A look at some of the images of Madeleine produced by various 'artists'
Anger at Maddie art shame, 14 December 2007
Published: 14 Dec 2007
A CRUEL artist is cashing in on missing Madeleine McCann by peddling pictures of her in a Spanish gallery.
Enrique Marty, 38, has five twisted paintings on show in Barcelona at £4,300 each.
They include the haunting image of Maddie clutching tennis balls, one of the last photos of the four-year-old.
But the Spaniard said: "This is a conceptual project, not an economic one.
"I don’t understand why people would find it offensive."
The McCanns' spokesman said: "This appears to be another disgusting attempt to make money out of their plight."
'Adagio for Madeleine' by Sam Hall
The painting above is:
"Adagio for Madeleine" H20ins x W 30ins. (51 cm x 76cm) Acryclic on 3D Box Canvas, framed.
Price: $2700 (£1250) Incribed on rear of canvas: "Dedicated to the memory of Madeleine McCann, who went missing
on 3rd May, 2007 at Praia da Luz, Portugal".
Madeleine stencils spotted on Pearse Street, Dublin
'Madeleine' by Pete Mason
Madeleine (100 x 100cm)
Pete created a portrait of missing four year old Madeleine McCann. He was aware
that he might face some criticism for his choice of subject but he hopes that it might contribute to helping find Madeleine
by bringing fresh attention to the hunt.
Artist’s controversial Madeleine McCann work, 29 January 2008
This article posted on January 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm.
A Staffordshire artist has started a controversial new project.
Pete Mason of Hednesford is creating a portrait of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann - out of postage stamps.
The artist is aware that he may face criticism for his choice of subject.
But he says he hopes it will help find Madeleine by bringing fresh attention to the hunt.
Video journalist Victoria Hoe went to meet the artist at his home and filmed his work.
(Express and Star link above contains a video clip)
Putting a stamp on Maddie, 10 February 2008
|Special delivery: Peter Mason finishes his postage stamp collage of Madeleine McCann
Putting a stamp on Maddie Metro
Sunday, February 10, 2008
A retired art teacher has created a picture of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann using postage stamps.
The 1m-high (3ft) collage took Peter Mason, 64, three weeks to make with more than 3,000 used stamps.
While some critics have accused him of cashing in on Madeleine's disappearance from a Portuguese holiday resort last
May he insists his work is aimed at keeping the hunt for her alive.
'When I heard the police in the Algarve were going stop looking it really hit home to me that we need to keep her in
the public eye as much as possible,' he said.
Veejay Langiae of Birmingham's Art Lounge said: 'I think there are fears this piece could be viewed as bad taste.
If Mr Mason sells it and donates the money to charity I can't see a problem with it.' Mr Mason of Hednesford, Staffordshire,
intends to exhibit the artwork later in the year.
Madeleine: One year on in Praia da Luz - prayers, collages and a bizarre mannequin of missing
girl, 03 May 2008
|Tribute: A mannequin with sun hat and characteristic eye marking to represent Madeleine
|Banners and collages stand outside Praia da Luz's Nossa Senhora da Luz church
Madeleine: One year on in Praia da Luz - prayers, collages and a bizarre mannequin of missing girl Daily Mail
at 16:27pm on 3rd May 2008
Banners featuring newspaper cuttings were set up next to the church in Praia da Luz
today – along with a bizarre mannequin of Madeleine McCann.
The tribute appeared ahead of a service at which relatives of
the young girl marked the first anniversary of her disappearance.
The adult-sized mannequin had a blonde wig and its right eye
was painted with the same distinctive mark as Madeleine.
was dressed in a white and blue tracksuit and wore a sun hat similar to the one worn by the child in some of the most famous
pictures of her on holiday in Portugal before her disappearance.
An explanation in Portuguese stated that the mannequin was a
representation of Madeleine - although – especially given its adult size - it looked more like her mother Kate.
The poster read: "It is very important to remember that you
cannot exist as an adult without having been a child.
"Return Madeleine please."
The banners were plastered with articles from Portuguese newspapers
and magazines that were favourable to the McCanns.
One section also included pictures of the young girl subtitled:
"Madeleine photographs from happy days."
banners were signed by a Brazilian woman called Josefa Maria dos Santos.
Ms Maria dos Santos, an artist, travelled from her home in Lisbon
to Praia da Luz early this morning.
Asked why she wanted to put up the tribute, she said: "All children
are special. All the world is interested in this case.
