Goemans, Melanie

Bio

Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens, spending time in Italy before studying master's degrees in Florentine Renaissance art, and then Fine Art (painting). After a series of residencies and teaching posts, she relocated from London to the Cambridgeshire fens and now works from her studio in central Ely. Melanie's work is a response to her environment, the places in and around which she lives the everyday; the new that has become the familiar, resonating the thoughts and experiences lived through there. She is interested in the overlooked, incidental forms in nature - how painting / printmaking can draw attention to things with no conventional value and mark them as important through the use of traditional materials, such as oil paint, gesso, gold leaf, etching. 'I like looking at complicated shapes and drawing them with a very fine brush. The act of painting like this feels almost like stitching or weaving, as slowly with each brush mark the work comes together. I used to think art had to be complex to be good, but over time I have realised that keeping things simple or paring them down can make a bigger statement.’
Over her career, Melanie has exhibited in group and solo shows across the UK including at the Jerwood Space, London; Bridgeman Gallery, London; Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; Jaggedart, London; Thompson's City Gallery, London; Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London; Florence Trust, London; Quercus Gallery, Bath; Twist Art, Oxford; Beau Art Interiors, Cambridge; Kittoe Contemporary, London; Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester; Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon; and Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance. Her work is held in corporate and private collections in the UK and overseas and has recently been selected for the National Open Art Competition; the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition; and the John Moores Painting Prize (second round).

Exhibitions

  • 2018 Tree. Bird. Stone. (solo show), Cornwall Contemporary
  • 2015 The Classics: Gallery Artists, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
  • 2017 Autumn Collection, Josie Eastwood Fine Art
  • 2016 By Shore and Field, The Stratford Gallery
  • 2015 The Still Point, Quercus Gallery, Bath
  • 2016 Goemans. Kiernan, Pack, Cornwall Contemporary
  • 2016 20th National Open Art Exhibition, Mercers’ Hall, City of London
  • 2014 Launch Show, Cambridge Original Printmakers, Cambridge
  • 2014 Art14 Onsite, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
  • 2013 Summertime, Jaggedart, London
  • 2007 Deep Inspiration (Commended Work), Jerwood Space, London
  • 2007 Equinox, Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
  • 2006 Blooming, twist art&design, London
  • 2004 New Landscape Painting, Thompson's City Gallery, London
  • 2004 Ft04 - Summer, The Florence Trust, London

Education

  • 1998 MA Fine Art (Painting), School of Art, University of Gloucestershire
  • 1995 MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
  • 1993 BA (Hons.) History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

Links

Rose Garden V, 2012 (oil and gesso on canvas)
Rose Garden V, 2012 (oil and gesso on canvas)

AEU2636136: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Rose Garden VI, 2013 (oil and gesso on canvas)
Rose Garden VI, 2013 (oil and gesso on canvas)

AEU2636143: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Pound Hill, 2015 (oil and gold leaf on linen)
Pound Hill, 2015 (oil and gold leaf on linen)

AEU2636146: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Cuckold's Row, 2014, (oil and gesso on canvas)
Cuckold's Row, 2014, (oil and gesso on canvas)

AEU2636147: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Dark Lane, 2014 (oil and gesso on canvas)
Dark Lane, 2014 (oil and gesso on canvas)

AEU2636148: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Edeva the Fair, 2014 (oil and gesso on canvas)
Edeva the Fair, 2014 (oil and gesso on canvas)

AEU2636468: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Priory Wood, 2014 (oil and gesso on canvas)
Priory Wood, 2014 (oil and gesso on canvas)

AEU2636469: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Through VIII, 2008 (oil on canvas)
Through VIII, 2008 (oil on canvas)

AEU2636493: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Through VII, 2008 (oil on canvas)
Through VII, 2008 (oil on canvas)

AEU2636494: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Rose Garden, 2012 (etching)
Rose Garden, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636495: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Queen Anne's Lace, 2013 (etching)
Queen Anne's Lace, 2013 (etching)

AEU2636496: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

In Between, 2012 (etching)
In Between, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636497: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Sparrow, 2012 (etching)
Sparrow, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636499: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Reed Bunting, 2013 (etching)
Reed Bunting, 2013 (etching)

AEU2636500: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

St. Mary the Less, 2013 (etching)
St. Mary the Less, 2013 (etching)

AEU2636501: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Chandelier, 2015 (solar plate etching)
Chandelier, 2015 (solar plate etching)

AEU2636502: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Chandelier, 2015 (solar plate etching)
Chandelier, 2015 (solar plate etching)

AEU2636503: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Bindweed, 2013 (etching)
Bindweed, 2013 (etching)

AEU2636505: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Viola, 2014 (etching)
Viola, 2014 (etching)

AEU2636509: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Cuckold's Row, 2014, (etching)
Cuckold's Row, 2014, (etching)

AEU2636510: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Song Thrush Taking Flight, 2013 (etching)
Song Thrush Taking Flight, 2013 (etching)

AEU2636511: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Bindweed, 2013 (etching)
Bindweed, 2013 (etching)

AEU2636512: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

A New Day, 2015 (etching with copper leaf)
A New Day, 2015 (etching with copper leaf)

AEU2636513: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Clematis Montana, 2014 (etching)
Clematis Montana, 2014 (etching)

AEU2636514: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Everything ebbs and flows, 2015 (etching)
Everything ebbs and flows, 2015 (etching)

AEU2636515: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Hope, 2015 (etching)
Hope, 2015 (etching)

AEU2636516: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Rose Garden II, 2012 (etching)
Rose Garden II, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636544: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Flight, 2012 (etching)
Flight, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636546: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Fettered Tree, 2012 (etching)
Fettered Tree, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636547: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Free Tree, 2012 (etching)
Free Tree, 2012 (etching)

AEU2636548: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Cuckold's Row, 2014, (etching)
Cuckold's Row, 2014, (etching)

AEU2636582: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Campanula, 2015 (etching with gold leaf)
Campanula, 2015 (etching with gold leaf)

AEU2641373: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

A New Day, 2015 (etching with silver leaf)
A New Day, 2015 (etching with silver leaf)

AEU2641374: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images

Chandelier, 2015 (solar-plate etching)
Chandelier, 2015 (solar-plate etching)

AEU2656699: © Melanie Goemans / Bridgeman Images


Back to top