strangers – Madelyn Olson

Mad Swirl is proud to once again feature the colorfully disturbing and beautiful works of our Visual Editor, Madelyn Olson. If the name is familiar maybe it’s because you’ve seen Madelyn’s name from her editorial comments right here in this very land of the Mad Gallery. Others might know her as the emerging and prolific artist. As for me, I know her as my daughter, my friend, my inspiration. Please indulge me for a moment while I brag on my kiddo because that’s what papa’s like me do!

From her first strokes of crayon purposefully drawn outside the lines of her coloring books all those years ago, it was plain to see Madelyn’s divine artistic shine. Today, we still find her creeping outside the lines except now those lines she purposely crosses sit somewheres between angelic and depraved. Her cast of diverse characters, with swimming glimmering eyes and twisted limbs disjointed and amputated, carry a message that cannot be denied. Madelyn’s portraits unapologetically express the rawness of a reality that’s on a twisted parallel of our own. What some of these quixotic subjects have to say may not be what you want to hear but you just cannot help yourself from wanting to eavesdrop.

But don’t take my biased word about Madelyn’s works. After all, I’m her papa and we’ve been known to brag on our kiddos. Go have a peek for yourself and tell me I’m not spot-on with my review of Madelyn Olson’s latest canvases. Go on now, I dare ya ~ Johnny Olson

Resident Artists

brett "ba" ardoin

brett "ba" ardoin

mixed-media
gerard bendiks

gerard bendiks

photography
mike fiorito

mike fiorito

mixed-media
Allen Forrest

Allen Forrest

Painting
suza kanon

suza kanon

collage
r. keith

r. keith

mixed-media
paula lietz

paula lietz

collage/photography
rosie lindsey

rosie lindsey

photography
Jennifer Lothrigel

Jennifer Lothrigel

photography
julie luke

julie luke

painting
tyler malone

tyler malone

photography
jon marquette

jon marquette

painting
toni martin

toni martin

painting
jack miller

jack miller

painting
toby oggenfuss

toby oggenfuss

photography
johnny olson

johnny olson

painting | illustration
madelyn olson

madelyn olson

painting | illustration
norman olson

norman olson

illustration
jimmy ovadia

jimmy ovadia

painting
Fabrice Poussin

Fabrice Poussin

photography
David Ross

David Ross

illustration
Aniruddha Sastikar

Aniruddha Sastikar

photography
gm spear

gm spear

painting
Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylor

Photography
david j. thompson

david j. thompson

mixed-media
Bill Wolak

Bill Wolak

illustration
sheri l. wright

sheri l. wright

photography
william zuback

william zuback

photography