I’m a British artist based in the north-west of England, specialising in predominantly oil paintings.

I was trained from the age of 9 right through to university level in all the traditional disciplines of Fine Art, then went on to do a more conceptual Fine Art degree course at UWE, Bristol.

Madeleine with Cosmic Dance

After two years working for a charity in London, I embraced my “free spirit” and lived abroad in various places, doing voluntary work while developing my art and song-writing. I have learned, lived and functioned in Italian, Hebrew and Portuguese, and trained as a teacher while living in Lisbon, Portugal. I consider myself an “international” person and am very grateful to have had so many fascinating and varied experiences around the world.

My husband is Portuguese: from a completely different background to me and in a completely different profession – he works in engineering! This is important for my artistic philosophy, since I am constantly being challenged to consider why I think the way I do and to see and appreciate different perspectives.

We are raising two sons who are delightful and creative in their own ways.

 

Read a question and answer interview about my artistic process and inspiration:
https://dot-art.co.uk/2020/11/13/in-the-studio-madeleine-pires/
Here I answer questions about the materials I use, my style, process and career in art.

 

About My Art

We live in an uncertain time in history; in an information-filled yet disillusioned generation. I aim to bring a bit of beauty, hope and goodness into the world through my art, pure and simple.

I feel paintings can increase people’s visual fluency and be a positive, therapeutic presence in our lives. I want to “ignite and delight” people’s imaginations with my art wherever possible.

Some may notice - and some may not - that I address the unspoken yearning for more depth; more spiritual reconnection; more authenticity. I ignore the cynicism and shallowness popular in contemporary art today, because I think people deserve moments to appreciate pure beauty, through movement, colour and form, with no hidden or contrived agenda.

My works are visual manifestations of the power of the human spirit to explore, endure, discover and express the energy and emotion unique to our kind. I create art out of a sacrifice and joy-filled process searching and finding meaning, truth and the source of creativity itself. I use multiple layers, going through hundreds of tiny paintbrushes to achieve the level of detail and multi-faceted complexity which is meant to be refreshing, stimulating and inspiring to the eye.

There are many different styles of art, and purposes, and it often happens that viewers see different things and experience different reactions. If anyone happens to resonate with something I have created, it makes me supremely happy.

Past Exhibitions

July 25th-August 10th 2019: The Art Gallery - New Wine United, Peterborough

Dec 2018-June 2019: 2 rented paintings, Quilter Cheviot, Liverpool

Summer 2018: New Wine Art Gallery, Shepton Mallet

Spring 2018: Picture House, Newton-le-Willows, solo exhibition

2016-2017: The Hub Community Centre, solo exhibition, Altrincham

Summer 2016: Art in the Park, Stamford Park, The Family and Counselling Centre

Summer 2016: New Wine Art Gallery, Shepton Mallet

Summer 2015: Hale Library, Hale Festival, Altrincham French Festival

Nov 19 - Jan 20: "The Liverpool Collection" - Dot-Art Gallery, Liverpool

Spring 2015: Water Exhibition, Art with a Heart

January-February 2015: Altrincham Market

Autumn 2009: "Flowers" exhibition, Nottingham

Summer 2009: "Untitled" Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London

2007-2012: Odeceixe Comunidade Criativa, Algarve: Hand-carved stones

2007-2009: Frutos de Luz "Fruits of Light" art gallery, Algarve

2005: "Creator Gallery" Ascension Balham Hill, London

2000-2003: Degree show and various exhibitions in Bristol, Bath, UK and Bologna, Italy (Erasmus)

2000: End of year exhibition, Moray College, University of the Highlands and Islands

April - May 21: "Out Of The Darkness" - Dot-Art Gallery, Liverpool

New Wine 2016
New Wine 2016
New Wine 2018