Madeleine Strobel

Born in Venezuela, daughter of Czech parents, I spent my first ten years in South America, before moving to Europe. I spent another ten years in Switzerland, where I completed my schooling before moving to Germany in 1971. I moved to Scotland in 1980, where I enrolled at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated (BA Hons Painting) in 1984. My principal tutors at that time were Elizabeth Blackadder, John Houston and George Donald. City of Edinburgh Council purchased one of my large charcoal drawings during my degree show.

I have been a practicing artist ever since. In London, from 1987, I worked in Carpenters Road Studios (run by ACME) in East London and in Park Studios in Finsbury Park. Since arriving in Devon in 2004, I have been working in a barn not far from where I live in South Hams. My work in Devon has been exhibited at the Artmill Gallery in Plymouth and the Limekiln Gallery in Calstock. Since joining the 21 Group of artists ten years ago, my work has been included in many group exhibitions in Totnes, Dartington, Plymouth, St. Ives and beyond. Together with the ArtSix group I have been taking part in the South Hams Arts Trail for several years running.

Today, my work has two distinct strands: Drawing and Painting on one side and Papermaking on the other. In drawing and painting, landscape is my chosen subject matter. The sea and the sky, this is where everything begins. I relish the ever changing light and the movement of the water.

With the travelling scholarship that I won in Edinburgh in 1983, I went to visit the traditional papermaking village in Kurotani in Japan, where the washi papermaking technique has remained unchanged for 800 years. Today, in my studio, I experiment with, and create works on paper that incorporate debris and flotsam that I find on the shore, including rusty metal and seaweed.

During my 35 year long painting career I have had solo exhibitions in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Venezuela and was invited to international symposiums in the United States and the Azores.

My work is included in public collections: City of Edinburgh Council (Jean F. Watson Bequest); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas; John Radcliffe Hospital (Green College), Oxford; International Maritime Organisation, London and ArtUK (UCL collection).