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 ‘most 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.
1942 Born 27th December in London.
1953-1959 Educated at Camberwell school of Art,London.
1963-1969 Worked series of jobs, enabling him to continue painting.
1969-1978 Senior Art therapist at Basingstoke, Hampshire.
1969-1974 Active member of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement.
1974-1978 Vice chairman of Basingstoke Hospitals branch of N.U.P.E.
1979-1981 British Institute for Brain Injured Children, Knowle Hall, Bridgwater, Somerset.
1989 Moved to Waterford, spends times working in the Cevenne. Midi, France during darker Irish months.
Selected Major Solo Exhibitions
1983 Leading Contemporary Impressionists, Kayler Fine Arts, Exeter, UK. Bridgwater Gallery, Somerset, UK.
1985-1987 Cleverland Gallery, Bath, UK
1987-1990 Alpine Gallery, London, UK
1991-1992 The George Gallery, Dublin,
1992 The Copthorne, Brussels, Belgium.
1993-2001 The James Gallery, Dalkey, Dublin
1994-2005 The Lavit Gallery, Cork.
Selected Major Group Exhibitions
1986-1989 Royal Academy of Art, London.
1986-1987 The West of England Royal Academy, Bristol , UK
1991-1998 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
1996-1998 John Martin gallery, London.
1998 Calderwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco & New York, USA.
1998 Montgomery gallery, San Francisco, USA
1997-2003 Greenlane gallery, Dingle.
2003-2005 The Taylor Gallery, Belfast.
2001-2008 The People’s Gallery, Cork.