Beatrice M. Mady
Ever since my first glimpse at the Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, I have been fascinated with the patterns and designs of Japanese art. I was fortunate enough to be able to spend time in Japan in 2008. I photographed the landscape, the art and the architecture, especially the patterns of the roof tiles that were usually stamped with Kamon. These family crests have been used for thousands of years. I also filled a sketchbook with drawings and notes of the art and patterns found on the material.
My paintings have always been about texture and pattern, a task accomplished by using gestural brushstrokes and impastos. Digital work made in a vector based program like Illustrator is inherently flat. In order to create a sense of texture and pattern in my digital prints, I have created repeating patterns from the photographs I took of Kamon and placed them subtly in the background of shapes.
Born in New York City, Beatrice M. Mady received an M.F.A. in painting from Pratt Institute and a B.F.A. from the University of Dayton. Her works are on view in museums such as the Dayton Art Institute, MOF and Drew University Museum, and in corporate collections; Pfizer, Ortho Dermatological, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Johnson and Johnson, Sydney and Francis Lewis Foundation, Arenol Chemical Corporation, and in private collections. She has had numerous one person and group exhibitions. She was a recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant and three Kenny Grants. Ms. Mady is an Associate Professor and the Graphic Arts Coordinator at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ.
Ms. Mady has a Solo Exhibition opening at the Rotunda Gallery in Jersey City, NJ on March 9, 2010.