Title: Winter Criminal Term
Artist: Conroy Maddox (1912 – 2005)
Completion Date: 1963
Genre: Symbolic Painting
Location: Tate Gallery, London
Maddox is one of the most important figures in the history of British Surrealism. In the late 1930s he became a member of the British Surrealist Group and began to produce paintings drawing on his ‘dreams and obsessions and fears’. He wrote ‘this collage-painting was suggested by a number of events of a criminal nature… The works itself bears the form of bulletin board, and the design of the figure wearing the hats was, for instance, based on a photograph in a forgotten publication, of a murderer whose wardrobe contained some 300 hats’.