Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Thoughts on a Grey Day

Excited to be taking part in an upcoming exhibition in November, called "Thoughts on a Grey Day". It's to be held as part of the Stormy Weather Arts Festival at Archimedes Gallery in Oregon.

Below is a sneak peak of my work in progress. Something a little different for me in terms of the muted colour palette!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Temple of the Soul

Starting this Saturday at Alexi Era Gallery "Temple of the Soul" group show, an art exhibition where artist’s work explores the human body by form, function, and mystery. In discoveries through biology, psychology, physiology, anatomy, etc.

Insight Rising
acrylic on gesso board
16 x 16 inches (artwork)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Book release of "Tarot Under Oath"

So thrilled to be a part of this new book release! 

The "Tarot Under Oath" book is now available for pre-order, complete with the major arcana artwork from the Late Rites exhibition which took place in January earlier this year. Amazing art from each artist and written statements about the process and creation of the work. 

You can order your copy here: lokreign.bigcartel.com/product/tarot-under-oath

My piece "Wheel of Fortune"

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Wilderness group show

This coming weekend is the last chance to catch the "Wilderness" group show at Auguste Clown Gallery in Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Here's my little piece that I have featured in the show. Contact the gallery for availability.

"Those that shall not be tamed"
Acrylic on gesso board
8 x 8 inches (artwork)

Friday, 27 June 2014

Reine de la mer

On the weekend of the 6th June till the Sunday 8th my piece "Reine de la mer" was part of the "Queen Mary" themed Kulture Klash art show, on the Queen Mary ship at Long Beach California.

Below are some work in progress photos. This piece is still available so if you are interested, please send me an email melissajhartley@yahoo.com.au

"Reine de la mer"
8x10" acrylic on gesso board in antique frame.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Belle Époque

This coming Saturday 10th May, sees the opening of another group show "On Beauty" that I'm involved with at Modern Eden Gallery in San Francisco.

My piece shows beauty in nature, and its innocence. Below are some work in progress photos of the piece Belle époque. I just loved working on this piece with all it's little details. It was a such joy to try and capture these amazing creatures.

and here's the flyer for the show featuring the work of Leilani L. Bustamante.

Belle Époque
Acrylic on gesso board 2014
8 x 8 inches, 20.3 x 20.3 cm

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Unravelling

When I was asked to create a piece for this Saturday's upcoming "Universe: the art of Existence" group show at Modern Eden my brain went into overdrive. There was so many ways to interpret the theme.

I guess rather than depicting space and celestial beings, I chose something to base my painting on that is encompassing of everything, the Golden Ratio is everywhere, from architecture, the galaxy, nature, and art.

The famous Golden Ratio has captivated mathematicians, artists, designers, and scientists for centuries. Also related to the Fibonacci sequence, its ubiquity and astounding functionality in nature suggests its importance as a fundamental characteristic of the Universe.

The Golden ratio was used to achieve balance and beauty in many Renaissance paintings and sculptures. Da Vinci himself used the Golden ratio to define all of the proportions in his Last Supper, including the dimensions of the table and the proportions of the walls and backgrounds. The Golden ratio also appears in da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and the Mona Lisa. Other artists who employed the Golden ratio include Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Seurat, and Salvador Dali.

In my painting, I chose to create a still life in the dutch golden age tradition. The nautilus shell presents one of the finest natural examples of a logarithmic spiral, although it does not exactly match the golden ratio like a golden spiral, it's the idea I wanted to get across instead. The golden ratio exists in calla lilies and roses which I chose to feature.

The piece is available at Modern Eden, please follow the link or contact the gallery for more information.

The Unravelling
"Still Life"
acrylic on gesso board, 2014
8 x 8 inches, 20.3 x 20.3 cm