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.


2017       Camden Public Library, Camden Maine               

2009       Price Waterhouse Cooper, London, England          

2007       New Grafton at ICG, London  England                  

2006       New Grafton Gallery, London England                    

2006       Whitney Artworks, Portland Maine                 

2005       Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine                            

2005       New Grafton Gallery, London, England                   

2004       Icehouse Gallery, Greenport NY                             

2002       Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, London                   

2001       Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, London                       

1998       Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine                             

1997       The Groucho Club, London                                    

1994       The Rose Cafe, New York, NY                                   

1992/93 New York Studio School, New York, NY                   


2019     Group Show, Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY (Upcoming)

2018     Back to Nature, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine 

Weather Pending  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, Maine 

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

2017      Summer Selects, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine   

2016      Winter Group, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine

Summer Group, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine     

Latymer Upper, London, England                              

2012      Holiday  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine                  

2010      The Drawing Group, Mars Hall, Port Clyde, Maine      

2009      The Drawing Room, St. George, Maine                      

2007       Friends of St. Pauls, London England                      

2006       Winter Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland                          

2005       ArtLONDON, New Grafton Gallery, London England

Five Women, Goldsmith Gallery, Boothbay Harbor, Maine         

2004       New Grafton Gallery , London England

Living in the City, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London

England and Co., London, England 2004

ArtLONDON, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London 

2003       ArtLONDON, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London               

2001       Beckoning Visions, New York Studio School, NY, NY

2000       Cassian de Vere Cole Fine Art, London

On the City, New York Studio New York, NY

Islands, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine 

1999       Tatischeff Gallery, New York, NY

Art at 100,  Dickson Russell at Hammersons, London 

Caldbeck Gallery/Sheepscott Wellspring Alliance, Rockland, ME              

1999      “Art Views”, Sophie Montgomery, London (ongoing through 2007)  

1998       Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland Maine             

1997       Cadogan Contemporary Art, London

1996       Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

1995       Transcriptions, Union College, Schenectedy, NY

1994       The Perceptual Pursuit, Fordgam University, New York, NY


Merit Award for Excellence in Painting and Drawing, 

New York Studio School, 1994

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

Venice Travel Fellowship, New York Studio School, 1993


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

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

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

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