Melanie Miller

Blue Reflections 1200 x 1200

"Blue Reflections" 1200 x 1200

Memories of Santorini

"Memories of Santorini"

Plethora of Colours 2 7 x 2000 x 200

"Plethora of Colours" 7 x 2000 x 200

"Night Views in Monacco" 500x1820

30m

"Memories of Mykonos" 1200x1200

 

A soul born of Africa, now domiciled in Australia, together with use of vibrant colour, varied textures and mixed media juxtapose to present a unique talent, that is, Melanie Miller. In your face, powerful, abstract images encapsulate her fresh and unusual Afro – Australasian perspective of her environment. Melanie’s motivations are influenced by her youth, living on the shores of the Indian Ocean watching the African sun casting its long shadows using the ocean as a canvas. Influences and background are a large part of what makes Melanie’s work exceptional. It is the tapestry of Egypt in her mother, Russian in her father and a youth at one with sea and sky in Muizenberg Cape Town that is woven into her work. Melanie Miller is a South African born artist now living in Sydney. She studied at the Cape Town Technical College obtaining a diploma in Art. After some four years of painting on fabric Melanie decided that she wanted to change to the medium of canvas, where she felt immediately at home. She found that she was able to express herself more freely and creating expressionistic, colorful works of art, exploring the niche field of textures and three dimensional imagery, including interweaving of geometrical reflective shadows. By using bright colours, she has managed to highlight and explore chosen areas of the canvas keeping the balance in background mode, resulting in a vibrant abstract journey into her past or even present thinking. Her broad brush strokes using thickened textures, are influenced by her innermost sensuality, allowing her to push the window of opportunity of textures to its boundaries. Her colours are basically primary but worked onto the canvas in a unique manner creating vibrant 3-D imagery and finished in a powerful textured finish. In her latest works which she is exhibiting, she employs an amazing blend of reds and autumn colours resulting in a vividly graphic portrayal of the outback. Being an artist, one faces constant challenges of change and understanding, this is evident as the artist becomes more of an extension of the canvas. “I paint large pictures because not only is it grandiose, but I want to be intimate and human. To paint small pictures is to place oneself outside of one’s experience however, large pictures allow the artist to become part of that canvas. My perspective of capturing a scene changes as my work matures and, I will be viewing my subject scene artistically but with differing inspirations, through my various phases of life.”

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS


2010 • Solo Exhibition at Soho Gallery New York • Featured Artist at Oatley West Art & Craft Exhibition • Holy Family Lindfield • Little Treasures Exhibition Galleria de’ Marchi Bologna Italy • Art Melbourne 2010


2009 • St. Thomas Art Exhibition • Art Sydney 09 • Holy Family Lindfield • Seaview Gallery Victoria • Royal Easter Show Exhibition • Art Melbourne 09 • Aarwun Gallery Canberra • Royal Easter Show Sydney • Riverview Art Show • Oatley West Art & Craft Show


2008 • Art Melbourne 2008 • Balmain Art Exhibition • St. Thomas Art Exhibition • Boranup Gallery Margret River W.A • The Kings Art Exhibition • Moulton Art Gallery Mosman • Art Sydney 2008 • Art Brisbane 2008 • Riverview Art Show


2007 • Art Sydney 2007 • Art Melbourne 2007 • 27th Annual Holy Family Art Festival – Lindfield • Oakhill 36th Arts & Craft Exhibition Castle Hill • Moree Gallery NSW • Boranup Gallery Margret River W.A. • Aarwun Gallery Canberra ACT • Moulton Gallery Mosman NSW • The Spirit in Art – Estense Castle Ferrara Italy • Riverview Art Show • The Kings Art Exhibition • Balmain Art Exhibition • St. Thomas Art Exhibition - Willoughby


2006 • 26th Annual Holy Family Art Festival - Lindfield • Art Melbourne 2006 • Agora Gallery Soho New York • Art Sydney 2006 • Glen Streert Gallery • Approximately 6 further exhibitions


2005 • Aarwun Fine Art Gallery Canberra – duo exhibition with Geoff Dyer 2003 Archibald winner • Art Sydney • Balmain Art Exhibition • Global Gallery - Paddington • Melbourne Affordable Art • Touch of Mandela Gallery – The Rocks Sydney • St. Thomas Art Exhibition – Willoughby


2004 • Balmain Art Exhibition • Mary Place Gallery – Paddington Exhibition • Moulton Gallery Mona Vale- Exhibition • St. Thomas Art Exhibition – Willoughby • Sydney Affordable Art


2003 • Design Warehouse Gallery – Sydney


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