This week ...

'Melanie Goemans, already a well-established artist whose beautiful ethereal paintings caught our eye' ~ thank you Josie Eastwood Fine Art. The Spring Show will be open until 14 May 11am - 5pm weekends, and 10am - 5pm during weekdays.

Spring News & Events

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ARTROOMS 2017

Next week Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall) will join around 30 pieces, by selected NOA 2016 artists, for ARTROOMS, London’s biggest free independent arts fair. For the third year running, ARTROOMS will be taking over 80 bedrooms at 4-star deluxe hotel the Meliá White House during London Arts Fair. ARTROOMS has fast established itself as a place for buyers to scout art news and trends, making it the perfect place to showcase artists from the 2016 NOA competition. For further info click HERE

WHERE: The Meliá White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent’s Park, NW1 3UP
WHEN: Saturday 21st January • 12pm – 7pm; Sunday 22nd January • 12pm – 7pm; Monday 23rd January • 10am – 1:30pm

Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall) 2016, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 33 cm (framed) £575

Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall) 2016, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 33 cm (framed) £575

Wandlebury Diptych

These panels were commissioned for a private collection in the USA, painted in oil, gold leaf and gesso on canvas (183 x 122 cm) using 'rose madder genuine', a colour that I hadn't worked with before. They are now complete and waiting to be framed and crated for shipping.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! Here's a gallery of this year's work. Looking forward to sharing more paintings and etchings in 2017.

Winter events

Ely Cathedral; the beautiful old rectory at Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire; Shipyard Studios at Wivenhoe; Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance: these are some of the places my work has travelled over the past few weeks, taking part in seasonal events across the country. The art fairs are done but the Winter Collection at Cornwall Contemporary runs into the new year, and the Christmas exhibition at Shipyard Studios runs for another week. The National Trust continues to stock products made from my designs, and these as well as works on paper can also be bought directly from my studio and shipped. Please email for further info. 

Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection

Have you heard of the Benetton Imago Mundi project? Over 7000 artists from over 40 countries have been invited to work on a small 12 x 10 cm canvas to create a cross-cultural mosaic of artists from around the world. Here is my piece. It will soon travel to London to be included in the UK catalogue and join all the others in the project being shown in museums and spaces internationally. 

NOA - Artists' Reception

It was a great afternoon at the Artists' Reception for NOA, the National Open Art Exhibition, at the Mercers' Hall, City of London, and an honour to have my painting selected to hang in such good company. Huge thanks to the organisers, sponsors and judges. Here are some snaps of 'Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace)' and of me, alongside fellow exhibiting artists Rod McIntosh, Benjamin Parker. Special thanks to Amanda Kings, NOA Exhibition and Competition Director, for choosing my painting for her ID badge.

Update

'Goemans - Kiernan - Pack' at Cornwall Contemporary: the show is over and reviews are in! Nearly half the work has found new homes, the remainder now on show on the upper floors of the gallery. I am looking forward to my solo show at Cornwall Contemporary in 2018.

Meanwhile, next week I am at the Mercers' Hall, City of London, to see my piece, 'Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace)' exhibited as part of the 20th National Open Art Exhibition. I am starting a commissioned diptych that will be USA bound, as well as preparing for seasonal exhibitions locally.

Red dots ...

Seven paintings have already sold in my current show at Cornwall Contemporary! I'm not used to letting go of so many pieces all at once. Goodbye my friends - off you fly!

Goemans - Kiernan - Pack

Paintings by Melanie Goemans and Ele Pack; sculpture by Melissa Kiernan.

I'm very proud to be part of this beautiful show now at Cornwall Contemporary, until 8th October. The Private View is this Saturday 17th, 2-4pm. All details are on the gallery website here

SELECTED for National Open Art Competition

Relief, gratitude and joy - my painting 'Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace)' has been selected for the 20th National Open Art Exhibition to be held in the heart of The City of London at the Mercers’ Hall. Huge thanks to the organisers and the judges and all who supported my work in the public vote. 

Cow parsley growing in the local churchyard – I traced the shadows of the intricate forms, almost like stitching, and the painting evolved, telling a detailed story of absence and recollection. 

Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace) 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 44 x 44 cm (framed) 

Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace) 2016, oil and acrylic on canvas, 44 x 44 cm (framed) 

New: cornflower etchings

New etchings made using the cornflowers from my open studio (pictured in my Bagpuss post).

Two paintings shortlisted for National Open Art Competition

Really excited to have 2 paintings shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition. There is a public vote throughout August where you can vote for your favourite shortlisted pieces. Please click on the links / titles below to view, and if you'd like to vote for either / both of mine I'd love that. Also please share if you have friends who might be interested. Big thanks.

Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall) acrylic on canvas, 33 x 33 x 5 cm : Two flowers growing on the churchyard wall, together but apart. When I went back, they had gone. I’ve painted them as a memory of something that was perfect, then past.

Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace) oil and acrylic on canvas, 44 x 44 x 5 cm : Cow parsley growing in the local churchyard- I traced the shadows of the intricate forms, almost like stitching, and the painting evolved, telling a detailed story of absence and recollection.

Wayside I-VII (complete series)

Wayside I-VII, 2016, oil, gold leaf and acrylic on canvas, each 44 x 44 cm (framed) £750

I have a Wayside VIII (in mind only at present) - spectral white on deep dark blue, of clearly spaced japanese anenomes.

Borrowing from Bagpuss

'Wake up and look at the thing that we bring
Wake up, be bright, be golden and light.'

Thank you open studio visitors for all that you brought to my studio this year!

Cambridge Open Studios 2016 - my 3 weekends are done; the wine has been drunk; the flag is down; there is a painting to paint, and quite a lot to be framed, photographed, packed - ready for my show in Cornwall at the end of the summer.  A couple of days at the print studio aside, August will be about family, mostly under canvas rather than in front of it.

'And when Bagpuss was asleep
All his friends were asleep.
The mice were ornaments on the mouse organ,
Gabriel and Madeleine were just dolls.
Professor Yaffle was just an old wooden bookend in the shape of a woodpecker.
Even Bagpuss himself, once he was asleep, was just an old, saggy cloth cat,
and a bit loose at the seams, but Emily loved him.'
Cambridge Open Studio, 2016

Cambridge Open Studio, 2016

Final Open Studio weekend

July speeds by and there are just three days until my LAST open studio weekend. Come and view over 20 of my paintings - many this year's work, the rest fresh from the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery - all on their way to Cornwall Contemporary for my big show in September. You can also see etchings, and objects (tiles, tea towels, etc.) made from my designs, now also sold by the The National Trust. There is plenty of parking alongside the house, and of course refreshments. Further details, map and directions all at: Cambridge Open Studios (studio 188). I hope you can join me for a drink / cuppa and a browse. All welcome :-) 

ON NOW: Open Studio

My studio will be open the 2nd and 3rd weekends in July as part of Cambridge Open Studios (studio no. 188). It is a rare opportunity to view over 20 of my paintings - many this year's work, the rest fresh from the Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London - all on their way to Cornwall Contemporary for my big show in Sept. You can also see etchings, and objects made from my designs (tiles, tea towels, etc.) now also sold by the The National Trust. 
There is plenty of parking alongside the house, and of course refreshments (donations to Arthur Rank Hospice).
*Please check the Cambridge Open Studio website to see the full range of studios open to visit throughout Cambridgeshire during July.*