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Conroy Maddox (1912-2005)

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It was a few months ago that i sold a book on Conroy Maddox and the next day i started to look into his career. This was because galerie d”eendt published the book and i ahve always admired the program by d’Eendt.

Conroy Maddox  was an English surrealist painter, collagist, writer and lecturer; and a key figure in the Birmingham Surrealist movement.

He was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire, and discovered surrealism in 1935, spending the rest of his life exploring its potential through his paintings, collages, photographs, objects and texts. Inspired by artists such as Max Ernst, Oscar Domínguez and Salvador Dalí, he rejected academic painting in favour of techniques that expressed the surrealistic spirit of rebellion. Maddox officially joined the British Surrealist Group in 1938.

His creations soon began not only to challenge the conventional view of reality, but also to push pictorial expression to the limits of consciousness. He was even implicated in both scandal and controversy when, during World War II, Scotland Yard suspected him of fifth columnist sabotage and mounted a surprise raid to seize works thought to contain coded messages to the enemy.

Following the war he moved to Balsall Heath and began his most active period. In 1948, he married Nan Burton. They had a daughter and a son together, but had the marriage dissolved in 1955. He died in London, aged 92.

The one copy of the d’Eendt catalogue that remains is now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Mario Molinari (1930-2001)

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Lifelike figures with abstract element. This is is how Mario Molinari presented his art at galerie d’Eendt in 1964. Later he became known for his colorful constructivist sculptures which can be seen at the Fondazione in Torino, but the start was more realistic. Clearly influenced by African art his sculptures do not look modern.

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An in teresting period and a catalogue which is hard to find ( available at http://www.ftn-books.com). Next time when near Torino start looking for these colorful sculptures. They are not to be missed.

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