Fine Art BA (Hons) and Fashion Design BA
Melanie Berman has plenty of designer credibility and elements to draw from as she was trained in two artistic genres Fashion design (BA) 1980 and consequently employment and then later a Fine Art BA Hons in 2008 painting. She now lives and works in East Sussex and has exhibited in Kent and East Sussex.
Berman's lush abstract Neo-Romantic paintings are based on nature. If the world is meant to be logical Berman appreciates chaos and stillness reflecting modern values and concerns present in our environments. Observation and information that passes her way invade her paintings. She mixes static shapes with fluid movement, whilst highlighting the sublime of the tiny things or happenings around her. 'An interruption of space, as natural rhythms can be periodic or irregular overtime’ she says,
Berman uses various processes of applying intuitive layer of paint to construct or deconstruct by scrapping or wiping away to reveal a texture or a smudge that she sees something organic to work with. The next stage is planned as the rest of the image is based around those original left marks. Flat shapes of stillness invade whilst the underlays have movement.
Berman adds to our sense of place, pride and cultural identity, by celebrating our Ancient forests and open spaces whilst still being aware of the fragile balances within our social eco world. Berman physical explores woodlands, listens to stories, legends and poetry which have a connection to the land.
The result is an exciting style of abstract painting that creates a new visual dialogue to engage with.
CV & Education
CV Melanie Berman 2017
Melanie has exhibited widely 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.
2000 - Landscape painting group exhibition Pantiles Tunbridge Wells
2003 - Solo Exhibition - EL Vitcolo Exhibition London
- Resident Artist at Hill View School Tonbridge Kent
2004 - BA (Hons) Canterbury UCA in painting Solo Exhibition Trinity Art Centre Tunbridge Wells Kent
2005 - Blue Moon Gallery Tunbridge Wells
2005 - Exhibition - Group Exhibition The Gables Mayfield
2006 - August Gallery - Benchley Kent - Artist in residence Hill View School
2007 - Blue Moon Gallery Tunbridge Wells Kent
2008 - Mayfield Gallery Summer Exhibition - Gained Fine Art BA Hons
2013 - Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells 2013 Singapore Art fair
2015 - Wing Gallery and Artloop Group Exhibition Islington London
2016 - Wing Gallery Wadhurst- St Annes Galleries -Lewis Affordable -Art Fair London- Wychwood Gallery -Gloucestershire. September Art Show - Pure Art Show October - Solo show Wing Gallery. Solo show The Gallery Tunbridge Wells One Warwick Park
2017- Wychwood Gallery, Wing Gallery, Solo show - Fith Element - The Gallery - Tunbridge Wells One Warwick Park - Artist talks Kent Art Eduacation.
2018 - Solo Exhibition 'The Gallery' at One Warwick Park Hotel Tunbridge Wells Kent