Madeleine studied Fine Art Painting at the then Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) under Vivian van der Merwe. After leaving art school, she worked in the advertising and publishing industry for two decades, owned and ran a small gallery before finally getting an opportunity to start working as an artist full time. She currently works from her studio in Breë Street, Cape Town, doing mainly painting and experimental prints.
1988 Graduation (NDip Fine Art), Port Elizabeth Technikon
1989 – present Various group exhibitions in galleries across the country, i.e. Art.B (Bellville), Trent Gallery, Long Street Art Lovers (Pretoria), Jupiter Art Room (Pretoria), Artem (Cape Town) and art fairs around the country (through Spier Arts / Creative Block).
2018 Solo exhibition: Pniël Museum Gallery
Group exhibition: Artem (February 2018 – April 2019)
Franschhoek Festival of Art (17, 18 March 2018)
Art.B, Bellville – Tiny Treasures (June 2018)
Johann van Heerden’s Art Gallery, Pretoria (August 2018)
Part of Spier Arts Trust/Creative Block programme.
2019 Solo exhibition: Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town (9 April – 8 May) “You find silence where you expect noise” – a series of semi-abstract cityscapes.
2020 Group exhibition: Rust en Vrede Gallery (Jan – Feb)
Group Exhibition: Johann van Heerden’s Art Gallery (Jan)
Group exhibition (onlne) COMMITTEE’S CHOICE PLUS at Art.B (July/August)
Work currently on display
Rust en Vrede Gallery (Durbanville)
Part of Spier Arts Trust/Creative Block programme (Work displayed at Spier, Nandos, Hollard)
2009 Establish my own home-based gallery In Pretoria (Jupiter Art Room) where numerous exhibitions were held (upcoming and established artists, as well as old masters) until my move to Cape Town
2010 - Collaborative work: Creating illustrations using the photography of Linda Orsmond.
2014, 2016 Illustrated two books of short stories for Namibian author, Oswald Rall Theart for KreativSA.
2014 – present Full time artist
2012 Teach part time at a farm school in Durbanville for children of farm workers
2016 Teach an autistic French immigrant (teenager) on a voluntary basis
2018 – 2019 Teach young special needs teenager in all drawing and painting disciplines
2018 – present Presenting small workshops in mixed media painting as well as fabric printing
2019 – present Part-time Art teacher at Lycée Français du Cap (Gardens, Cape Town)
Extra-mural art teacher at the French primary school in Seapoint.