David Kelly Maddrell

Born 17/12/69 – Douglas, Isle of Man

1981-88 Art Education – Castle Rushen High School, Castletown
1988-89 Foundation Course, Douglas College of Further Education
1989 First Prize Singer & Friedlander Student Section
1990-92 Fine Art Degree Course, Sunderland College of Art (now University)
1999 Started career as a full-time artist
1999 Summer First solo exhibition of pastel landcapes, Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin
Exhibited regularly at The Courtyard Gallery, Tynwald Mills, St. Johns
2000 Autumn Second solo exhibition of landscapes, Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin
2001 6 Man show, The Courtyard Gallery, Tynwald Mills, St. Johns
2001 Represented the I.O.M. at the InterCeltic Festival, Lorient, Brittany
2001 September, took up Residence at The Courtyard Gallery, Tynwald Mills, St. Johns

Since becoming a full time artist in 1999 I have had two solo exhibitions and numerous group shows as a pastel landscape painter. During this time I was also developing skills as a stained glass artist.

In September 2001 I started my year as Artist in Residence at the Courtyard Gallery. This position has given me the opportunity to bring my glass skills to the fore, culminating in the first major exhibition based around my glass work.

My work draws from all quarters of the Island and celebrates its many facets. I set out to make vivid scenes which respond to the rich experience we receive from our environment. A common denominator to the pictures is the contrasting of pristine highlights with deep sonorous shadows giving gravitas to the tonal aspect of the compositions.