Madeleine Gross (b. 1993 Los Angeles, California) is a Toronto-based artist who customizes her photographs with paint in a way designed to abstract landscapes but without completely abstracting reality. A graduate of the The Ontario College of Art and Design where she gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, Madeleine intuitively applies gesture, texture, colour and strokes with paint with the idea of emulating an immersive reality for viewers and in turn induce the sensation of actually being there just by looking. The inspiration she finds in nature, light and the effortlessly entertaining pastime of people watching can be felt in her images; with textural colour layers and a realistic movement her images embody the rippled water from a jet ski, ocean waves, the fresh beach breeze. Positive connotations are at the heart of her work, with each of the photographs taken on her trips across the globe, all enhanced by a warm and bright colour palette applied through a few happy strokes of a brush.
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