Madeleine Bialke

Madeleine Bialke (b. 1991 United States) creates highly personal landscape paintings which stem from a desire to simplify nature. This desire originated as a result of environmental connotations (extinction, domestication global ecological devastation) but was also born out of hope.The hope that simplification of a complex subject matter such as the natural world might encourage empathy and could become a gateway to further understanding. Her post-apocalyptic depictions of forests and landscapes are enveloped in romantic ideas of their sublimity. Growing up in Upstate New York, close to the Adirondack Mountains, Bialke became fascinated with the power of nature and humanity’s smallness. A recurring element in her work is the solace which nature can bring, and its ability to encourage sincerity in oneself. Only alone in the presence of nature is one able to cast off any societal shackles and the need to perform for others.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 / Mothers & Daughters,Visions West Contemporary, Denver, USA
2020 /COVID Care Package Project, Deanna Evans Projects, New York, USA
2020 / Ghosts of the Northeast, Davis Originals,Taos,Arizona, USA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 /Wide BlueYonder,Newchild Gallery,Antwerp,Belgium
2020 / In the Weeds, Olympia, New York, USA (curated by Georgia McGovern)
2020 / Mountain Time,Visions West Contemporary, Bozeman, USA
2020 / Earth Day,Art for Change,NewYork,USA (online)
2020 / Works on Paper, Deanna Evans Projects, New York, USA (online)

 

AWARDS

2018 /VisitingArtist,Alumni-in-the-Classroom Grant,Plattsburgh,NewYork,USA

2016 / John Walker MFA Painting and Sculpture Award, Boston University, USA

2016 / Fulbright Semi-Finalist, University of Tromsø, Norway
2015 / Summer Drawing Marathon Scholarship, New York Studio School, USA