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. 


2023 "Ultramarine"  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

2021 “Drawings and Paintings”  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

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 (with Elisa Jenson)

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


2024  Art PM, Buoy Gallery, Kittery, ME, Nor'easterly 3, Katzman Contemporary, Dover, NH, Transitions, LC Bates    Museum, Hinkley, ME, For We are all Sprung from Earth And Water - Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

2023  A Room with a View - Vardan Gallery, Los Angles, CA, Winter Invitational-Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, NY

2021  Autumn Group Exhibition, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

2020 Hot and Cold, Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME

2019  Space Heater - Able Baker Contemporary, Portland, ME, Winter Invitational - Blue Mountain Gallery, New York,       Back to Nature -  Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, ME, Atmospheric Water, LC Bates Museum, Hinckley, ME

2018 Weather Pending Caldbeck Gallery, Rockland, M. 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, NYIslands,  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


MonsonArts, Monson, ME 2020


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


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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