"Everybody wants her to come back, everybody is hoping."
She explained that a picture showing an angel with Jesus's face
holding a human heart was intended to represent love and hope.
Several passers-by stopped to read the banners and take pictures
One woman even posed for a photograph next to the mannequin.
An anonymous well-wisher left a bunch of yellow roses on the
wall outside apartment 5A in Praia da Luz's Ocean Club complex, where the McCanns were staying on May 3 last year when Madeleine
It had a message in Portuguese reading "Wherever you are, you
will never be forgotten" and ending in English "Lots of love".
security guard dressed in black stood at the entrance to the Ocean Club's reception, but there was little activity inside.
The Portuguese TV station SIC had erected a large platform overlooking
the tapas restaurant where the McCanns were dining with friends when their daughter disappeared.
But there were far fewer TV crews than at previous landmarks
in the search for the missing girl.
Pamela Fenn, the British expatriate who lives in the flat above
the McCanns' apartment, was seen on her balcony several times throughout the day.
Richard Branson's sister pays £22,000 for McCann painting, 18 May 2008
London Calling artnet
By Joe La Placa
Vanessa Branson bought Jose Maria Cano’s Renault Scenic, a encaustic painting of the iconic news photo
of the parents of kidnap victim Madeline McCann driving the eponymous vehicle, for £22,000. The purchase was a meaningful
one, considering Branson’s brother, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, generously donated £100,000 to
help the McCanns search for their missing daughter.
|Collector Vanessa Branson with Renault Scenic (2007) by Jose Maria Cano
Madeleine McCann by José-María Cano artnet (For sale)
|Madeleine McCann by Jose Maria Cano
||h: 84 x w:
64.5 in / h: 213.4 x w: 163.8 cm |
||Contact Gallery for Price |
*Prices subject to change
Madeleine McCann Graffiti Child Star..., 10 June 2008
It's one year on since missing child Madeleine McCann was snatched from
a holiday apartment in Portugal. Since then, there has hardly been a day that she hasn't been in a newspaper or on the TV.
Such has been the worldwide circulation of her photograph that her image has reached iconic status, tragically for all the
As we headed from one gig to another in South Dublin at the weekend, we happened by some plywood hoarding covered in
graffiti, and one striking image immediately stood out... It was the spray-painted face of missing child Madeleine McCann
with the words: "CHILD STAR" stenciled above it in black...
Initially repulsed, at first we thought it unnecessary and in very
bad taste considering the nature and sensitivity of the case. Then again, isn't all graffiti unnecessary and tasteless? But
there are some graffiti artists out there like Banksy who use the urban medium as canvas to express their Art and ultimately
make their statements.
Looking at this graffiti again, it could be interpreted that the 'Artist' in this case is making a controversial statement
about the nature of the media and using the face of Maddie to illustrate just how rapidly fame and stardom can be achieved.
Even if, as in Madeleine's case, it's completely for the wrong reasons... Wouldn't we all prefer if she'd remained totally
anonymous but remained in the protective arms of her family?
Whether his image of Madeleine McCann was painted in good or bad taste, or was to be considered as Art or just a rude
scrawl, the fact remains that this little child is still missing... Her familiar face has now reached millions of households
worldwide, due to the media, and become almost Warholian in iconic status. This IS a good thing irregardless of taste. All
it takes is one person to recognise her somewhere in the world and she could be home tomorrow...
Where's Maddie? Unknown date/artist
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Maddie triptych, Unknown date/artist
Maddie stunt fury, 22 January 2009
22 January 2009
A vile stunt in which a group of Hackney artists made pornographic artwork using images of Madeleine McCann has sparked
Decima Gallery, based in Smeed Road, said they pasted photographs of the missing four-year-old on to pornographic
magazines in an attempt to satirise her treatment at the hands of the media.
A spokesman for the McCann family said
the stunt distracted from the search for their daughter, who was three when she vanished from a family holiday in Portugal
Meg Hiller, the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, branded the stunt "sick and appalling."
said: "Hackney has a reputation as an artistic place with artists who do interesting and sometimes provocative work, but this
sort of thing doesn't do the reputation of Hackney any good."
Decima, which opened a gallery in Smeed Road, Hackney
Wick, last year, has carved out a reputation for staging provocative exhibitions and events.
The latest event was
hosted in Riverside Close, Lower Clapton, on Sunday afternoon.
