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Photography & Fine Art
Madeleine Gross is a Toronto-based artist who combines photography and painting to represent how we live in both reality and fantasy. She photographs idyllic scenes from across the world—beaches, lakes, snow-covered mountains and medieval cobbled streets—and paints vibrant strokes over selections of the people, objects, and landscapes. The result is a unique aesthetic: part photo, part painting, photorealism and abstraction in one frame. The blend of styles illustrates the fantasy and daydream of human experience. It comments on how our emotions and expectations color how we see people and places, and it asks us to consider how much of our memories and daily experiences are projections of feelings, hopes, and dreams.
It also opens the viewer to participate in the emotions of another’s photos. Gross’s art enlivens moments we have experienced, and the abstract element of painting allows us to see ourselves in each frame. In many ways, these images, which are popular on Instagram, counteract Instagram: rather than rejecting us, beauty here invites us; the bright swirls of color inspire not anxiety but joy. Gross is the artist of the Instagram era, the artist of seen and unseen, the artist of lived and dreamed. Her images also champion the female figure and its expressions of beauty, strength, and love.
Gross was born in Los Angeles and lives in Toronto. She studied photography and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) University. At first she applied bright strokes of paint to prints of her photographs with palette knives, and her aesthetic has progressed to cover majorities or even entireties of images in paint. Her art also now features abstract figures painted on photographed landscapes without any human bodies underneath. Through this, Gross continues to develop her visual and symbolic language and push both genres of photograph and painting. She exhibits and sells her work around the world, and it has been featured in publications such as i-D, The Coveteur and Interview Magazine, as well as fairs such as Art Miami, Scope, Art New York, Art Market Hamptons.
Select Collaborators/Clients: KitKat Canada, Fashion Magazine Canada, LE LIS BLANC, Coveteur, Roads Group, Ipsy, i-D Magazine, Nike Air Society
Select Press: CBC Arts, Coveteur, Fashion Magazine, i-D, Konbini, Ignant, Saatchi Art, Interview Magazine Germany, The Kit
Solo & Group Exhibitions:
Solo shows 2021 Madeleine Gross, Steidel Contemporary
Other shows 2021 Beach Vibes, ArtStarSaturated Color, ArtStarFUTURE IS FEMALE, Steidel Contemporary, New Work on ArtStar 2021, ArtStar
2021 – Steidel Contemporary at Market Art + Design 2021, Steidel Contemporary
2020 – Steidel Contemporary at Art Miami 2020, Steidel Contemporary
2019 – Steidel Contemporary at SCOPE Miami Beach 2019, Steidel Contemporary
2019 – Steidel Contemporary at Art New York 2019, Steidel Contemporary
2018 – The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art New York, NY
2017 – OFY Wynwood, Featured Artist for Art Basel, Miami, FL
2017 – Spectrum Miami Art Show, Art Basel, Miami, FL
2017 – Live Artist at Finchley Group x Andersons event, Toronto, ON
2017 – Abstract Realities by Madeleine Gross, UV Shop, Toronto, ON
2017 – Kensington Market Art Fair, Toronto, ON
2017 – Building up Together, Toronto, ON
2017 – Kit and Ace x Madeleine Gross Artist Feature, Toronto, ON
2016 – PI Creative Art Gallery, contributing artist for Prints On Demand, Online
2016 – Baredecks, Nude x Vision Streetwear for Canadian Cancer Society, Toronto, ON
2016 – Collectif Nude Gallery Launch, Toronto, ON
2015 – Art on the Dock, Haliburton, ON
2015 – Bazaar by Bratlist, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, ON
2015 – OCAD University Graduate Exhibition, Toronto, ON