Madeleine Cruise is an emerging Australian artist who lives and works in Newcastle NSW. Her art practice uses drawing, collage and painting to explore everyday rituals and their contribution to personal identity. Inspired by connections with place and the role of memory, Madeleine combines still life and landscape imagery to create expressive compositions that hover between abstraction and representation.
Madeleine’s landscapes are concerned with the emotional understanding of place and explore how painting and memory can operate as processes of reconnection. Reductive, layered and highly coloured paintings focus on the visual and textural signifiers of place and allow for an instinctual and subjective interpretation. Madeleine’s interior paintings are multi faceted compositions that represent the sequence of everyday life and as such seek to elevate and make rituals of ordinary domestic practices.
Born in regional NSW, Madeleine Cruise studied a Bachelor of Fine Art at The National Art School Sydney, where she graduated in 2009 with First Class Honours and the Fraser Studio Residency Prize.
Her ongoing practice has been supported through studio residencies in Australia with First Draft, Fraser Studios, Marrickville Garage, Renew Newcastle and the Bundanon Trust. Madeleine has pursued cultural and creative research during travels throughout Asia, Europe and America and undertaken international residencies and exhibitions with the Banff Centre Canada and Cntrllab Gallery Montreal.
In 2012 Madeleine relocated to Newcastle NSW where she foundered NANA Contemporary Art Space, a not for profit artist run initiative that she directed for four years.
Madeleine has been a finalist in the Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award, Waterhouse, Mosman, Muswellbrook and NSW Parliament En Plein Air Art Prizes and was a finalist for the 2017 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
She has exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia and Canada as well as being part of public and private collections including Artbank Australia.