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Madelaine Georgette Painting for me is communication with a language of shapes, forms, color and pattern and texture.   Issues of connectedness and relationship between individuals and groups, and between people and their environments underlie all my work.  I focus on social and political issues and contexts using both representative and abstract forms”.


Madelaine is currently working on a series of artworks to visually portray aspects of Climate Change, specifically global warming. She will concentrate on impacts observed and experienced within the Arctic Circle and in this way be able to narrow this vast and complex topic as well as deal with factual, measured changes and real life experiences. Madelaine recently went on a two week educational voyage to the Arctic in July 2006 in order to experience it first hand. Recent exhibitions of her work on global warming have included ArtSpace Gallery WICE in Paris, France.



Madelaine Georgette holds a BFA in painting/drawing from the University of Washington and a BA in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) and a MA in Political Economy, both from the University of Texas at Dallas.  While managing her economic consulting business, Madelaine gradually shifted her energies into developing her artistic interests and now devotes herself entirely to a professional art career.   


Her work is diverse in both subject matter and approach and includes figurative painting and ceramic sculpture.   Exhibitions include: twelve solo exhibitions and numerous group shows including the Frye Museum (1993) and the Bellevue Art Museum (1998).  Ms. Georgette’s work is featured in New Art International, 1999-2000, Book Art Press and is in private collections in USA, Canada, South Africa and Europe.   In 1999, as a member of Women Painters of Washington, Madelaine’s work was exhibited in Ireland - Millennium Images: Ireland and America  and also in Kuwait - Millennium Images: Kuwait and America.  Between 2003 and 2005 Madelaine's work was exhibited at several international art fairs including: Malaga, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany and Salzburg, Austria and in private galleries in Barcelona, Spain and Mannheim, Germany.

Madelaine Georgette lived in South Africa for 26 years and visits the country frequently thereby maintaining extensive ties with the people, the land, events and development of the country.  South Africa features largely in her work. South Africa: Beyond Apartheid  exhibited at the University of Washington, School of Social Work (1997-1998) and the Stroum Jewish Community Center  (Jan/ Feb.1997)included images of daily life and the series, Going To Vote, inspired by the first all-race elections in South Africa in April 1994.  The University of Washington purchased four of these paintings for installation in their Student Union Building.  Two of the series were selected for the national juried show, Free At Last,  at The Central Arts Collective in Tucson, Arizona (June 1997) featuring only ten artists from all over the United States.  This show celebrated Juneteenth, the period when the Texas slaves found out about their  freedom two years after the signing of the Declaration of Emancipation.   Ms. Georgette had five paintings depicting the South African experience in Journeys To Freedom  at The Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington  (April 1998).  This group exhibition commemorated the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel. 

Recently Madelaine worked on a series of images based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings in South Africa.  The TRC held public hearings around the country to hear the stories of both the victims and perpetrators of Apartheid, South Africa’s official policy of racial separation.  This first of the series, Building Community: Truth and Reconciliation was exhibited at the Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center, Seattle (Feb. 2000) as part of Black History Month.   The work for this exhibition was supported in part by grants from King County Arts Commission and the Puffin Foundation.  The first series concentrated on the foundations of Apartheid and featured some of the individual stories associated with life under this regime.  A second exhibition at Seattle University, Patricia Wismer Women’s Center (May 2000) on the impact of Apartheid on women and children, focused specifically on the role of women in this process of collective dialogue and reconciliation.  The other exhibition which featured Series III and IV together at Seattle Pacific University was supported by a grant from the King County Arts Commission.


It's Our Turn Now  The work explored issues of   connection, individual strength and group powerlessness.  The pieces are about women's voice, speech, dialogue and the search for reconciliation.   The third phase of this project explores the social and institutional context in which Apartheid existed and the fourth phase deals with issues of truth, justice and reconciliation”.

A solo exhibition  (Aug. 1998) on the Island of Spetses, Greece  focused primarily on Madelaine’s response to living part-time in Greece and dealt with interiors and exteriors. 

The former include intense color, shapes, patterns and interior spaces reflecting my responses to being there; the exteriors are more about place and people.   Many of the paintings show chairs - a space that is mine and that symbolizes an anchoring and centering”.  The Striped Hat

A solo exhibition  at Auburn City Hall Gallery (May 1999) continued the theme of personal spaces, private spaces, open spaces and the relationship of inside to outside. 

Madelaine also works three dimensionally with clay which opens up all kinds of different possibilities for expression which serve as a counterweight to the painting and drawing.  The sculptures range from figurative to fanciful and she has also created designs which were screened onto ceramic tiles. 

The tile series also portrayed issues of connection, communication and diversity among women and emphasized a rhythm that resonates among women no matter who we are or where we come from.  The images portray in a decorative way the inner complexity and varied patterns of our inner and outer lives”. 

While working on the series Building Community: Truth and Reconciliation, Madelaine exhibited extensively in group shows and won several awards.  Please refer to Exhibition History for a comprehensive list of shows and awards.





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