Mellissa Read-Devine

Represented Artist


ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Mellissa was born in England in the 1960s and as a child emigrated to Australia with her family. She has studied & practised printmaking and painting continuously for the past 16 years and is a recipient of many prizes and awards. Her Artwork is part of many private and public collections around the world.
Living in rural Sydney overlooking the Hawkesbury River, Mellissa’s work ranges between vibrant interpretations of her local landscape to intricate wood & linocuts. Her combination of quirkiness and calm blend to create works with a strong spiritual base.

“It is easy to be captivated by the powerful immediacy and extraordinary colour emerging from Mellissa’s paintings on a purely aesthetic level. They are visually spectacular and invite the viewer to search for further harmony and empathy with the natural landscape. She brings the natural landscape and birds of Australia to life with her original, spontaneous and vibrant paintings..” Robyn Williams, Purple Noon Gallery NSW

EXHIBITIONS

2017 Duet Dolce II (with Julie Summons), Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain NSW

2017 Combined Art Societies Annual Art of Sydney Awards Exhibition “Art of Sydney”, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney NSW

2016 Duet Dolce (with Julie Simmons), Depot Gallery, Waterloo NSW

2016 St Thomas Art & Craft Show, St Thomas School 2 Horsley Avenue, Willoughby
2016 Parrmatta  Foundation Art Awards & Exhibit, Parramatta Town Hall, NSW

2016 A Spring Affair, Macquarie Towns Arts Society, Yarramundi NSW
2016 HAPPY Group Exhibition, 19 KAREN, Gold Coast, QLD
2015 The Kangaroos Visit Rome, Galleria Giulia, Rome ITALY
2015 From the Knife’s Edge, Sassafras Creek Gallery, Kurrajong NSW
2015 A Brush With Japan Group Show, Gosford Regional Gallery, Gosford NSW
2015 Abstract Express Group Show, Wisemans Ferry Central, Wisemans Ferry NSW
2015 Annual Springwood Art Show – Group Show, Springwood High School, Blue Mountains NSW
2015 Mergence with Penelope Oates, Gaffa, Sydney NSW
2015 Identify, Cypher Gallery, Marrickville NSW
2014 A Tribute to Michael Jackson’s 10 Best Film Clips – Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
2014 Art Society of Sydney Annual Exhibition
2014 EMSLA – Eutick Memorial Still Life Award & Exhibtion – aquisitive painting prize
2014 Waterbrook Art Exhibition
2014 Tarot Under Oath, group show. Last Rites Gallery, New York, USA
2013 Grand Opening, Group Show. Alexi Era Gallery, Saint Louis, USA
2013 Sanctuary, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast, QLD
2013 Treesong, Solo Show, Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain, NSW
2013 Under A Grand, Rex Livingston Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2012 Art Melbourne
2012 Group “Equine”, Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach
2012 Camberwell Art Show
2011 Festival of Fishers Ghost, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2011 Northbridge Art Prize (Highly Commended)
2011 Solo – “Arboressence” Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach NSW
2011 Art Melbourne 2011
2011 Camberwell Art Show
2011 Group – “Triptych” Washhouse Gallery Rozelle
2011 Elemental Matters: Artists Imagine Chemistry, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Solo – “Looking for the Forest” Washhouse Gallery Rozelle
2010 Camberwell Art Show
2010 Northbridge Art Prize
2010 Centro Cultural Arquitectura of the School of Arquitecture of Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Léon México
2009 Festival of Fishers Ghost, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2009 Grabados Por La Paz (Prints for Peace) Monterrey, Mexico
2009 Compact Prints -KickArts Contemporary Arts Gallery, Cairns
2009 “A Dog of a Show” Megalo Printmakers, ACT
2009 Camberwell Art Show
2009 “Wax, Paint & Print” Ferry Artists Gallery, Wisemans Ferry
2009 Compact Prints – Studio Paradiso, Sandon VIC
2009 International Printmaking Collective org by Arte/Desarrollo Humano in Monterrey NL México
2008 Canterbury Tales, Harper Community College, Palatine, Illinois,USA
2008 Festival of Fishers Ghost, Campbelltown Arts Centre
2008 Umbrella Studio, Townsville “Compact Prints”
2008 Hawkesbury Printmakers, Windsor NSW
2008 Solo “Allegory & Observation” St.Albans Gallery
2008 Camberwell Art Show
2008 Waverley Art Prize
2007 Dedalo Gallery Italy
2007 Cancer Council Victoria Touring Exhibition
2007 Int. Mail Art Exhib. The Arts Council of Greater New Haven Small Space Gallery USA
2007 Christian Art Award Finalist, Redeemer Lutheran College, Rochedale, QLD
2007 Solo Exhibition Gallery Café, Surry Hills Sydney
2007 EMSLA Finalist Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
2006 Boyd Art Gallery, Harrington Park, NSW (CASS Exhibition)
2006 Wagga Wagga Art Gallery: “Recent Acquisitions:Photos & Prints”
2006 Australian Society of Miniature Art QLD Noosa Art Gallery
2006 Australian Society of Miniature Art NSW Willoughby
2006 Post It Exhibition, Atkinson Gallery, Southport, UK
2006 Compact Prints, Umbrella Studio, Townsville
2005 Combined Art Societies Sydney, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW
2005 “It’s a Small World”, Noosa, QLD
2005 Australian Society of Miniature Art NSW Willoughby
2004 Australian Society of Miniature Art NSW Willoughby
2004 Miniare: International Mini Print Exhibition Manly Art Gallery NSW
2002 ‘Blueprints II’ Katoomba NSW
2002 Australian Society of Miniature Art (Tas), Burnie Art Gallery TAS
2002 “Text Messages”, Edinburgh Scotland
2002 Miniature Print Biennale, Montreal, Canada
2002 “Compact Prints”, Umbrella Studio, Townsville QLD

