I think of my expressive and abstract paintings as found landscapes and as visual journeys. They evolve on the canvas and the focus of the painting gradually comes into view.

About the Artist

Melanie Max

Through her paintings, Melanie Max seeks to capture the elemental exchange between the sky, sea and earth. Living & painting on a narrowboat on the River Ouse affords Max a privileged position to witness the unique landscapes laid out by The Fens. Max focuses on the nature of light, especially the forms and gradients created by its interplay with water on the British coastline: reflecting off the sea, filtering through mist & clouds and driving through precipitation.

Her painting process takes form in various ways - sometimes through subtle vertical strips, which make their way across the canvas, one strip slightly offset from the next - to wide, sweeping and blended brushwork. Progressively more, Max delineates the meeting point of the earth and sky with a sharp, highlighted line, effectively dissecting the canvas at the horizon and introducing a focal point within the soft planes of colour. The atmospheric paintings entice the viewer into their calm & expansive ambience, even in the more dramatic paintings, where the turbulent water is rendered with an impasto technique.

Born and brought up in Cornwall and Devon respectively, Max graduated from the prestigious Chelsea School of Art, London. Her work has been exhibited nationally in the UK from Ely to the Isles of Scilly.

Biographies

Kate Dolan

Kate Dolan

Inspired by colours, forms and vistas found in the natural world, Kate Dolan is drawn to views of vast open spaces that occur both naturally and through the manipulation of man. Through her paintings, Dolan translates her emotional responses and experiences of the world. The loose spontaneity of brush strokes and gradually layered textures that she creates is sometimes interrupted with precise and determined forcefulness.
Fipé Gouge Merrall

Fipé Gouge Merrall

The monumental forms that Gouge-Merrall renders strike us as almost dream-like and metaphysical, their facial features obscured against the blocks and pools of colour that act as stages, props, and backdrops for each figure. The artist’s memories of moments and places inform the colours, textures and mood conveyed in each artwork, from bursts of bright colour reminiscent of her home city of Sydney to the forest greens and glacial blues that can be found in the landscapes of Sweden.
Jemma Day

Jemma Day

Using water-based oil paint, with wholly unique effect, Jemma Day paints directly onto wall-mounted canvases in her tranquil and light-filled studio overlooking the narrow Lanes of Brighton, usually working on multiple pieces simultaneously to maintain the momentum that creates such energetic paintings.