Lot 547 - Melanie Goemans - Free as the air (1)
Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens, spending time in Italy between studying Florentine Renaissance Art, then Fine Art (painting). After university in London, through residencies and teaching posts, she relocated to Gloucestershire, Devon, then back to London and now works from her studio in Cambridgeshire.
BA Hons. and MA History of Art - Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 1990-95.
MA Fine Art (Painting) - University of Gloucestershire, 1996-98.
2021: John Moores Painting Prize 2020, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
2020: ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, online
2016: 20th National Open Art Exhibition (NOA), Mercers’ Hall, London EC2V
2015: ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London SW1 (invited artist)
2007: Deep Inspiration, Jerwood Space. London SE1 (commended work)
Beaux Arts Bath, Cornwall Contemporary Penzance, and Eastwood Fine Art Hampshire
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
“Walking my dogs in the early morning I notice the small seasonal shifts. I think about the quiet beauty in the everyday, particularly in the natural commonplace things, rarely celebrated. My paintings are inspired by what I see around me: the form of a tree; the long lines of twining stems; the intricacies of birds in flight. Often I am reminded of a poem or a piece of music and revisit an idea resonating there. Before the layers of gesso, I draw in charcoal or acrylic and the subsequent gilding or linseed oil shine in contrast. I paint in oil from my photographs, tracing the lines loosely with a fine square ended brush, observing the tonal shifts, and the marks build up the complicated patterns of the whole. Using traditional materials, my work draws attention to these fleeting moments and underscores their value.” Melanie Goemans 2023
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