Portraits by Gayle Madeira Featured in the Award-Winning Film “Prayer to a Vengeful God”

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New York based artist Gayle Madeira received an important commission from filmmaker Dan Eberle to produce original artwork to be included in his recent award-winning independent film titled "Prayer to a Vengeful God"

Charcoal portrait of actress Jillaine Gill drawn by Gayle Madeira for the movie "Prayer to a Vengeful God" -film by Dan Eberle

Charcoal portrait of actress Jillaine Gill drawn by Gayle Madeira for the movie "Prayer to a Vengeful God" -film by Dan Eberle

New York based artist Gayle Madeira received an important commission from filmmaker Dan Eberle to produce original artwork to be included in his recent award-winning independent film titled "Prayer to a Vengeful God"

New York based artist Gayle Madeira received an important commission from filmmaker Dan Eberle to produce original artwork to be included in his recent award-winning independent film titled “Prayer to a Vengeful God.” Drawn from still photographs, Madeira created intimate black and white portraits of each of the eight main characters capturing the essence of the film roles portrayed in the artworks. Each image acts as a marker beginning a new chapter of the film. Madeira’s work is further integrated into the narrative through the female lead who plays an artist whose work is actually Madeira’s. In her stark portraits, Madeira conveys the drama depicted in the film, which explores the contrast between comfortable domestic existence and the dark world of drugs, violence and murder, perhaps suggesting the fine line between the two. As a result of the artist’s contribution to the film, Madeira has received several private commissions. Her most recent completed work is a portrait of New York financier Barbara Huduck commissioned as a gift from her husband.

An internationally recognized professional artist and dancer who grew up on a farm in Northern Virginia, Gayle Madeira explores her fascination with the physical body through both media. In the words of the artist: “I am obsessed with figures and giving them the most honest representation that I can in artistic form.” As a painter, she shows an exceptional attention to detail and applies techniques that distinguish her work. Her black and white charcoal portraits on gesso board, like those featured in the film possess both painterly and graphic qualities. In these highly detailed, to-scale, tightly cropped portraits, every hair and wrinkle is visible. From afar, it is possible to mistake the drawings for black and white photographs. Upon closer inspection, the lines and shading, the trace of the hand, becomes apparent. Madeira has been working in this particular medium since 2009. She is also known for her animal portraits in watercolor which she creates using a unique dry-brush technique. Madeira’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City and throughout the United States.

Gayle Madeira's website: http://www.gaylemadeira.com

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