Mad Swirl is proud to once again feature the colorfully disturbing and beautiful works of Madelyn Olson. If the name is familiar maybe it’s because you’ve seen Madelyn’s name from her visual editorial comments right here in this very land of the Mad Gallery. Others might know her as the prolific artist who is dazzling the world with her canvases & books. As for me, I know her as my daughter, my friend, my inspiration. Once again, please indulge me while I brag on my kiddo because that’s what papa’s like me do!
This time around we find a new cast of Madelyn’s diverse characters but her signature style is very apparent: swimming glimmering eyes, twisting limbs disjointed and amputated, carrying messages beneath the surface 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 opening your eyes ears.
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 O