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Maddock, Anny

Anny Maddock started drawing people when she was old enough to hold a pencil and was considered a child prodigy. She studied Fine Art at Cape Technical College. After qualifying she studied Fashion Design and then explored Textile Design. She worked in fields as diverse as journalism, tourism, antiques and restauranteuring.

At age 40 Anny settled in the picturesque village of Lady Grey and rediscovered her art and became the committed artist she is today. Because she specialised in commissioned portraits, there was not much time to produce her personal work, but what she did manage to send to galleries, were well received. She exhibits annually at the Grahamstown Festival with other Eastern Cape artists, but still maintained exclusivity through only working on commission.

During 2002 Anny Maddock decided to dedicate herself fulltime to painting. Her figurative pastel paintings of women, usually in introspective mood, reflect her own inner peace and empathy towards other people. She feels these are a metaphorical biography of her own spiritual journey and uses her beautiful daughter as model.

Anny's paintings are exhibited in selected galleries throughout SA and Namibia. Art connoisseurs appreciate Anny Maddock's formidable technical ability but everyone can be touched by the beauty and soulfulness of her work. A fellow artist commented: "Each of Anny's paintings is like a line of poetry."

Anny's paintings are considered a breath of fresh air on the SA art scene, and while connoisseurs appreciate her formidable technical ability, everyone can be touched by the beauty and poetry of her immaculately executed work.

Anny now lives with her beloved Africanis dogs, chickens, ducks and a lot of space.