Kevin Maddison

I originally trained at the London College of Printing as a Graphic Designer but have spent most of my working life as an Illustrator, with some spells as a Lecturer. I illustrated several children’s books, notably three Edward Lear poems launched at the Fine Art Society Gallery and exhibited at Nash House. One book was included in the annual Fifty Best Books Awards and was part of a touring exhibition of British Illustration. I also had a one man exhibition at the ‘Illustrators Art’ Gallery with my Midsummer Nights Dream. I have also exhibited in European Illustration and the Association of Illustrators annual show. Some of my illustrations are now in private collections. I have also been involved with non fiction book illustration and have covered most subjects from ancient worlds to architectural reconstructions.

I have recently become entranced by Etching. Enjoying the whole process from the alchemy of the etch to the beautiful linear quality that can be achieved. I see it as an extension of drawing producing both bold and delicate lines, crosshatching and brooding shadows and depth. Many of the themes and threads running through the work stem from my time illustrating books. Hints of folk tales, characters from poems and my own archives can be found, also I hope my love of nature, place and creatures – especially dogs! I enjoy using etching as a means of conveying humour and narrative. I see my prints as illustrations telling a story. I add watercolour washes to my work for emphasis and the hand finished element it can add.

My Prints can be seen in several galleries and have been exhibited at The Leeds Craft and Design Gallery, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle and The Weekend Gallery in Hastings, The Tube Gallery, Jam Factory and the Green Tree Gallery in Haywards Heath.