b. King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England, 1980.
Graduated in Graphic Design from Norwich University College of the Arts, 2003.
Lee Madgwick’s mysterious and emotive paintings depict scenes of abandonment, seclusion and dereliction. Both his urban and rural pictures portray parts of the modern British landscape that are often overlooked by many (with occasional sprinklings of the surreal). With an undercurrent of mischievous menace throughout, the subject matter is at once thrown into question. Who inhabits these places? What lives do they lead? What is happening or about to happen? “I hope to achieve a sense of drama in my work. Presenting a familiar image yet placing it in an intimate and moody setting. A narrative is very important – but intentionally never fully explained. I like to leave it for the viewer to come up with their own interpretation.”
Lee paints on canvas in oils and acrylics. A play of light is used to generate an abundance of seemingly inexplicable moods to contrast with a brooding sky. Lee has exhibited throughout the UK including London and Edinburgh as well as Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome, Milan, Stockholm, Madrid, Singapore and New York.
In recent years he was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) – in 2015, was asked by Banksy to showcase his work alongside internationally acclaimed artists at a large temporary art project called Dismaland – in 2018 his drawing ‘Shroud’ was selected for the Derwent Art Prize, and in 2019 was commissioned to paint a piece to feature as the cover art on the Kaiser Chiefs new album ‘Duck’.
‘I love Lee Madgwick’s eerie, Gothic and beautiful work – it has a strange capacity to be both moving and unnerving, and there’s no-one else quite like him.’ Sarah Perry – Writer and novelist
‘I just love Lee’s work. What an extraordinary painter’. Richard Osman – TV presenter, producer, comedian and writer
‘Lee Madgwick is one of my absolute favourite artists, and I get huge joy every day from having his work on my wall.’ Adam Kay – Author, script-writer and comedian
‘I love Lee’s work, and I’m extremely lucky that his images have provided the cover art for two of my books. Lee’s paintings are both beautiful and unsettling, conveying a powerful sense of the uncanny with quiet precision. The work is potent, haunting, strange, humorous and utterly distinctive.’ Paul Bassett Davies – Writer, director and producer
‘Memories long forgotten just out of reach of your conscious mind.’ Bob Mortimer – Comedian, presenter and actor
‘Lee specialises in juxtaposing abandoned, derelict urban scenes in secluded rural locations. Basically run-down estates in run-down estates. He somehow captures the sense of dark things happening behind closed doors, while presenting