Approved: 15.07.2014

Zanny Mellor

Artist

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Approved: 15.07.2014

Mellor’s painting practice is concerned with states of flux and impermanence. Recent expeditions to Patagonia and Iceland have furthered her research into spatial and temporal concerns in a comparison of geological and urban timeframes.

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  • Location: London
  • Artforms: Painting
  • Tags: afloat, floating, perception, action, motion, unstable, acrylic, painting, erasure, alumininium, paint, gesture, repetition, urban, mineral
 

Artist Statement

Mellor’s painting practice is concerned with states of flux and impermanence. Recent expeditions to Patagonia and Iceland have furthered her research into spatial and temporal concerns in a comparison of geological and urban timeframes.

Her process-led, abstract painting practice employs a tempered gestural language where fluidity is a defining material concern and the process of erasure has equal importance to the intuitive application of paint. This examines states of presence and remembrance by exploring a tension between control and chance.

Mellor draws an analogy between the materials she uses and natural processes of erosion and sedimentation in the landscape. Her comparison of speeds from gradual to instantaneous considers a personal pace within the context of organic and industrial action.

Minimal compositions emphasise a sensitivity to the passing moment, displaying a direct and binary visual language where a single action is used. This clearly demonstrates the physical act of painting and creates an anchored and embodied viewing experience.

In contrast, the repetitive and reductive actions used in more complex systems of mark-making, create an out-of-focus aesthetic intended to activate a viewer’s perception. This is also seen in the Blind Light series where the use of light as a medium was informed by shifting climatic conditions in Iceland. The physical removal of paint here, intends to challenge the fixity of a gesture, exploring a boundary between temporal and physical layering.

CV & Education

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014

/ Shortlisted for the 2014 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy.

/ Auction for Oceana curated by Stich Project, Philips, London.

/ Auction for The Black Fish, Wolfgang Webster Gallery, Stockport.

/ The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London.

2013

/ The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London.

/ Deutsche Bank’s Charities of the Year Art Auction, London

/ A Decade of Expression, Mount House Gallery, Marlborough, Wiltshire.

/ May Mix- Rohan Grey Fine Art, Gallery 27, Cork St, London.

2012

/ On Your Marks - Solo exhibition , Neville Johnson, London.

/ The Art of Sport, Belgravia Gallery, Albermarle Street, London.

/ Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House, Court Lane, London.

/ Art at The Bridge #3: Tower Bridge OPEN.

2011

/ Art London, Chelsea.

/ Bloomsbury Art Fair, London.

/ Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London.

2010

/ Art London, Chelsea.

/ Summer Show, Arthur Ackermann Ltd, London.

/ Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.

 

COMMISSIONS

Commissioned to create a large scale painting for the reception of City University, London, 2012.

Commissioned to create a large scale painting for the reception of The Hilton Docklands hotel, London, 2010.

Completed 15 privately commissioned artworks since 2010.

 

EDUCATION

2014/15 - Accepted to read MA Fine Art, City & Guilds of London Art School.

2009 - BA Hons Illustration, University of the West of England, Bristol.

2006 - Foundation Studies Art & Design, City College Brighton.

 

PUBLICATIONS

2014 - Dark Mountain 5, The Dark Mountain Project.

2011 - Images 35 - Association of Illustrators.

 

AWARDS

2008 - Bronze award in national final of ‘The Art of Nurture’ illustration competition.