Tamara Natalie Madden is a contemporary visual artist whose work explores freedom, nature, consciousness, and African ancestral influences of the black individual in the western world. Her primary focus is on spiritual and psychological aspects of black female consciousness and external perceptions.
With heavy influence from her native country, Jamaica, Madden draws on the islands strong historical connections to Africa through her explorations of lineage, strength and acceptance with the use of magnetic and colorful visual language. Jamaica — with its rich Akan, East Indian and Asian influences inspired Madden to fuse imagery (through mixed media) of the everyday individual with compelling visual narratives that speak to the most guarded aspect of an individual, their spirit.
Tamara Natalie Madden also draws significant influence from her own personal struggles with long-term health issues and organ donation. Madden’s art career began in 2001 after receiving a miraculous kidney transplant from her brother. Art became her lifeline during the times of her illness, so after receiving the transplant she dedicated her life to producing it.
Over the last decade Tamara developed a distinctive artistic style that has established her as a well-collected Afro-Caribbean artist. Her work has been featured in newspapers and magazines, including, but not limited to, the New York Times International, The Jamaican Gleaner, Art Galleries & Artists of the South, Heart & Soul and Upscale Magazine. Her work can also be found in many educational publications in South America, The Caribbean, and Europe.
Her pieces are in the permanent collection of prestigious universities, such as the Margaret Cuninggim Center, Women and Gender Studies Department and History Department of Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She is also in the permanent collection of Alverno College in Wisconsin, The Mother Kathryn Daniels Community Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA, and many personal collections of note, worldwide.
She’s exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions, and was a recipient of an individual grant from the Puffin Foundation for her project, “Never Forgotten”, which focused on combating poverty worldwide.