Melissa Hartley

Represented Artist

Melissa Hartley

Represented Artist

Melissa Hartley is a self-taught artist, who studied graphic design and has been working for the last 16 years in publishing in Sydney and Edinburgh. In 2010 she decided to pick up the paint brush again and pursue her love of painting and hasn’t looked back.

Her compositions feature darkly poetic female portraits against undefined backgrounds, in a void or dream-like state. These mystical portraits of women, almost haunting in their beauty, are steeped in the natural world, each work contains an element of the supernaturally surreal.

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BIOGRAPHY

Melissa Hartley is a self-taught artist, who studied graphic design and has been working for the last 16 years in publishing in Sydney and Edinburgh. In 2010 she decided to pick up the paint brush again and pursue her love of painting.

Her compositions feature darkly poetic female portraits against undefined backgrounds, in a void or dream-like state. These mystical portraits of women, almost haunting in their beauty, are steeped in the natural world, each work contains an element of the supernaturally surreal. They are contradictions within themselves, brought to sensual life through surrealistic icons & symbols. Each subject is attractive, yet somehow disturbing.

These paradoxes play an important part in her work, the subtly strange, with an intermingling of the pretty and obscure, distant and elusive, but at the same time sensual and enticing. These females seem like they could be from another world.

EDUCATION

University of Western Sydney – Graduated 1993
Bachelor of Arts (Design) with Distinction   Major – Graphic Design/Illustration

EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Nocturnal Heartstrings, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 The Tarnished Age, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2015 Les Petite Fours, Friends of Leon Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2013 Phases de La Lune, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA

Group Exhibitions

2017 Small Works, BeinArt Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2017 Lover’s Eye, Modern Eden Art Gallery, San Francisco USA
2016 Kindred Souls & Spirit Animals, Alexi Era Gallery, Oregon USA
2016 Mission Blue, Haven Gallery, New York USA
2016 Tokens of Love, Copycat violence online show
2016 Happy, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2016 BeMused, Copycat Violence Art Collective, Penumbra Gallery, Loures PORTUGAL
2015 Wanderlust, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco USA
2015 Interiors, Copycat Violence Art Collective. Gristle Art Gallery, Brooklyn USA
2015 Les Petit Fours, beautiful.bizarre & Friends of Leon Gallery Invitational, Friends of Leon Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA
2015 Pain/ting, presented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin GERMANY
2015 Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, Archimedes Gallery, Oregon USA
2015 Myth, magic and lore, Bash Contemporary, San Francisco USA
2014 Thoughts on a grey day, Archimedes Gallery, Oregon USA
2014 Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle NSW AUSTRALIA
2014 Temple of the Soul: Bodies and Sacred Systems, Alexi Era Gallery, St Louis, Missouri USA
2014 Kulture Klash, Queen Mary, Long Beach, California USA
2014 Wilderness Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2014 On Beauty, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco USA
2014 Universe: the Art of Existence, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco USA
2014 Tarot Under Oath, Last Rites Gallery, New York USA
2013 Grand Opening, Alexi Era Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri USA
2013 Curiosities, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco USA
2013 The Art of Cirque Du Soleil, 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, at Sofitel Gold Coast, Gold Coast QLD AUSTRALIA
2013 The Language of Flowers, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco USA
2013 Venice, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco USA
2012 Vanishing Points, Auguste Clown Gallery, Melbourne VIC AUSTRALIA
2012 Small is Beautiful, Pyrmont Art Prize in association with Tap Gallery, Sydney NSW AUSTRALIA

PRESS/INTERVIEWS

2015 “Interiors” Group Show, Hi-Fructose Magazine and website
2015 “Interiors” Group Show, beautiful.bizarre Magazine
2015 “Virtuosos of Paint”, Out of Steps Books
2015 The Traveler Issue, Avari Magazine
2015 U on Sunday liftout, Sunday Mail April
2015 beautiful.bizarre Issue 8
2014 Tarot Under Oath, Art book
2014 beautiful.bizarre Issue 5, special edition, “INKED” Group feature
2014 Hi-Fructose, Online feature (Tarot Under Oath)
2013 beautiful.bizarre, Issue 1
2013 Pony Anarchy, Issue 10 – Interview
2013 The Flying Fruit Bowl – Online feature
2012 Nothing to Nobody, Issue 9 July-Sept, Interview
2012 la21f.com – Interview
2012 www.dumpjekunst.nl – Online feature
2012 Curvy  – Online feature
2012 Artist directory online Q&A

ACHIEVMENTS

2017 Finalist – North Sydney Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Gosford Art Prize
2016 Finalist – Northbridge Art Prize
2016 Finalist and People’s Choice Award – Kirribilli Art Prize
2014 Finalist – The Kilgour Art Prize

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