Madelynn Green

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Madelynn Green (b. 1993, Milwaukee) is an artist based in London. Referencing the visual language of film photography, with its distinctive haze and ambiguity, Green’s paintings function as the physical embodiments of underrepresented histories and visually engender social and political concepts. Paint drips and figures are loosely rendered to foreground the strength of the medium as a tool for radical image-making, distinct from the objective camera lens. This imaginative balance between abstraction and representation generates new associations. In speaking about her practice, Green often notes how her experiences growing up in the American midwest and south shape her subjective and material interests, which, despite manifesting in paint, are rooted in photography. 

Green earned a BA in Political Science/Africana Studies from University of Notre Damean (2015) and an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins (2019).

Solo exhibitions include 'Birth of a Star', Almine Rech (2021); 'Gatherings' (online), Taymour Grahne Projects, London (2020). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Almine Rech, New York (2021); Almine Rech Gallery, Paris (2021); VO Curations, London (2021); Almine Rech Gallery, London, (2020); Lethaby Gallery, London (2020); Mall Galleries, London, (2020); South London Gallery, London (2019); Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London (2018); David Barnett Gallery, Milwaukee (2018); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2018); La Louvière, Belgium (2018); Apiary Studios, London (2018).

Green won the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Contemporary Art Fund Studiomakers Prize (2020), was shortlisted for the Dentons Prize (2019) and was awarded the Mona Hatoum Bursary (2018). 

Her works are held in the collections of X Museum, Beijing and Government Art Collection, UK.

Green’s background in politics guides her paintings and is subtly manifested in her proliferation of counter-hegemonic images. Making paintings in focused series, she addresses a range of subjects, synthesising varied ideas and experiences. Working from photo and video reference material as well as imagination, recent subjects have included family and social dynamics—primarily those found in nightclubs and crowds. 

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