Simone Melville is a landscape and abstract artist who works from her studio in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Her paintings are made with traditional materials, oil on primed wooden panels.
Her work has been exhibited in several Melbourne galleries including Cube 37 Gallery (Frankston Arts Centre), Brunswick Street Gallery, Incub8r & Linden New Art Gallery. She has been a finalist in numerous art shows in Victoria including Moonee Valley, Bendigo, Mansfield, Mornington & Twin Rivers Art Show. Her paintings are held in both business and private collections throughout Australia and the USA.
Oil on primed wood panels
‘Utopia’ is a collection of vast, expressive, landscapes and seascapes. The works emphasise the sublime beauty of nature and aim to establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver.
By emphasising aesthetics, the viewer is invited to explore the dynamics of landscape, blurring our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Exaggerated hues and expressive brushstrokes are used to create natural movement and a visual seduction. The works endeavour to convey emotions of calm, warmth and beauty, a glimpse into an ‘Utopia’ like existence. It is these emotions that link to the theme of ‘cosy’, as the paintings transport the viewer to a tranquil beach scene, where they can almost feel the warm sand between their toes. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion of memory is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
The paintings are made with traditional materials, oil on primed wooden panels. Oil paints give the pieces a rich luminosity and sheen, the blending of the colours on the smooth wood surface convey a dreamlike quality. Several pieces incorporate a textural component depicting the rugged dimensions of the land.
“With the dance of the brushstroke as it meets the surface, the paintings slowly come to life in fantasy and reality, an atmosphere of the imagination."
Oil on primed canvas available for purchase
If you'd like to make a purchase during your time at COZY. Please contact Simone at 0425739968