Approved: 09.09.2016

Melanie Berman

Artist

Approved: 09.09.2016

My recent abstractions are a means of exploring the world around me. Observations, realised through sketches, notes, and jottings are collated as trigger points, to spark something new and unexpected. I begin by translating these impulses into cut-out shapes or patterns, and this has become an integral foundation in the formation of my visual language. It is a means of jogging my memory and taking me back to a moment in time. It has become an indispensable working rhythm, a way to allow latent thoughts and ideas to surface. My work is a base for questioning, and a way to interrogate the things I find myself drawn to. 

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    Artist Statement

    My recent abstractions are a means of exploring the world around me. Observations, realised through sketches, notes, and jottings are collated as trigger points, to spark something new and unexpected. I begin by translating these impulses into cut-out shapes or patterns, and this has become an integral foundation in the formation of my visual language. It is a means of jogging my memory and taking me back to a moment in time. It has become an indispensable working rhythm, a way to allow latent thoughts and ideas to surface. My work is a base for questioning, and a way to interrogate the things I find myself drawn to. 

    My paintings play with the flatness of surface versus the medium, the perfect and imperfect. On first look, the viewer contemplates cohesive colour, and space, but on closer inspection, an underlying naivety comes to the surface, something which has become a crucial signifier of my method. At all times, I recognise my artistic journey, and embrace fallibility to offer new unanticipated perspectives. I see this as a Yin and Yang, a negative and positive, precision and accident as complementary energies. This relates deeply to the aforementioned life lived, intensities that shape existence. My painting fills the gaps between, and these gaps are the reason I paint. My observations find their battlefield, abstractions which are not just about materiality, but also representation. They are both heavy and light, still or active, representing transitional moments or positions. In this way, I think they find their own identities, and once out in the world, it is up to the paintings to find their path.

     

    In another recent impulse, I have explored the iconography of outdoor entertainment, charting the thrills, spills and faded glamour of the circus, fun-fair, and sea-side pier. Again, these works are linked to my memories, of jeopardy, excitement, freedom, and discovery. My resulting works are about being caught in the moment, the adventure of risk-taking. Again, this focus relates deeply to the transitional, and I am inspired by surfaces that are marked by movement and displacement. For example, the painted structures of the travelling show, scuffed in transit, building-up an organic painterly history. Again, these are places of mixed emotions, happiness and belonging, pain and displacement, but also of the insider and outsider. In many respects, the paintings explore acts of showmanship,

     Recently exhibited RA 2019 and RSA 2020 RSA 2021 : Melanie Berman artwork is highlighted on the Royal Academy Calendar 2021 she lives in East Sussex United Kindom. 

    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