Keith Maddison B.Ed. G.Av.A.

About the Artist.

    Keith Maddison was born in Gateshead in the North-East of England in 1951. It was whilst a student that he discovered the medium of ceramics in which he began to specialise. After graduating in 1974 he began a 12 year art teaching career, during which he introduced sculpture into the curriculum.

    In 1986 he began a new career as a professional artist. Since then he has received commissions for a wide variety of subjects and has become a specialist in military subjects, and in aviation in particular.

His first exhibition was in 1989 at the Netherlands National Aerospace Museum, The Aviodome, in Amsterdam. Further exhibitions have included the R.A.F. Museum at Hendon, the Netherlands Military Aviation Museum at Soesterberg, the Scottish Museum of Flight near Edinburgh, and he is a regular exhibitor at the Guild of Aviation Artists Annual show at the Mall Gallery in London.

In 1990 he completed his first large scale commission, a life size statue of Aviation pioneer, Captain E.E. ‘Ted ‘Fresson, for Inverness Airport.
After the first Gulf War and after consulting Tornado aircrew at RAF Cottesmore, he produced a life size bust of Gulf War veteran navigator, Flight Lieutenant ‘Robbie’ Stewart, Shortly after, Keith was invited to join the Guild of Aviation Artists, and the Stewart bust was exhibited in the Guild’s Desert Storm Exhibition at the RAF Museum who subsequently purchased the work.

He was elected to full membership of The Guild in 1995, and plays an active role in its activities, both regional and national, and is its liaison officer for The Netherlands. His first painting as a guild member was exhibited and sold at the Guild’s Annual Exhibition in the same year. His paintings, in oils and in gouache, reflect the same style as his sculptures, finely detailed and accurate work. Keith’s primary aim in all his work, whether painting or sculpture is to achieve maximum realism through painstaking attention to detail.

After the Guild’s 1997 Annual, he was presented with the Arthur Gibson Award for Aviation Painting of the Year by HRH Prince Andrew, The Duke of York. In July he completed a  life size bronze statue of Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, which was unveiled at Hatfield by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

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