Born in King’s Lynn in 1980, Lee Madgwick graduated with BA (Hons) from Norwich University College of the Arts in 2003. He exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show in 2009 and was winner of the Eastern Open Art Prize in the same year. He also shows at the annual Royal Society of British Artists exhibition in the Mall Galleries, where he was awarded the painting prize in 2010.
His work focuses on an element of mystery and suspense, creating a haunting emotive quality. Each piece with its own narrative of a scene frozen in time, as if waiting for an outcome, arousing feelings of something happening – or about to happen, yet hidden from the viewers glare. Thus initiating a sense of unease, vulnerability and isolation, in an already formidable and sometimes melancholic atmosphere.
He paints in oil and acrylic on canvas – creating a moody ambience with a limited palette. A low glow or a sharp burst of light is almost always used to generate an abundance of seemingly inexplicable moods to contrast with a brooding sky. Whether his work is touched with a sense of foreboding, topical, mystical, or even sprinkled with a rye sense of humour, he likes to think his paintings remain distinctly British.