Madonna Staunton

About the Artist

Madonna Staunton (b, 1938) is an artist and poet. Very early in her life Staunton was encouraged to make art by her mother who was also a painter and poet of repute. Her father was a book trader, and she grew up in his store surrounded by literature. From 1965 to 1967, Staunton attended regular art classes with Bronwyn Thomas, and received occasional tuition from Jon Molvig, Nevil Matthews and Roy Churcher in Brisbane. Her own studies of music and oriental philosophy, and her immersion in writing, particularly poetry, have broadened her creative development. She began painting lyrical abstract paintings in the mode of Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko and Clyfford Still.

From the mid-1970s Staunton abandoned painting and concentrated on collage, assemblage, and related media, for which she became known. Only recently has she returned to painting. In recent years, Staunton’s work has been featured in a number of important group exhibitions, including 2016’s ‘Painting. More Painting’ at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, profiling painting’s resurgence in the last decade and 2015’s ‘Streetwise: Contemporary Print Culture’ at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. In 2014, the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane presented a retrospective of Staunton’s work, with a focus on her paintings and entitled ‘Out of a Clear Blue Sky’.

Madonna Staunton’s work is held in a number of major public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Artbank, Sydney; Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo; Griffith University, Brisbane; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane; Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; and Parliament House, Canberra.

About the Artwork

Staunton as an artist is rarely static, known for her remarkable capacity to change. Her use of unconventional materials, and the practice of collage, makes her two and three dimensional assemblages a tactile means of reflection. The scrap paper and discards Staunton uses for her pieces are carefully chosen to add weight and context to her subject matter.

Looking at Nietzsche
2010
Acrylic on canvas, framed
53 x 73cm
Courtesy of Milani Gallery
170 Boundary St West End Q 4101
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Venue Snapshot

Hope St Cafe is a social enterprise cafe providing fresh local food and supported employment pathways.

There have been a number of cafes in this mostly commercial premises built in 1983, previously the site of several houses in the middle of West End’s traditional civic precinct. The Lyric Theatre, a few doors downhill and the School of Arts next door uphill were both destroyed by fire in the 1960s. The magnificent Kurilpa Library, part of the civic trio, survives as a much loved presence in the streetscape.


Artists

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Judy Napangardi Watson
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Linde Ivimey
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George Gittoes
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Vernon Ah Kee
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Ross Manning
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Paul Bai
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Franck Gohier
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Madeleine Kelly
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Margaret Loy Pula
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Victoria Reichelt
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Luke Roberts
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Madonna Staunton
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Brian Robinson
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Keith Burt
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Jacinta Giles
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Nicola Moss
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@ Addwest Shoe & Luggage Repairs
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Annie O'Rourke
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Ari Athans
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Christopher Bassi
‘Black Cowrie’
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Tyza Stewart
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Vanghoua Anthony Vue
‘Untitled Triptych’
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Jackie Ryan
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Zoe Porter
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Sebastian Moody
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Amy Carkeek
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Warraba Weatherall
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