A spokeswoman for the NSPCC told the Gazette: "This
is appalling and completely insensitive to the family of Madeleine McCann.
"Even allowing for artistic freedom there
is no excuse for encouraging people to indulge in something as distasteful as this."
Outrage as art event invites participants to 'Make your own Maddy McCann
porn', 22 January 2009
|Outrage as art event invites participants to 'Make your own Maddy McCann porn' Daily Mail
By ALEX MILLSON
Last updated at 10:39 AM on 22nd January 2009
A group of artists have provoked outrage by using images of missing four-year-old Madeleine McCann to make pornographic
An event held at an art gallery in Hackney, London, saw participants paste photographs of the missing four-year-old onto
Artists at the Decima Gallery claimed the stunt was a satirical look at the way the Madeleine case was treated by the
The event was part of an event at the weekend examining the pornography industry.
Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Madeleine's parents Gerry and Kate, said such acts could only hamper the hunt for their
daughter, who went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in May 2007.
He said: 'This sort of thing is a complete distraction from the search for Madeleine and Gerry and Kate will simply not
be dignifying it by commenting on it whatsoever.'
Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, branded the stunt 'sick and appalling'.
The Labour MP said: 'Hackney has a reputation as an artistic place with artists who do interesting and sometimes provocative
work, but this sort of thing doesn't do the reputation of Hackney any good.
'This goes beyond the bounds of that and is just sick and I don't see how anyone could think anything else.
|Installations at the Decima Gallery are often known to be thought-provoking
'Even allowing for artistic freedom there is no excuse for encouraging people to indulge in something as distasteful
Decima has carved out a reputation for staging provocative exhibitions and events.
The Madeleine stunt was part of an event held on Sunday, which organisers said was inspired by a recent news story that
the American pornography industry was struggling due to the global credit crunch.
'It's unbelievable and if it's not a spoof, which would be bad enough, then it's just appalling.'
A spokeswoman for the NSPCC said: 'This is appalling and completely insensitive to the family of Madeleine McCann.
Decima co-founder David West said he decided to host 'a delightful afternoon of hardcore porn', which was attended by
some 40 visitors.
The event included a screening of the notorious 1972 X-rated movie Deep Throat, and talks about the porn industry by
a variety of speakers.
A press release about the afternoon advertised one of the show's 'highlights' as an event entitled 'Make Your Own Maddy
Mr West said: 'They were decorating models with images of Madeleine McCann.
'They didn't see it in too bad taste.'
He added that it was an attempt was to satirise the way the media has represented the missing youngster.
'It was meant to be a way of showing how the tabloid press sensationalises the use of attractive females such as Kate
McCann in news stories,' added Mr West.
A Hackney police spokeswoman said they had not received any complaints about Sunday's event.
Artists stick pictures of Madeleine McCann on to pornographic models, 22
Artists stick pictures of Madeleine McCann on to pornographic models Telegraph
Artists who added the face of Madeleine McCann to pornography as part of an exhibition have been accused of "appalling"
By Alastair Jamieson
Last Updated: 11:44AM GMT 22 Jan 2009
Staff at the Decima Gallery in Hackney, east London, said they pasted pictures of the four-year-old on to models in magazines
in a bid to satirise her treatment at the hands of the media.
A spokesman for Maddie's distraught parents, Gerry and Kate, said the exhibition only hampered the hunt for their daughter.
Madeleine was three when she vanished from a family holiday in Portugal in May 2007.
A spokeswoman for the NSPCC said: "This is appalling and completely insensitive to the family of Madeleine McCann. "Even
allowing for artistic freedom there is no excuse for encouraging people to indulge in something as distasteful as this."
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: "This sort of thing is a complete distraction from the search for Madeleine
and Gerry and Kate will simply not be dignifying it by commenting on it whatsoever."
Decima has a long history of similar events, including an art sale in 1998 in which an artist performed sexual favours
as part of the purchase price of paintings.
Gallery co-founder David West said he was inspired by a news story about the American porn industry facing financial
difficulty and decided to host "a delightful afternoon of hardcore porn".
The event, attended by about 40 people, included talks about the porn industry by a variety of speakers.
One of the features advertised in a press release was an event called 'Make Your Own Maddy McCann Porn.'
Mr West said: "They were decorating models with images of Madeleine McCann. They didn't see it in too bad taste. It was
meant to be a way of showing how the tabloid press sensationalise the use of attractive females such as Kate McCann in news
Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, described the exhibition as "sick and appalling".
