Art Fact Friday: Fine Fabrics in Fine Art

Art Fact Friday: Tamara Natalie Madden’s fine art is mixed media; with scraps of fabric applied to the canvas as well as paint. Madden gathers the fabric from her Godmother, a designer, who uses fabrics from all over the world. She also collects fabric from her own travels. Madden applies the collected fabrics very purposefully: referencing the history of quilting in the Caribbean, African, and African-American culture. The fabrics are also considered in many places of the world to represent wealth and royalty of those who wear them; elevating the subjects of her paintings from everyday people to the rich beautiful souls which she sees them as.

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Art Fact Friday – Birds

Art Fact Friday: Ever wonder about the birds you see in most of Tamara Natalie Madden’s work? She was able to overcome a rare kidney disease with a successful transplant, and the birds in her fine art represent her freedom from the disease. Learn more at the Artist Talk tomorrow, 1pm-3pm!
Tamara Natalie Madden’s, The Light Within.

Tamara Natalie Madden, The Light Within

Art Fact Friday: Deification Through Color

Art Fact Friday: Tamara Natalie Madden often uses deep purples and blues as skin tones for the figures in her artworks, the use of this color helps to deify the figure in two ways: One, elevating the figures above the ordinary. Two, these colors both have historically been regal colors that portrayed wealth because of how rare and expensive the colors were.

In the past, the Phoenicians’ “Tyrian purple” came from a species of sea snail now known as Bolinus brandaris, and it was so exceedingly rare that it became worth its weight in gold.* As for the best royal blue, natural ultramarine was the most expensive colorant with a price sometimes exceeding that of gold. It was, therefore, used very sparingly and the highest quality ultramarine was often reserved for painting the robes of Mary and the infant Christ in religious images.*

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