Approved: 24.06.2009

Madi Acharya-Baskerville


Approved: 24.06.2009

 My practice incorporates  painting, sculpture and installation using found objects and materials . I am interested is what already exists in our environment and can become a resourse rather than creating something from scratch.

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    Artist Statement

     My practice incorporates  painting, sculpture and installation using found objects and materials . I am interested is what already exists in our environment and can become a resourse rather than creating something from scratch.

          My paintings refer to a sense of loss, a nostalgia for lost origins but simultaneously hint at new beginnings, discovering new places some of which are within our imagination, being collaged from experiences rather than a product of stark reality. The found surface itself has a past, marked, textured, battered, worn out hence marking time whilst the irregular edges suggest a continuity beyond what can be viewed. 

        My  more sculptural work involves found objects and materials  juxtaposed with more natural forms such as large branches discovered in woodlands across the UK. I want to explore the tension between natural and synthetic materials, how they can co-exist and the resulting structures can come to resemble organic, sometimes alien yet recognizably human forms. Using beadwork and textiles, which originate from the South Asian Culture where I grew up, I continue to be fascinated by sparkling jewelry, decorative accessories and ornate textile patterns from childhood.

    Forthcoming Project:

    'In The Heart of the Place'  This is a collaboration with artist Trevor Burgess, which explores a fascination with creating images that are imbued with lived experiences of diffrent social spaces within the world we inhabit. 

    Due to COVID 19, plans for this project are altered and still under discussion.

    CV & Education

    QUALIFICATIONS :  MA Fine Art, Cardiff Institute, University of Wales, Cardiff


    2019 ‘I wish my hair was as long as yours’, Magdalen Art Space, Magdalen Road Studios

    2017 Absent Beach Vinyl Deptford, London

    2008 Memories from Home at Citygate, St Clements, Oxford 
                 (sponsored by Carter Jonas and Rectory Homes)


    2018  ‘Dancing with the corporeal’ with  Matthew Gould no format Gallery, Deptford, London with Artist Talk facilitated by Richard Dyer, (editor in chief, Third Text)


    2019 Weave It! , Stour Space, London, curated by Decorating Dissidence

    2019 Parallel Lines: Drawing and Sculpture, The Lightbox, Woking

    2019 by the way, Lewisham Art House, London

    2018 ‘and the value of nothing’, Studio 1:1 Gallery, London

    2018 Object, hARTslane, London

    2017 Material World, An International Perspective, SJE Arts, Oxford

    2017 Summer Salon, Angus Hughes Gallery, London

    2017 Between the Lines, Espacio Gallery, London

    2017 The Cellar, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes, London

    2016 Art on the Move/ Magdalen Road Studios, The Jam Factory, Oxford

    2016 Psychedelic Breakfast, Vinyl Deptford,  Deptford X Fringe, London

    2016  Summer Salon, Lubomirov/ Angus-Hughes, London  

    2016  Material World, Ancien Musee de Peinture, Grenoble

    2016  Dis locate, VW Showroom, Oxford, curated by Luis Manuel Araujo

    2016  Eves & Liliths, Espacio Gallery, London

    2015  Unravelling Time, The Abbey at Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire

    2015  Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition, Bond House Gallery, ASC Studios, London

    2015  Affordable Art Fair represented by Mint Art Gallery, Hampstead Heath, London

    2014  Affordable Art Fair represented by Mint Art Gallery, Battersea, London

    2014 'Alps and Spires' Museum of Oxford, Oxford

    2013 ‘Sanctuary Part 2’ Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London

    2013  L’Enchantement des Livres, La Maison de l’international , Grenoble, France

    2012 ‘Surfaces: Works on Paper’, Sput+nik Gallery, Porto, Portugal

    2011 ‘Immediate Territory’, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford (funded by ACE)

    2011 ‘Sanctuary, Part 1’ National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi

