Robin Gibson Gallery

modern + contemporary

Melanie Waugh


Melanie Waugh

Boambee Bay
46×61cm oil on canvas

Melanie Waugh’s paintings explore the Australian landscape. They capture scenes both familiar and remote from the artist’s life. Continuing on the grand narrative of Australian landscape painting, Waugh’s broad brushstrokes and rich colours reflect the dynamic diversity of Australia presenting an energetic picture of the vast terrain. Native flowers hold an endless fascination for the artist; each collection having its own unique shape and direction, forming an architecture that creates a common theme that is the abstract explosion of colour.

Born in Bellingen on the NSW North Coast and currently based in Sydney, Melanie Waugh completed a Fine Arts Degree from The National Art School in 2001, followed by a Diploma of Art Therapy at the University Of Western Sydney in 2005. In 2007 she completed a Masters Of Art, UNSW Art and Design.

In 2012 Waugh was the Curwoods Lawyers Artist In Residence, Australia Square, Sydney. She was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize 2017 and was awarded 2nd place in the 2018 Art In The Open Landscape Painting Prize, and in 2019 Melanie was a finalist in the Hawkesbury Art Prize. She has exhibited across Australia in group and solo exhibitions. Her work is held in private collections nationally and internationally.

Melanie Waugh

1978 Born in Bellingen, NSW. Lives and works in Sydney.


2014 Bachelor Of Education University Of Technology, Sydney
2007 Master of Arts, College of Fine Arts UNSW, Sydney
2005 Diploma Of Expressive Therapies, The University Of Western Sydney
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The National Art School, Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2020 Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney (March)
2019 Never Never Landscapes, Bellingen New South Wales
2012 Island Australia Square, Sydney
2007 Sickly Sweet National Trust Centre, Sydney
2006 Melanie Waugh Wall Gallery, Ascot Vale Melbourne
2006 Floods Blankspace, Surry Hills Sydney
2005 The Ropehole Blankspace, Surry Hills Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2020 Happening In 2020, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2019 Share The Dignity Christmas Show, The Happenstore, Annandale, NSW
2019 A Blooming Christmas, Robin Gibson Gallery, Darlinghurst NSW
2019 Studio Direct Group Exhibition, Michael Reid Gallery, Surry Hills NSW
2019 Studio Direct Group Exhibition, Michael Reid Gallery, Murrurundi NSW
2017 Twelve Koskela Gallery, Sydney
2017 5 Lands Art In The Open, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
2015 Five Lands in Plein Air Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
2014 Five Lands in Plein Air Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
2012 3 Artists Somers McDonnel Gallery, Gosford NSW
2008 Lineup – The Repetition Show Mary Place Gallery, Sydney
2006 Dissonance Kudos Gallery, College Of Fine Arts, Sydney
2005 Christmas Show Wallspace, Melbourne
2005 The Painting Show Virginia Wilson Art, Sydney
2005 The New Establishment Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney


2019 Finalist Hawkesbury Art Prize, Purple Noon Gallery
2018 2nd Prize winner The Art in the Open Art Prize, The Art House Wyong
2017 Semi finalist The Moran Portrait Prize


2012 Curwoods Artist in Residence Program, Australia Square Sydney

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