Lee Madgwick, a former Lynn student and now an award-winning East Anglian artist, has been preparing for an exhibition at Byard Art in Cambridge which opened today and continues to June 14.
Returning to Byard Art for his third solo show, as a recently elected member of the Royal British Society of Artists, Lee’s most recent collection sends his audience on a pilgrimage glimpsing a world of peculiar sights, sounds and lives on their travels.
A common thread in Lee’s work is the way he imbues his paintings with a mysterious haunting quality, often suggesting a scene frozen ‘mid act’ that leaves you, the viewer, curious about what might happen next.
In this exhibition you will see familiar images of the British countryside such as isolated ivy clad houses, copses and woodlands (with the additional Madgwick quirk) to the more bizarre singular tower block in a remote valley and a house a blaze on stilts!
After taking his BTEC Diploma in Art & Design at the College of West Anglia, Lynn, Lee studied graphic design at Norwich University College of the Arts. He has been working professionally as a painter since graduating in 2003.
His work has sold strongly through Byard Art at Art Fairs in London and abroad as well through the gallery’s Cambridge exhibition space. He was selected for the Eastern Open over the last ten years and awarded the Eastern Open Best in Show prize in 2009 and was the winner of the Wyss Foundation Painting Award in 2013.
Having been born in Lynn and growing up in the town, Lee says it is “a place very close to my heart”.
For his creativity he adds: “I’m constantly drawn to the East Anglian countryside and therefore it plays a heavy part in my work – particularly my beloved Norfolk and the somewhat mysterious setting of The Fens.”
Byard Art is in King’s Parade, Cambridge; admission is free and the opening times are 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, 11am-4pm Sundays and bank holiday. For more information call 01223 464646.