Anne Madden

Anne Madden was born in London in 1932 and studied at the Chelsea School of  Arts and Crafts in 1950. While travelling through Europe she met the painter  Louis le Brocquy and in 1958 they married and settled in the small village of  Carros, France. Madden lived in France for many years before returning to  Ireland where she now lives and works. 

Anne Madden’s early work was preoccupied by the Irish landscape and  archaeological remnents of our cultural heritage, and has evolved to encompass  various reflections on life and death communicated through an idiosyncratic  pictorial language that combines figuration and abstraction. More recent work  has focused on an exploration of the Northern Lights, representing the visual  phenomenon in large polyptychs on linen and more intimate works on paper.  These paintings vibrate with colour as turquoise, lilac and yellow shapes snake  across the picture plane to create ambiguous spaces depicting layers of light. 

Anne Madden represented Ireland at the 1965 Venice Biennale and in 1986 she  was elected to Aosdána. In 2004 she was conferred with an honorary degree by  University College Dublin as part of its 150thanniversary celebrations and in the  same year she was made an Officier Des Arts et Des Lettres by the French  

Government. Throughout her career she has had over 50 solo exhibitions. Two  major retrospectives of her work were held in 1991 and 2007 at the Royal  Hibernian Academy and the Irish Museum of Modern Art respectively. Her work  is included in the public collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, the National  Portrait Collection, Muséee du Louvre, IMMA, the OPW /State Art