Melissa Hartley British, b. 1996
Melissa Hartley is a London based British artist focusing on 2D image making, recently graduating in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
Working primarily with paint, she initially interprets her surroundings with the use of photography. However, has always believed that painting is much more beautiful and sublime than a photograph could ever be. Melissa paints to portray an emotion through a visual sense, typically using colour as a means to control the energy and direct the eye. She distils geometric abstraction that explores the relationships between space, shape, colour and light. Whilst blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture, she describes her work as 'bold yet ethereal’.
2015-2019 Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art, with DPS Year
2014-2015 Leeds College of Art, Foundation Diploma
2020 Art on a Postcard Auction, International Women's Day
2020 The Menier Gallery - 'SHOW OFF!', London
2020 The Auxiliary - 'Slow Burn', Middlesbrough
2019 The Auction Collective X Motley - 'The Crossover', London
2019 Hix Art - 'Hix Award 2019', London
2019 Brownsword Hepworth - Summer Exhibiton: Vibrancy, London
2019 Trivadi X Curaty - Exhibition loan for 6 months, London
2019 Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London
2019 Interim Show - ‘Chorus’, Central Saint Martins, London
2018 Open Studios - ‘Tenants’, Central Saint Martins, London
2017 Rossopomodoro - ‘Pressed’ Group Exhibition, London
2016 The Clayton Arms - ‘Touch it’, London
Winner of The Slate residency, Thailand
Shortlisted for ACS Studio Prize 2019
Winner of People's Choice for The Hix Award 2019
2019 AucArt Lab Residency, London
March 2020 issue of The World of Interiors - Artistic Impressions
AN ECLECTIC EYE19 Nov - 18 Dec 2019Modern British & Contemporary Paintings, Tribal Art, and an exhibition of Sculpture, Small Paintings & Studies by Peter Seal.
VIBRANCY: A CELEBRATION OF COLOUR IN CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ART16 Jul - 23 Aug 2019Including work by: Stewart Geddes Daphne Gradidge Julia Atkinson Melissa Hartley Peter Lloyd-Jones Peter Seal Maria Wojdat