Melanie Berman is an abstract painter based in the South East of England. Her work is characterised by luscious use of colour and bold shapes set against a large brush marks forming multi layered landscapes.
Within this landscapes she explores connotations of home, identity, rural land and the personification of nature within painting. Drawing on the visible and an inner awareness she also uses historical, philosophical, poets and Indigenous practices she challenges 'western' notions of landscapes and instead emphasise how place, environment, body/mind/identity are mutually constituted.
Drawing on responses and the creative process - Working on wooden panel and canvas she uses soft tones which are interjected with bright bold opposing coloured shapes over the base layers. Hard edged coloured shapes of stillness contrast to the large flowing brush marks, which are used to form movement in the painting. The brush marks acknowledge man has altered and shaped the land over time, as if a ploughed field. The coloured opaque shapes lay on top are constructed piece by piece to form horizontal and vertical lines. They Shift through the axis of memories ruminating over the painting whilst she brings the shapes to form alternative future within her compositions. Her paintings use colour as a language to radiate and express voices unheard.
Melanie has shown at the Royal Academy London 2019 and the Royal Scottish Academy 2020.
Fashion design (BA) 1980 and consequently employment and then later a Fine Art BA Hons in 2008 painting.
CV & Education
CV Melanie Berman 2017
Melanie has exhibited in Kent and East Sussex. She now works and lives in East Sussex.
Berman builds a labyrinth of colour within her paintings, symbolising movement, growth, sound, thoughts and changes. Indicating continually shifting perspectives and humankind connections to the creative nature of the universe. Regenerating an awareness of spatial importance within ourselves.
Design Berkshire College of Art and Design BA Fashion Design 2.1
Awarded - The Glove Guild of Great Britain by the Lord Mayor of London
1979 - Worked for Zandra Rhodes
1980 - Liberty of London in house Exhibition ‘Fluid’
1990 - Studied Life Drawing under Phillip Mosley Continue to study for the next ten year the human form.
BA Hons Fine Art Painting UCA
Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells
Singapore Art fair
Artloop Group Exhibition Islington London
Wing Gallery Wadhurst
St Annes Galleries Affordable -Art Fair London
Wychwood Gallery Gloucestershire
September Art Show - Pure Art Show Battle
The Gallery Tunbridge Wells One Warwick Park
Wing Gallery, Solo show - Element
The GalleryTunbridge Wells One Warwick Park
Artist talks Kent Art Education. Envy Design Consultancy London
'The Gallery’ Solo Show Tunbridge Wells Kent Envy Designs Design work. Envy Design Consultancy London Commission work.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - Rye Art Gallery - Artist in residence 'The Gallery’. SMC Design Consultancy London.
Scottish Royal Academy Exhitbion