Madeleine Cruise is an emerging artist who lives and works in Newcastle NSW. Her painting practice explores the role of ritual and habit in everyday life and the way these practices contribute to personal identity and purpose.
Her work is inspired by iconography and the performance associated with her experience of religious and cultural festivities. Through painting, Madeleine aligns these practices with secular activities in her everyday life, giving holiness to routine, to community engagement, aesthetic orderliness and ornamentation.
Madeleine studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Painting at the National Art School Sydney. As a student of the Reg Row Art Scholarship she graduated in 2009 with First Class Honours and the Fraser Studios Residency Prize. Her ongoing practice has been supported through studio residencies with Firstdraft, The Bundanon Trust, The Banff Centre Canada and Marrickville Garage. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia and Canada. Madeleine has been a finalist in the Waterhouse, Mosman and NSW Parliament En Plein Air art Prizes and in 2017 she was a finalist in the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
In 2013 Madeleine founded NANA contemporary art space in Newcastle, a not for profit gallery that she directed for three years. Madeleine’s work is part of private and public collections including Artbank Australia.