Images © Melanie Goemans 2016. All rights reserved.
July Open Studios
Melanie seeks incidental, overlooked forms in nature, the unstudied world that is in between everything else. Her work reflects experiences of the natural environment together with her emotional response. Through painting and printmaking she draws attention to things with no conventional value, marking them as important through the use of traditional materials, oil paint, gesso, gold leaf, etching.
‘I like looking at complicated patterns of line and drawing them with a very fine brush. The act of painting like this feels like stitching or weaving as slowly with each brush mark the work comes together. Over time I have realised that keeping things simple or paring them down can make a clearer statement.’ (Melanie Goemans)
‘At first glance, Melanie’s etchings and paintings appear as simple and sparse as the Fenland landscapes that inspire them. Yet, there is a fierce reverence in Melanie’s work that belies the humble subject matter … giving these fleeting moments status and value.’ (Lizzie Woodman, 2019)
Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens, spending time in Italy before studying master’s degrees in Florentine Renaissance art followed by Fine Art, Painting (BA and MA Courtauld Institute of Art; MA Cheltenham School of Art). After a series of residencies and teaching posts, she relocated from London to the Cambridgeshire fens and now works from her studio in central Ely. Over her career, Melanie has exhibited in group and solo shows across the UK including at the Jerwood Space, London; Bridgeman Gallery, London; Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; Florence Trust, London; Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester; Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon; Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance. Her work is held in corporate and private collections in the UK and overseas and has recently been selected for the National Open Art Competition; the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition; and the John Moores Painting Prize (second round).