Madelynn Green - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, June 6, 2021 | Phillips

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  • “I’m interested in the politics of representation and documentation. Much of my paintings reference past archives, images and videos that would not typically appear in contemporary art contexts. I’m painting from my own perspective and confronting people to look at narratives, histories and images that have traditionally been left out of art canons.” —Madelynn Mae Green

    Madelynn Mae Green

    The artist with her work


    A student of political science in the US before she moved to the UK to study art at Central Saint Martins, Madelynn Green’s practice is rooted in the themes of memory, family and domesticity. Capturing the ambiguity of fading memories, Green’s canvases present alternate visions of reality. Faces are blurred, occasionally obscured, and each work encapsulates the painterly attempt to capture fleeting emotions of “tenderness, nostalgia, memory, and loss”. Sentimentality, although never explicit, irredeemably permeates each piece.


    Biking captures a young girl at the threshold of her door about to take her bicycle out for a ride. Her candyfloss pink outfit melts into the saccharine pink glow bathing the trees, the car, the suburban driveway: a moment of sweet, fleeting childhood joy. Green’s works embody such under-represented histories, incorporating family photographs and archival video and photo footage. Growing up in the American midwest and south shaped Green’s vision, with photography a key aspect of black artistic traditions because of its accessibility, which allowed black people to create their own images in the face of political, historical, cultural and economic disenfranchisement.


    Green is represented by Almine Rech and her work was acquired by the UK Government Art Collection in 2019.


    Madelynn Mae Green
    Image of the artist’s studio
    Vanessa Murrell © DATEAGLE ART 2019


    • Provenance

      TAFETA, London
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2018



signed and dated 'Madelynn Mae Green 2018' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
91 x 122 cm. (35 7/8 x 48 in.)
Painted in 2018.

Full Cataloguing

HK$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for HK$693,000

Contact Specialist

Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 7 June 2021