • 2003 TOORAK VILLAGE SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
  • 1998 ARTIST GARDEN, Melbourne, WATER IN THE GARDEN GROUP SHOW
  • GALLERY RANFURLIE, Melbourne, (GROUP SHOW)
  • ARTIST GARDEN, Melbourne, MIXED MOSAICS
  • 1996 ART INFUSION, Melbourne, CRACKED DOESN’T MEAN BROKEN! (solo show)
  • 1995 ARTIST GARDEN, Melbourne, MOSAIC 95
  • ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING, Melbourne, Art in Action exhibitor
  • 1994 WESTPAC GALLERY, Melbourne, WALKER CERAMICS AWARD COMPETITION
  • MEAT MARKET CRAFT CENTRE, MONASH UNIVERSITY GRADUATION SHOW

REPRESENTATIONS

  • The Jacky Winter Group
  • Lamington Drive Gallery, Melbourne
  • Gallery 360, Western Australia
  • Modamuse, Australia

SELECTED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
  • ROYAL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, MELBOURNE
  • CITY OF STONNINGTON, MELBOURNE
  • THE BLACKEYED SUSANS
  • KOROWA ANGLICAN GIRLS SCHOOL, MELBOURNE
  • ST MICHAELS GRAMMAR SCHOOL, MELBOURNE
  • ST JAMES SCHOOL, BRIGHTON, MELBOURNE

COMMERCIAL CLIENTS

Copeland Publishing, Herman Miller, Meredith Music Festival, Notebook Magazine, Oxford University Press, The Australian Financial Review, The Australian Readers Digest, The Blackeyed Susans, The National Gallery of Victoria.

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