Fast on the Draw… Madeleine Meehan’s Mostly Musical Art

Madeleine Meehan’s Newest Series gets its inspiration from the Opening Movement of Jill Eathorne Bahr’s “Twisted Tango” 


 She is a conduit for all kinds of creativity, which resonates in oil aquarelle, mixed media and pen and ink.    Madeleine Meehan’s subject is music, musicians, and dance. In capturing their essence she strikes visual high notes of her own.    Audiences might find Meehan sitting in a front row at a variety of musical venues where she listens, watches and sketches.  Madeleine has captured the work of Charleston Ballet Theatre at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival for the past 12 years. In the span of a one hour performance, Meehan will sketch dozens of dancers dancing, as the fluidity of the her stroke emulates the dancers movment to fever pitch clarity. Audience members are often as equally enthralled watching Madeleine busy at her artform as they are experiencing the performance on stage.  

This year’s collection of CBT Dancing heralds some of her finest works.    Coined as “the Al Hirschfeld of the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festival”, Meehan’s caricatures are almost always drawings of pure line with simple black ink on white paper with little to no shading or crosshatching.  Her  drawings  manage to capture a likeness using the minimum number of lines. Though her caricatures often exaggerate and darken the faces of her subjects, she is often described as being a fundamentally “nicer” caricaturist than some of her contemporaries.  The passion present in  Twisted Tango. sent Meehan into a creative frenzy of splashes of vibrant color. Hence here  is a sampling of some of this season’s work

Cuban born Meehan, who maintains studios in St. Thomas and East Hampton New York, has exhibited internationally in more than 100 exhibitions and solo shows, and has collectors in the Caribbean, U.S. Europe and Australia. Classically trained in the major art academies and Ivy League educated.  Madeleine Meehan’s “gift” is reflectively imaging sound and music with line and color on paper, canvas, et al.


Madeleine Meehan exhibit, MostlyMusicArt has traveled the globe. From the Cuban- born artist’s Caribbean energy to Peking Opera, symphonic orchestras of London, New York, Spoleto USA, Minnesota, chamber music festivals, Irish fiddling, New Orleans and Istanbul blues and jazz. Her drawings have been  serially published in the New York Times, East Hampton (NY)  Star, Southampton (NY)  Press, Yeni Yuzyel (Turkey national daily newspaper), the ubiquitous Dan’s Papers, as well as Lincoln Center commemorative books, magazines, playbills and her own book, Golden Beaches, Crystal waters: An  American Paradise in Drawings by Madeleine Meehan (Honey Press, USVI).Madeleine Meehan Art has been exhibited in more than 100 solo and group shows throughout the Caribbean, United States, Europe and Turkey.  Madeleine Meehan Art Studios are located in East Hampton, NY and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

CBT considers being drawn by Madeleine Meehan an honor.  Thank you Madeleine.  For more information on Madeleine’s work send me an email.. and I will hook you up directly with her gallery and agent.   We can’t wait till next year! 



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