Melinda Marshman

8 October – 2 November 2016

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Melinda Marshman

Puddle 83.5×107cm oil on linen

Melinda Marshman

Nearly Always Looking Up

Opening Tuesday 11 October 6-8pm
8 October – 2 November 2016

Nearly Always Looking Up

Melinda Marshman’s new suite of paintings celebrates the simple pleasures of gazing at the natural environment. A horizontal line in a painting suggests the horizon, and therefore a landscape, while vertical marks on a canvas are read as a figure. However in this work, there is a distinct lack of any horizon, but the subject is most definitely the natural landscape. The viewpoint is strange, Melinda looks at the world obliquely and captures the details that others would miss. Her preferred view of the world is somehow cropped, her focus zoomed in on a particular detail such as a brilliant blue sky through overhead branches, or the reflection of foliage in a puddle.

A recent three month residency in Paris at La Cité International des Artes, provided Melinda with an opportunity to explore the French internal waterways, southern coast and the many parklands of Paris. Memories of visual sensations and her emotive responses to new shapes, hues and silhouettes of the landscape are embedded in the work. She says “These paintings are not literal translations of actual places but rather symbolic representations of landscapes of memory.” She speaks of the internalising effect that spending time in nature had on her, and of the ability nature has to reconnect us to ourselves. The psychological effect of the natural world is what gives a gravitas and depth to this body of work. There is a quiet strength of presence, the unselfconscious beauty and confidence of nature that inspires hope and brings joy to those who are able to pause to see it. Melinda has a sense of colour and lightness of touch that makes her painting seem effortless and simple, however it is the intensity of the relationship she has to her subject as well as to the act of painting, that brings a sense of pleasure and ease.

Sarah Fitzgerald

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    Melinda Marshman

    Birch, Blossom, Forest 2016 oil on linen 107×167cm (diptych)

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    Melinda Marshman

    Blossom 107×83.5cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Blossom Study 41×51cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Big Blossom Sky (Diptych) 107×167cm oil on linen


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    Forest Blossom Study 41×51cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Yellow Canopy 107×83.5cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Winter Canopy 107×83.5cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Two Palms at Dusk 72×59cm oil on board

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    Kyra Henley

    Afternoon Palm 74×51cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Pink Palm 71×59cm oil on board

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    Melinda Marshman

    Yellow Canopy Study 39×45.5cm oil on board

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    Melinda Marshman

    Grass 30×40cm oil on linen

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    Melinda Marshman

    Grass 3 oil on linen 30.5×40.5cm

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    Melinda Marshman

    Grass 2 oil on board 30×40cm

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    Melinda Marshman

    Light and Water (Diptych) oil on linen 30×71cm

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    Melinda Marshman

    Spare Time 40×30cm goauche on paper


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