Melanie Max
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Portfolios

Orchestra of Lights

This is my latest series called Orchestra of Lights. The focus is on the sky and a slip of its reflection on the water below.

Rhapsody in Lights

In Praise of Lights

A selection of paintings from my long running series called In Praise of Lights

My Events

MELANIE MAX CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO & EXHIBITION
Repeats every day until Sun Nov 22 2015.
21 Nov 2015 -
10:30 to 17:00
Pop in this weekend to see my new studio and recent work in the Upstairs Studio & Gallery above the Handmade Hotspot in Ely.
MELANIE MAX CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO & EXHIBITION
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July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2017
Cambridge Open Studios 2017
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News

MELANIE MAX SRING SHOW 2/3 & 9/10 APRIL
The show will feature my new work Tidal Lights. Tidal Lights are influenced by two events that happened in February.  A trip to Tresco in the Scilly Isles and the amazing nacreous clouds or mother of pearl clouds that appeared one morning early in the month over the uk. 
MELANIE MAX SRING SHOW 2/3 & 9/10 APRIL
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MELANIE MAX CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO & EXHIBITION
Pop in this weekend to see my new studio and recent work in the Upstairs Studio & Gallery above the Handmade Hotspot in Ely.
MELANIE MAX CHRISTMAS OPEN STUDIO & EXHIBITION
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oil paintings
Portraits of the sky. Atmospheric semi-abstract seascapes & landscapes inspired by Norfolk, Scilly Isles & the Fen.
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My Exhibition this year will feature my new series of paintings Rhapsody in Lights and my continuing series In Praise of Lights.

I paint big expressive portraits of the skies. Skies set the mood for a landscape and the rest of the painting follows. I try to create in my paintings a similar experience to an unfamiliar landscape being looked at for the first time, an excitement and uncertainty for what lies ahead, the puzzle that we undertake in trying to identify what belongs to the sky, what is the sea, and what is the land and at what point they all meet.

Many of my titles suggest physical movement which reflects my desire to loose myself in the spaces that I am creating. I feel the pull to walk amongst the surfaces and disappear traversing it. I hope to capture this urge for an endless journey.

I like my paintings to have an element of ambiguity; how can you have an adventure if you know all about it before you set out? I like the eye to float around the surface trying to make sense of the transitions, colours and shapes and their relationships to each other. When one approach to understanding the painting has been discounted another visual exploration of the surface is sort for an explanation. This active consideration of the paintings illusion to space, keeps it alive and active and being open to reinterpretation.”

Melanie studied at Chelsea School of Art leaving with a BA (hons) in Sculpture. She now paints, preferring its intimacy and immediacy of expression. 

Details of future exhibitions can be found on her website