Lot 180 - Carl Melegari - Ava
Lot 180 - Carl Melegari - Ava

Lot 180 - Carl Melegari - Ava

Oil on Paper

Bristol native Carl Melegari paints in a dramatic and bold style, focused primarily on human heads. Melegari held a lecturing post at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for many years, having graduated from the institution with a BA Hons in fine art. Carl is of Italian heritage, but born and raised in the United Kingdom. The artist tends to title his paintings with unique names reflecting his ancestry, at the same time infusing a touch of mystery as to the sitter's true identity. Melegari's unique painting process is a consideration and exploration of paint and its various behaviours when mixed and applied in different ways. His practice also involves revisiting the same portrait time and again, in some instances years after his most recent adjustments. 


Artist Statement 


"I begin by applying an oil turpentine tonal wash to the figure. I apply various impasto layers of oil paints (I mix an alkyd medium with the oil to enable a better drying process) at times using a brush, but predominately palette knives. I occasionally scrape back layers only to reapply in the same area liberally, vigorously attacking the canvas. This is applied with bold applications of paint fused with thinned paint using either or sometimes a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. All this allows the paint to interact with my application. I will allow the drips to run in different directions. The drying process can take weeks and quite often I will rework into the painting by peeling away and reworking the layers. I'm basically exploring the physicality of the paint and how it reacts with the surface - applying the paint generously and allowing it to drip spontaneously too." 





Ffin y Parc Gallery - 10th anniversary exhibition. 

Thompson’s Galleries - London Art Fair/ Aldeburgh annual exhibition. 



Artzu - AAF Manchester. 

Clifton Contemporary - solo exhibition. 

Courcoux Contemporary - mixed exhibition in Salisbury. 

Edgar Modern AAFs in Battersea, Hampstead and Singapore. 
Hadfield Fine Art - Ascot Art Fair. 

Thompson’s Galleries - London Art Fair / Aldeburgh annual exhibition / 'Small wonders’ exhibition. 



Artzu - AAF Manchester. 

Edgar Modern AAFs in Battersea, Hampstead and New York. 
Hadfield Fine Art - Cambridge Art Fair / Autumn exhibition. 

Kooywood Gallery - solo exhibition. 

Thompson’s Galleries - London Art Fair / Aldeburgh annual exhibition / London Autumn exhibition.