Approved: 09.09.2016

Melanie Berman

Artist, Arts development worker, Event organiser

Approved: 09.09.2016

My art practice draws on elements of my personal identity that are mixed with other cultural connections as well as looking at human connections to the natural world. By investigating how multiplicity in cultures are conducive to belonging to a place and to one another, land or property. Identity is explored through mixing tones of colour and forms through mainly painting. Paint can amplify the analogue to different cultures and form partnerships within the process to exterior or interior spaces. Pictorial structures and cultural objects and symbols are used to expand the discussion between an individuals historical past and social forces of today.

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    Artist Statement

    My art practice draws on elements of my personal identity that are mixed with other cultural connections as well as looking at human connections to the natural world. By investigating how multiplicity in cultures are conducive to belonging to a place and to one another, land or property. Identity is explored through mixing tones of colour and forms through mainly painting. Paint can amplify the analogue to different cultures and form partnerships within the process to exterior or interior spaces. Pictorial structures and cultural objects and symbols are used to expand the discussion between an individuals historical past and social forces of today.

    Within these real and imaginary spaces that are created, I try and captured and explain the fragility and instability, and yet at the same time, the durability and strengths of society. Cultural upheavals make abstractions emerges yet at the same time there is a closeness to the decorative aesthetic issue that arise. Elements from nature are used as metaphors to reflect human emotions which comes from researching stories and poetry and from pure observation. 

    There are forms of marrying an abstract, distinctly with an English landscape mingled with memories from another time and culture. I feel it taking in a larger picture yet looking at the smaller things as though searching for inclusion, and tranquillity. There are silences yet loud voices within my paintings and elements that make me want to reveal or conceal through a materiality process, of offering translucent layers or opaque surfaces. 

     

    Recently exhibited RA 2019 and RSA 2020 : Melanie Berman artwork is highlighted on the Royal Academy Calendar 2021 

    CV & Education

    CV Melanie Berman

     

    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. 

    1979

    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. Blue Moon Gallery

     

    2008

    BA Hons Fine Art Painting UCA

     

    2013 

    Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells

    Singapore Art fair 

    Solo Show Trinity Arts Center Tunbridge Wells 

     

    2015

    Wing GalleryWadhurst

    Artloop Group Exhibition Islington London

     

    2016 

    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

     

    2017

    Wychwood Gallery 

    Wing Gallery, Solo show - Element

    The GalleryTunbridge Wells One Warwick Park 

    Artist talks Kent Art Education. Envy Design Consultancy London

     

    2018 

    'The Gallery’ Solo Show Tunbridge Wells Kent Envy Designs Design work. Envy Design Consultancy London Commission work. Artist in Residence "The Gallery'.

     

    2019 

    Royal Academy Summer Exhibition - Rye Art Gallery - Artist in residence 'The Gallery’. SMC Design Consultancy London. 

     

    2020 

    Scottish Royal Academy Exhitbion, Exbition Barclays Bank East Sussex