- Bea Maddock
Beatrice Louise (Bea) Maddock (born 1934) is an
Hobart, Tasmania, the daughter of an Anglicanclergyman.
Bea Maddock studied art education at the
University of Tasmania, Hobart and taught secondary school in Hobart before travelling abroad to study at the Slade School of Art, London. Her teachers included William Coldstream, Ceri Richardsand Anthony Gross. During this time she visited Paris, Italy, Hollandand Germany, where she closely studied the work of the German Expressionists, who were a formative influence. She also stopped in Bombay, Indiaduring the return trip by ship to Australia.
She returned to teaching in
Launceston, Tasmaniabefore settling in the state of Victoria. She taught printmaking at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1970 and returned to Tasmania as Head of the School of Art, Launceston in 1983-84. She was a Creative Arts Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberrain 1976.
Maddock lived and worked at
Mount Macedon, Victoria until the Ash Wednesday firesof 1983 forced her to flee. Her house, studio and a large archive of the work of many decades was destroyed. She later returned to her native state of Tasmania. In 1987 she participated in the 'Artists in Antarctica' program with Jan Senbergs and John Caldwell. While on that voyage, she badly fractured her leg on Heard Island, which compromised her mobility for several years afterwards.
She was awarded the Member of the
Order of Australiamedal in 1991.
Maddock is best known as a printmaker, in which area she has had a profound impact on contemporary practice in Australia, combining printing with
encausticpainting and installation artto explore the natural environment, Aboriginal Australia, and Australian history.
She has won many prizes and is represented in the
National Gallery of Australia, all State galleries, and the Museum of Modern Artin New York and the National Gallery in Washington.
Her most recent major work, 'Terra Spiritus... With a Darker Shade of Pale', is a circumlittoral incised drawing in 51 parts of the entire coastline of Tasmania, each feature labelled with both the English and the aboriginal Tasmanian topographic names. The pigments used to make the drawing are made from native Tasmanian ochres.
Staff of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston, Tasmania are currently preparing a "
catalogue raisonné". It will contain entries on 978 works produced by the artist between 1952 and 1983.
* [http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/Australianprintsonline/Partners/TheNationalGalleryofAustralia/BeingandNothingnessBeaMaddock.aspx Roger Butler & Anne Kirker (1991) "Being and Nothingness: Bea Maddock, Work From Three Decades", Australian National Gallery]
Art of Australia
* [http://www.nationalgallery.com.au/landscapes/Pano2.htm Terra Spiritus]
* [http://www.printsandprintmaking.gov.au/catalogues/image.aspx?frmview=results&itemid=bea,maddock Images of 317 prints by Bea Maddock]
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