Anne Madden

Anne Madden is particularly well known in both Ireland and France where she has divided her time for the past forty years. Of Irish and Anglo-Chilean origin, Anne Madden spent her first years in Chile.

Her parents returned to Europe to live in Ireland and in London, where she subsequently attended the Chelsea School of Arts and Crafts. During this period she was impressed by an important exhibition of American painting at the Royal Academy.

It was Abstract Expressionism that opened up new possibilities of experimentation for her at that time. She later met some of these artists in Paris and New York among them Jean-Paul Riopelle, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner and others with some of whom she exchanged works. The techniques employed included palette knife and paint flows and soon involved the use of multiple canvases as a means of creating pictorial interactions.