    2011  Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, London

    2009 ‘Frontiere’ exhibition selected by Art-in-Situ, Drome, France

    2007 Umfeld<->Inwelt, Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany

    2007  In-tent-city, ‘Refuge Tent’ at Cowely Road Carnival (ACE funded)

    2006  ‘Quest: The Artist as Pilgrim’, Ovada Gallery, Oxford,

    2004  ‘The Hero’, Installation with found boat and sound Oxford Water Festival

    2003  ‘All our cultures’, Oriel Myrddin Gallery,Wales


    2018 Objection, co-curated with Hayley Harrison, Angus Hughes Gallery, London

    2009  Jam: Cultural Congestions in Contemporary Asian Art, co-curator and artist  South Hill Park, Bracknell (ACE funded)


    2020 ‘This Year’s Model’ Studio 1:1 Gallery, London

    2019 Artcan Open, Trinity Art Gallery, London

    2018 Fe/Male, AIR Gallery, Manchester

    2017 The Human Stain, members show, Studio 1:1 Gallery, London

    2016  'Looking Up', Studio 1:! Gallery, London

    2016  RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London

    2015  Winner of Axisweb100

    2015 ' This Year's Model', Studio 1.1 Gallery, London (selected by studio 1:1 with Marcus Cope and Robin Seir)

    2012  Wells Art Contemporary, Wells and Mendip Museum, Wells, Somerset

    2012 ‘Unforeseen’, Studio 106 Art Gallery, London

    2008 Oxford Open Modern Art Oxford, Oxford

    2006  ‘Re-worked’, Washington Gallery, Cardiff,

    2006  ‘Flight’, Stroud House Gallery

    1999 Short-listed for BT New Contemporaries 


    2020 ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ participatory project commissioned by Modern Art Oxford as part of the public program for Kiki Smith exhibition, ‘I am a Wanderer’.

    2017 Oxford Festival for the Arts, commissioned to create wall based work for an Indian Tent (ACE Funded)

    2007-8  Grants for Arts Award for Residency and Exhibition (France and England) ‘Within Walls’ Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock, Oxfordshire (2008)  ‘Stories, Memories and Concepts’ at La Tour de Crest, France following residency (2007)

    2007  In-tent-city: Commissioned as lead artist by Fusion (Oxford’s community arts agency) to work with culturally diverse groups in Oxford to create installations involving a tent for June 2007 and September 2007

    2006  Mentoring Commission: to work alongside ‘Making Marks’ a partnership of Public artists for the East Oxford Health Centre sculpture commission 


    2011 Residency at ‘Sanctuary’, Neryi, Kenya

    2009 Gosford Hill School, Commissioned by [email protected], educational charity, Oxford

    2008 Eynsham Primary School, Commissioned by [email protected]

    2007 ‘Art-in-situ’ residency in Crest, The Drome, France, working in the medieval tower exploring the theme ‘Stories, Memories, Concepts’ (ACE Funded)


    I wish my hair was as long as yours, catalogue with  essay by Stephanie Straine, Curator of Projects and Exhibitions, Modern Art Oxford, 2019

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    by the way, Exhibition Catalogue, 2019

    Phantasms,road rage,feminism, Review of This Year’s Model, The Human Stain by James Brewer

    Summer Exhibition Illustrated 2016, Exhibition Catalogue

    Dis locate, Magdalen Road Studios, exhibition catalogue

    Alps and Spires, Exhibition Catalogue, April 2014

    'Sanctuary Part 2': Home, Away, Common Ground, Exhibition Catalogue, July 2013 

    'Sanctuary Part 1': Home, Away, Common Ground', Exhibition Catalogue, July 2011

    Immediate Territory, Exhibition Catalogue, November 2011

    Within Walls Exhibition Catalogue, March 2008

    Umfeld<->Inwelt, Exhibition Catalogue October 2007

    Artists at Work, feature article by Karen David, Elan, Spring 2007

    ‘Quest: Artist as Pilgrim’ March 2006 

    Review of the work of artist, Solveigh Goett at Ovada gallery, Oxford  (

    ‘Tracing the International’ Issue, Internationalism and Arts of Cross-Culture

    The Cutting Edge, vol 4, 2002