ACHIEVEMENTS

2016 Winner – Best In Show – Hunter Valley Grammar School Art Prize for ‘Puparazzi’
2016 1st prize in the Still Life Section, Sydney Royal Easter Show with ‘The Collection’
2015 Winner in Parramatta Art Awards – Acrylic Section with ‘Territory”
2015 Finalist in Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour with “The Collection”
2015 Finalist in Fishers Ghost Art Award, (Open) Campbelltown, with “Cicada Landscape”
2014 Finalist in Paddington Art Prize
2014 Finalist in Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize
2013 Finalist in Lethbridge 10000 Art Prize
2013 1st Prize (Portraits) Drummonyne Art Exhibition
2013 1st Prize Royal Canberra Show
2013 Accepted into the Royal Art Society of NSW
2012 Finalist in Norvill Art Prize
2012 Finalist Mount Erye Art Prize
2012 1st Prize Camden Art Prize
2012 3rd Prize Royal Easter Show
2012 1st Prize Port Stephens
2011 Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, Coffs Harbour
2011 Finalist (Highly Commended) Northbridge Art Prize
2011 Finalist Prometheus Visual Arts Award
2011 Finalist Westmead Art Prize
2010 Finalist Norvill Art Prize, Redland Art Awards
2008 1st Prize Port Macquarie
2007 Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, Coffs Harbour
2007 Finalist Redeemer Lutheran College Foundation Christian Art Award
2007 Finalist (Highly Commended) Cancer Council Vic Arts Awards
2007 1st Prize & Highly Commended Sydney Royal Easter Show
2007 1st & 2nd Prize Royal Canberra Show
2004 3rd Prize Sydney Royal Easter Show
2001 ‘Wetlands & Feathers’ with Patricia Devine, Richmond NSW
2001 Australian Society of Miniature Art (QLD) touring exhibition – Germany
2000 Maranatha Art Group, Darwin NT
1999 Maranatha Art Group, Darwin NT
1999 Willoughby Art Centre Students Exhibition NSW
1999 “Territory Vistas” with Tammy Lindsay, Crafts Council NT
1998 “Visions of the Top End” with Tammy Lindsay, Palmerston NT
1997 Group – Di Skelly Heron’s Art Gallery, Myilly Point, NT

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