The Labour MP said: "Hackney has a reputation as an artistic place with artists who do interesting and sometimes provocative
work, but this sort of thing doesn't do the reputation of Hackney any good.
"This goes beyond the bounds of that and is just sick and I don't see how anyone could think anything else.
"It's unbelievable and if it's not a spoof, which would be bad enough, then it's just appalling."
A police spokeswoman said no complaints had been received about the event.
Fury as Madeleine McCann images used in porn art display, 23
By Richard Down
Jan 23 2009
THE family of Madeleine McCann last night spoke of the "untold harm" done by an art gallery which pasted the missing
youngster's face on to pornographic magazine models as part of a "satirical" exhibition.
Brian Healy, Madeleine's grandfather, told the Daily Post that the London gallery at the centre of the scandal had no
idea how much it had hurt his daughter Kate and husband Gerry.
Speaking from his Mossley Hill home, Mr Healy said: "They don't appreciate what this does to Kate and Gerry. It's totally
"We will try to ignore this but we've got enough to do finding Madeleine."
The Decima Gallery in Hackney was last night condemned by MPs and the NSPCC. But David West, co founder of Decima, refused
to apologise for the event that he promoted with a release entitled: Make Your Own Maddy McCann Porn.
The missing toddler's image was carefully cut out and stuck on top of models in sexually explicit poses, Mr West admitted.
The Hackney gallery also ran video porn and explicit magazines were strewn throughout the exhibition space.
Mr West said: "It was quite successful. The images were quite well done.
"I still think we were making a valid point. Her image as a pretty young girl has almost been pornographised in the national
"We were making the point that we're disgusted by the way the family have been treated.
"We may have upset the people along the way that we were trying to support.
"But I don't think we've done anything illegal and it all went off without any problems."
However, the sense of outrage and disbelief following last Sunday's one-off event has been widespread.
McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell attempted to maintain some distance from the affair.
Mr Mitchell said: "This sort of thing is a complete distraction from the search for Madeleine and Gerry and Kate will
simply not be dignifying it by commenting on it whatsoever."
The event follows the actions of Tory activist Matthew Lewis, who dressed up as the five-year-old for a New Year's party.
He later apologised unreservedly for being "offensive almost beyond belief" in making fun of the McCann's agony.
A source close to the family said Decima's actions were massively offensive and a complete disgrace.
The fury has spread into the political arena.
The MP representing the east London constituency where Decima operates, Meg Hillier, has described the event concept
as "sick and appalling".
The Labour MP said: "Hackney has a reputation as an artistic place with artists who do interesting and sometimes provocative
work but this steps well over any mark. I can't see what they were doing. It is just sick.
"I do feel for the McCann family because every time their daughter is brought up they have to relive the ordeal again."
Meanwhile a spokeswoman for the NSPCC said: "This is appalling and completely insensitive to the family of Madeleine
"Even allowing for artistic freedom there is no excuse for encouraging people to indulge in something as distasteful
Police have not received any complaints from those attending the event.
Madeleine was nearly four when she disappeared from the McCanns' Portuguese holiday apartment 20 months ago and remains
Maddie Art Stunt Slammed, 05 February 2009
05 February 2009
Church leaders have united in condemnation of the artists behind the "vile" Madeleine McCann porn stunt.
Gallery, based in Smeed Road, Hackney Wick, sparked outrage last month when they invited visitors to paste images of the missing
toddler onto pornographic magazines.
Now a group of senior church figures, the borough deans of Hackney, has joined
the chorus of criticism.
In a joint letter to the Gazette, they wrote: "There is an urgent need in our society to recover
awareness of a shared and agreed moral code. This does not help that by the exhibiting of "hard-core pornography" under the
cover of "art", which discredits art itself and artists in Hackney."
Decima, which moved to the borough last year,
has carved out a reputation for staging provocative exhibitions and events.
The Gazette revealed last month how the
gallery hosted a "delightful afternoon of 'hardcore porn,' inspired by the financial crisis in the American adult entertainment
About 40 visitors watched the infamous 1972 pornographic film, Deep Throat, and took part in discussions
about the porn industry.
However, it was the images of Madeleine McCann that provoked widespread condemnation from
children's charities and politicians.
The artists behind the stunt have continued to defend themselves in the face
of universal condemnation.
Rather than apologise for its actions, Decima has continued to defend the stunt and says
it hopes it has provoked "sensible debate" about the media's coverage of the Madeleine story.
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