Have you met…Melanie Russell?

Massive Meringue Pie 2011 oil on board

Melanie Russell, Massive Meringue Pie 2011 oil on board

An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.

The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Melanie Russell.

 Negative Women's Fashion, - 2012  22 x 17 cm  collage on paper

Melanie Russell, Negative Women’s Fashion, – 2012
22 x 17 cm
collage on paper

Melanie Russell is a visual artist living and working in London. Working mostly in painting (oil on board), collage, drawing and cardboard constructions. Interested in shape, colour, materials & spacial ambiguity. MFA, Slade School of Fine Art 2004, BA Fine Art University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 2000. Recent exhibitions include Creekside Open 2013, Meditations, Pluspace, Coventry and March Group Show, Hada Contemporary, London.

 Melanie Russell Shapeshifters, 2012  22cm x 17cm  collage on paper

Melanie Russell
Shapeshifters, 2012
22cm x 17cm
collage on paper


“Through painting, drawing, collage and construction my current work develops an ongoing interest in visual perception where foregrounds and backgrounds hold an ambiguous relationship to create certain levels of flatness. By simplifying images into shapes, flat fields of colour and areas of mark making, an image is pushed towards the unrecognizable. Limited information is used to communicate scenes which are both simple and complicated bordering between representation and abstraction. Materials, shape and colour are pared down to a minimum.
My subject matter is sourced from found objects and images chosen for shape, as well as my surrounding environment which is recorded through observational drawing and photography. Spaces and objects become ambiguous inviting the viewer to reassess familiar surroundings. The availability of this resource, shape, colour and negative space, is one that I celebrate.” MR

Melanie Russell's studio.

Melanie Russell’s studio.

Other material relating to Melanie Russell.

Artist website: melanie-russell.blogspot.co.uk

Axis Web: Melanie Russell.

London’s Artist Quarter Bow Open: Melanie Russell.

patternsthatconnect: Melanie Russell.

artSlant: Melanie Russell.

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