LONDON  1995-2016                                                                MAINE 2016-PRESENT                                                                                                                                                                  

Melanie Essex grew up in rural eastern Long Island, spending her summers in Maine. After ten years in the film industry, she returned to school and studied painting at the New York Studio School for four years. She moved to London in 1995 where she lived and worked for two decades, raising a family and maintaining a series of studios - the last of which is pictured above. In 2016 she returned to the US and to the coast of Maine full time. When people ask her what it was like to move from London to Maine she replies - "the winters are better and the spring is worse". Her work continues to reflect the imagery and experience of her environment, influenced by years of looking at paintings, going to the movies, and watching the sky.

EXHIBITIONS

2019       Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME (opening July 5th, 2019)

2017       Camden Public Library, Camden ME              

2009       Price Waterhouse Cooper, London, UK         

2007       New Grafton at ICG, London, UK               

2006       New Grafton Gallery, London, UK                      

2006       Whitney Artworks, Portland ME                 

2005       Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME                            

2005       New Grafton Gallery, London, UK                   

2004       Icehouse Gallery, Greenport, NY                             

2002       Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, London, UK                   

2001       Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, London, UK                       

1998       Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME                            

1997       The Groucho Club, London, UK                                    

1994       The Rose Cafe, New York, NY 

1992       New York Studio School, New York, NY                   


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019     

Winter Invitational, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

Back to Nature, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

Atmospheric Water,  LC Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME

2018    

Weather Pending  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

Visions of Place: 30 Contemporary Maine Artist, Thomas Moser, Freeport ME                                    

2017      

Summer Selects, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME  

2016      

Winter Group, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME

Summer Group, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME   

Family, Latymer Upper School Gallery, London, UK                             

2012      

Holiday,  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME                 

2010      

The Drawing Group, Mars Hall, Port Clyde, ME      

2009      

The Drawing Room, St. George, ME                     

2007       

St. Pauls Collects, St. Pauls School,  London, UK                      

2006       

Winter, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME                          

2005       

ArtLONDON, New Grafton Gallery, London, UK

Five Women, Goldsmith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, Maine         

2004       

Group Show, New Grafton Gallery , London< UK

Living in the City, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK

Group Show, England and Co., London, UK

ArtLONDON, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK 

2003       

ArtLONDON, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK               

2001       

Beckoning Visions, New York Studio School, NY, NY

2000       

Group Exhibition, Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, London, UK

On the City, New York Studio New York, NY

 Islands, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME

1999      

Tatischeff Gallery, New York, NY

Art at 100,  Dickson Russell at Hammersons, London, UK 

Caldbeck Gallery/Sheepscott Wellspring Alliance, Rockland, ME              

1999 - 2007      

Art Views, Sophie Montgomery, London, UK  

1998       

Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland ME             

1997       

Cadogan Contemporary Art, London, UK

1996       

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK

1995       

Transcriptions, Union College, Schenectedy, NY

1994       

The Perceptual Pursuit, Fordham University, New York, NY

AWARDS

Merit Award for Excellence in Painting and Drawing, New York Studio School, New York, NY, 1994

Milton Avery Scholarship, New York Studio School,  1992,93  

Venice Travel Fellowship, New York Studio School, 1993

EDUCATION

New York Studio School, New York, NY, 1990-94

Institute National Superieur des Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium,1981-82  Rotary Fellowship

Harvard University, BA, Cambridge, MA, 1977-81


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