Maisie Broadhead

‘The connection with art history enriches photography’s vocabulary, and it is a productive kind of retrospection for a practitioner like Maisie Broadhead, who borrows freely from past art … [Broadhead’s] photographic illusion is rich; each figure, each tint is sympathetically reimagined.’ (Hope Kingsley, Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present, London: National Gallery, 2012)

Maisie Broadhead re-interprets art historical images and genres, and is concerned with the exploration of illusion and the idea of ‘value.’ Broadhead’s exceptional eye for detail, quality and composition is conveyed through the making of complex set design, lavish costume, and theatrical direction to arrive at a final image. The viewer’s eye indulges in Broadhead’s re-presentation of rich, sumptuous fabrics, often with humorous contemporary embellishment. By using contemporary and historical elements, the images link the past and present by identifying enduring social and aesthetic narratives.

A graduate of the Royal College of London, Broadhead’s work has been exhibited in major museum shows including at the National Gallery, UK; Fitzwilliam Museum, UK; CaixaForum Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia; and Nationalmuseum, Sweden. In 2013, Broadhead won the Jerwood Makers Open and in 2015 she received a major grant from Arts Council England for a public commission at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK.