Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Melissa Hartley


Under the watchful gaze "Phases de la lune"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2012
7 x 9 inches, 17.5 x 23.5 cm

  

By the light "Phases de la lune"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2012
7 x 9 inches, 17.5 x 23.5 cm


 
Tempestuous "Phases de la lune"
Acrylic and graphite on gesso board, 2012
18 x 24 inches, 45.7 x 61 cm


 
Intrepidation "Phases de la lune"
Acrylic and graphite on gesso board, 2012
18 x 24 inches, 45.7 x 61 cm


 
Desire "Phases de la lune"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2012
14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm


 
Wonder "Phases de la lune"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2012
14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm


Adore this woman's style! Look at those irises!! Melissa Hartley, an Aussie artist with a BA with Distinction in Design and minoring in Illustration. That's pretty much what I was studying....but then I got preggers and became a drop out! ha
Her dreamy compositions are said to 'highlight the turbulent relationship man has with nature.' Her vivid use of colour partnered with paler 'undefined' backgrounds makes for a striking visual combination, that is somehow beautifully strange and intriguing.

'She desires to create images of beauty and mystery that allow the viewer to find their own personal significance in them.'

Melissa is currently exhibiting her piece "Intuition" at the group show "Vanishing Points" held at Auguste Clown Gallery in Melbourne til 1st December, THIS SATURDAY! Make sure you go have a squizz if you're in Melbourne - some other awesome artists featured in that show with Melissa so definiately worth a look!!
For more information on her, or to follow along with current work, check out her website or her blog.



Earl "Royal Felidae"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2011
12 x 16 inches, 30.5 x 40.6 cm
 
 
 
 
Duke "Royal Felidae"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2011
12 x 16 inches, 30.5 x 40.6 cm



Princess "Royal Felidae"
Acrylic on gesso board, 2011
8 x 10 inches, 20.3 x 25.4 cm

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