Melanie Russell







Melanie Russell
Exhibition: ‘Objects of Desire’ 7th September-31st October 2012 & ‘Surfaces disturbances-part 2’ 11th December-22nd January 2013

Through painting, drawing, collage and construction Melanie’s current work develops an ongoing interest in visual perception where foregrounds and backgrounds hold an ambiguous relationship to create certain levels of flatness. By simplifying images into shapes, flat fields of colour and areas of mark making, an image is pushed towards the unrecognizable. Limited information is used to communicate scenes which are both simple and complicated bordering between representation and abstraction. Materials, shape and colour are pared down to a minimum.

Her subject matter is sourced from found objects and images chosen for shape, as well as the surrounding environment which is recorded through observational drawing and photography. Spaces and objects become ambiguous inviting the viewer to reassess familiar surroundings. The availability of this resource, shape, colour and negative space, is one that Melanie celebrates.

CV & Biog

2002 – 2004 – Slade School of Fine Art MFA
1997 – 2000 – University of Wales Institute, Cardiff BA (Hons) Fine Art
1996 – 1997 – Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education Foundation

Prizes, Scholarships and Awards
2011 – Open Painting Competition Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
2007 – Jerwood Contemporary Painters
2005 – Creekside Open, London
2004 – AHRB Award, Slade Project Award
2001. Kicking Off Fund, South West Arts Council

2010 – Artschooluk, Cell Project Space & Whitechapel Galley, London

2010 – Weymouth Hoardings Public Art Project, Dorset County Council

2012 – Artist in Residence, Construction Gallery, Tooting
2006 – 2007 – Artist in Residence, Marlborough

Solo Exhibitions
2007 & 2006 – Artist in Residence Mount House Gallery, Marlborough

Group Exhibitions
2012 – March Group Exhibition,Hada Contemporary, London
2011 – Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London
Open Painting Competition, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol
2007 -Jerwood Contemporary Painters, Jerwood Space, London, Bayart, Cardiff, The Lowry, Salford
Salon 07, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London
Martin Kippenburger with Fries & a Shake, plan 9, Spike Island, Bristol
2005 – 2D open, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

2008-2010 – Workshop Leader, Gloucestershire Archives
2008 – Workshop Leader, Museum in the Park, Stroud
2007 & 2008 – Tutor/ Course Leader, Marlborough College Summer School
2005 – 2006 – Associate Lecturer, Bedford College