Melanie studied Florentine Renaissance art at the Courtauld Institute, London (MA 1995, BA 1993) and Fine Art at the School of Art, University of Gloucestershire (MA 1998).
She taught at Cheltenham College before taking up Artist in Residence posts in Devon then London where she lived until relocating to Cambridgeshire in 2010. Across the UK, Melanie has exhibited in group and solo shows.
Her work is in corporate and private collections in the UK and overseas, and has recently been selected for the National Open Art Competition (2016); invited for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (2015), and selected for second round judging of the John Moores Painting Prize (2014). The Bridgeman Art Library holds images of her work for licensed reproduction.
The work is a response to my environment, the places in and around which I live the everyday; the new that has become the familiar, that has resonated the thoughts and experiences lived through here. I like that the paintings are mine only briefly while I work on them in my studio. Their life begins when they fly to another context, to a different viewer who I hope will find their own significances. This is the life of the painting. The birds animate the landscape; the stone - the earth - underlines everything, and the trees have been my enduring fascination for the past fifteen years.
I am 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.’ Melanie Goemans