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Who Is Oddball?

Hey there! My name is Emma and I’ve been passionate about art & the act of creativity for as long as I can remember.

I'm a Canadian abstract artist currently based in Montréal, Canada.

In my art, I love the use of bright and bold colour palettes, squiggly and curvy lines, and repetitive symbols that emerge as I create (commonly eyes, numbers, and words). I like to explore the themes of the circularity of life, self-perception, identity, trauma, mental illness, womanhood, collective lived history, living in a troubling society, and the interconnections between all existing things and systems.

I'm always excited to start new projects, and I hope that you either engage with my art, or that we can work together creatively!

xoxo Emma

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The Oddball's Story

The Oddball began as a simple abstract symbol that I began drawing over and over because something about it captured me: a circle with a line through it. It felt simple but mysterious, and I was determined to attribute some meaning to it.

Years later, the Oddball, as it stands, has become a symbol that distills the essence of myself and my art; the circle representing the cycles of life, which I explore frequently in my art, and the abrupt lines running through it representing the unexpected and a break from the norm.

The Oddball philosophy is to break the rules, explore new mediums, and make mistakes.

The Oddball Gallery

A lil sneak peak mish mash of my work.

Glue #2, a custom painting commission.

Glue #2, a custom painting commission.

Glue #2, 2022. Acrylic on canvas. [Commission]

Coalesce, abstract wall art print

Coalesce, abstract wall art print

Coalesce, 2022. Markers on paper. Available in shop.

Soup, colourful abstract acrylic painting

Soup, colourful abstract acrylic painting

Soup, 2022. Acrylic on scrap plywood.

The Past Changes Too., colourful abstract acrylic painting

The Past Changes Too., colourful abstract acrylic painting

The Past Changes Too., 2020. Acrylic on wooden canvas.

I'm Here Now, cool abstract wall art mural

I'm Here Now, cool abstract wall art mural

I'm Here Now, 2020. Acrylic mural on drywall.

Target, colourful abstract wall art painting mural

Target, colourful abstract wall art painting mural

Target, 2022. Latex paint on drywall (mural).

Lobster Tote, cute canvas tote bags

Lobster Tote, cute canvas tote bags

Lobster Tote Block printed on canvas tote from hand-carved lino block.

Micro/Macro, colourful abstract acrylic painting wall art

Micro/Macro, colourful abstract acrylic painting wall art

Micro/Macro, 2022. Acrylic on canvas.

Scallop, black and white abstract drawing illustration

Scallop, black and white abstract drawing illustration

Scallop, 2022. Markers on paper.

Glue #1, colourful wall art custom painting

Glue #1, colourful wall art custom painting

Glue #1, 2022. Acrylic on canvas. Commission.

5 inch plant pot, handmade ceramics plant pot ceramic

5 inch plant pot, handmade ceramics plant pot ceramic

5.5" Plant Pot Collaboration with Valerie Daoust Ceramics. Available in shop

Statue #1, black and white film photography picture

Statue #1, black and white film photography picture

Statue #1, 2017. B&W Ilford film.

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Let's work together!

I'm a multi-disciplined artist, and I'd love to be your creative partner in any endeavour, whether it's custom abstract acrylic painting, event photography or photoshoots, high quality illustrations, and anything else your imagination desires.

The Canadian abstract artist behind Oddball Art & Design, Emma Maddock
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