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     


Group Exhibitions

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


Young Space Interview 2019:

March 2020 issue of The World of Interiors - Artistic Impressions

Art on a Postcard Auction: