A fine artist of considerable standing, Madeleine Strindberg studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, Goldsmith’s College and the Royal College of Art, graduating in Painting from the latter in the mid-1980s. She taught and developed the fine art at Brighton from 1987 until leaving 2012.

Born in Cologne, West Germany. after an international upbringing she arrived in Britain aged 19. After her training, in 1988/89 she was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London and in 1987 she had a Barclays Bank Award solo show at Warwick Arts Trust. She was awarded an Abbey Award in painting at the British School of Rome in 1996, and won the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1998 (a year in which Chris Ofili and Basil Beattie were also shortlisted). In 2000 she was also short listed for the John Wollaston Award at the Royal Academy, London. Her work has been included in many national and international shows.

An abstract painter with her own colour symbolism, Strindberg’s work may include 3-dimensional objects, photography and video, as well as the written word, but always refers back to painting. Her exhibitions have explored a range of themes – from the psychologically charged internal worlds of ‘Just Look at Yourself! to medical transcriptions of ‘Central Nervous System’, and the explicitly political work in ‘Among the Believers’, which chronicles events in Iraq and the ensuing occupation. The common denominator through all the work is a sense of alienation, displacement, and conflict, which can be either of political or personal nature.