Madeleine Meehan-"in performance with" Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra

Madeleine Meehan’s MostlyMusicArt, like music, states themes, vibrating from point to counter point, striking chords and stroking innuendos, moving lyrically and emphatically. Noted for her energetic output on paper and canvas, Madeleine’s artwork quickly captures the energy of the performers. She recently exhibited at St. Croix’s Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts during the Frederiksted Jazz Festival.

For the past year, the Virgin Islands painter has been “playing” with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, from the Reichhold stage to ongoing concerts at Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan where she is planning an exhibition in conjunction with the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. She “performs” her art during rehearsals and, discreetly, during performances with the symphony.

Often drawn to music as inspiration for her graphic story, Madeleine can frequently be found throughout the Virgin Islands drawing what she hears. From the territory’s diverse musical venues featuring quelbe, steel pan, and jazz, to the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, el al, to the most recent liaison with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Madeleine Meehan’s pen and color echo the rhythms and themes of compositions.

“It’s an honor to be invited to sit in on rehearsals and attend performances of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and its new world-class conductor, Maximiano Valdés” says the artist, “I see the painterly process like composing music- colors, tones, and textures”. And like music her work is audible, full of energy and laced in melody.

The Cuban-born visual artist is classically trained in fine art with immediacy and verve. Madeleine’s work has appeared in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions, orchestra and music magazines, and the New York Times with her signature style reflecting the creative energy of musicians, dancers, and performers in concert.

The MostlyMusicArtist grew up drawing in the sand on beaches around Havana and hearing to music with her musician father. She attended the “Fame”-famed High School of Music and Art in New York, earned a BFA from Cornell University, and pursued graduate studies at Columbia, NYU. She is a life member of the Art Students League of New York.

Her major influences come from the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Honoré Daumier, and J.M.W. Turner whose billowing sails in the Battle of Waterloo are treated in line and color, hue and intensity like the forms and figures of Madeleine’s musicians.

When Madeleine is not drawing at a performance or rehearsal, in ultimate synch with the music, you can find her working in her Mafolie studio overlooking the Charlotte Amalie harbor.

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