I am a painter with particular interests in what we may overlook, the familiar, the quotidian, the nostalgic. I am interested in beauty, I am not interested in the rotting down entropy in things but maybe the tipping point from beauty , something just off from perfection, that makes them real. A brown mark on a leaf next to a bright fresh one makes that fleeting newness more poignant.
“Melanie Miller’s Paintings work as powerful echoes of nostalgia. All of the works carry complexity reminiscent of herbaria fossil like findings. Although they contain simple, common place motives those paintings are , paradoxically dense and demanding to grasp. Through layers of paint and complex texture a sublime quality emerges. The nature we are confronted with is not the nature of the Grand canyon something so large it exceeds our ability to comprehend, yet there is a metaphysical suspense them. .” Wide Walls
Art gives the past a form saves it from disintegration and change.
Maidstone College of Art B.A hons Fine Art.
Wimbledon School of Art M.A in Painting.
Curated By Melanie Miller 27th June to 28th September 2018
Long and Ryle Gallery 4 John Islip street London S1P 1PXW. www.longandryle.com
Exhibiting artists: Juliette Losq, Anna Gardiner, Louise McClary, Melanie Miller,
Alice Oswald, Sue Williams A;court
Le Salon Vert. Geneva. Switzerland
“Natural History” Long and Ryle February 2014
“Close:Still” Millenium St Ives June 2011
”Moth Boy and Bees” Long and Ryle. London September 2010
“Small Truths” Millennium St Ives October 2009
“Particular” Hilton Young Penzance 2008
Recent exhibitions include:
Royal Academy Summer exhibition 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
‘The Discerning Eye’ Mall galleries, London 2002-2014, 2015,2016
Invited artist at the ‘Discerning Eye’ exhibition November 2011 Threadneedle Prize 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015,2016
Shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize 2009
“Beauty is the garden” Long and Ryle London 2016
‘Forgotten Landscapes’ Long and Ryle, London. 2009
‘Gallery Artists’ Millennium Gallery St Ives, Cornwall 2008-2012,
“Mixed show” Beaux Arts Bath 2010, 2011
Contemporary Perspectives 2012