Born in 1942 in London, Arthur Maderson studied fine Art from 1959 to 1963 at Camberwell school of Art, South London, where in 1963 he won the Anna Berry Award in open competition with graduates from all the leading Art Schools in England. It was not until 1982 that Arthur exhibited his paintings. His progress and success as a professional Painter from this period has been and continues to be extraordinary.
In 1987 Arthur moved from somerset to a totally isolated 17th century Welsh Longhouse high in the Cambrian Mountains, with no electricity or phone. This move, against his then agent’s advice to move to London, indicates both the single mindedness of the man and his tendency to be reclusive. He does not court publicity or ‘move in artistic circles’, nor does he have a website, and to this day is almost impossible to contact by phone.
In September of 99, although he had established a formidable reputation in the UK, he moved to the relative obscurity of rural Ireland. He is now recognised as being one of Ireland’s strongest figurative painters. All of his one man shows in the Republic have sold out. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of London, he has been awarded the Cornelisson Award at the West of England Academy,
And the award for ‘moat distinguished painting’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin.
Whilst he paints tirelessly he rarely exhibits his work, and he is increasingly reluctant to sell his paintings. His working life is now shared between The Blackwater Valley in County Waterford and the mountainous Cevenne region in the south of France.