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 "Above us Only Sky" Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

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

2020

Hot and Cold, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

2019

Space Heater, Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME

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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