MADELEINE HAND was born in Motherwell in 1959. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1981, where she specialised in illustration. Her work has a strong individual and recognisable style; it is defined by an immaculate sense of line and colour, coupled with an unerring eye for making the everyday moments of life beautiful. Madeleine loves the paintings of the 1940s and has been inspired by the work of Eric Ravilious and Evelyn Dunbar.
For the last few years she has been involved in a Community Growing Project in Dunkeld, where those involved grow and harvest vegetables, flowers and herbs for the village markets. The subject of fields, farming, contemplation and celebration often feature in her painting.
Madeleine Hand currently divides her time between commissions and painting. She has been commissioned to produce work for Scottish Ballet, Ivor Cutler, Dunkeld Records and Perth Festival of the Arts. Widely exhibited across Britain, she now lives and works in Perthshire.
Attended Glasgow School of Art 1976-81, specialised in Illustration Post Graduate at Glasgow School of Art 1981 Awarded Travelling Scholarship to Portugal 1981 Community Artist at The Pierce Institute, Govan 1982 One of a group of artists to set up Inks Art and Design, a gallery/ workshop in Birnam 1988-91 Part-time Teacher of Art and Design at The New School, Butterstone from 1992 Helped establish Zigzags, an outlet for arts and crafts in Dunkeld .
Commissions include : Promotional poster for Ivor Cutler Scottish Ballet Workshop brochure Illustration work for Dunkeld Records Illustrations for Perth Festival of the Arts Brochure 2008-2011 Illustration and promotional material for ‘The Field’ Community Growing Project Dunkeld 2014 Promotional Design ‘The Taybank’ - Dunkeld Illustrated map of Dunkeld and Birnam [The Taybank Dunkeld]
SOLO EXHIBITION: 13 May to 3 June, 2023