Approved: 09.09.2016

Melanie Berman

Artist, Arts development worker, Curator, Event organiser

Approved: 09.09.2016

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.

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    Artist Statement

    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. 

    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.

     

     

    2008

    BA Hons Fine Art Painting UCA

    2013 

    Fairfax Gallery Tunbridge Wells

    Singapore Art fair

     

    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.

     

    2019 

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

     

    2020 

    Scottish Royal Academy Exhitbion