Cross Country at Turner Engine Rooms
Opening 6th October 6-8pm Turner Galleries ENGINE ROOM @ William St Northbridge - Hope you can come!
Melissa Boughey describes her work as “an annotation of landscape, a shorthand writing, a synthesis of experience.”
Time spent immersed in the landscape, drawing en plein air, is intrinsic to her experience and provides the framework for the development of paintings in her bush studio, located on the Kent River near Denmark. Cross Country is a multilayered response to her intimate connection with land and interpretation of place. The daily dog walk, a recent camping trip, the feeling of the desert, are all experiences that may come to the fore and be ripe for excavation.
The end result is a very elegant and refined response to her environment.
PREVIEW WORK HERE
Interview with TDF
Pretty chuffed to have my work profiled on The Design Files. Story by Elle Murrell, photos by Bo Wong.
you can read it HERE
Close to Home - exhibition with Andy Quilty
Showing together for the first time, emerging West Australian artists Melissa Boughey and Andy Quilty present a diverse body of new works exploring ideas around identity, sense of place, and connection to the land.
Opening this Saturday 8th April at 6pm, with an artist talk/demo prior at 5pm. If you are in town please come and visit.
see catalogue here Close to Home
Margaret River Gallery
Shop 4/1 Charles St West
Margaret River WA
Small Spaces SYDNEY
As you may know I live on a farm in the southwest of Western Australia, where I have a studio that overlooks our vineyard and wetlands.
I have lived here since completing my fine art degree in 1994 and I love the quiet rural existence that I share with my partner and 3 sons. I exhibit my work and sell through our Moombaki cellar door, the Butter Factory Studios in Denmark (a co-operative of 10 of which I am a member) and Margaret River Gallery.
For some time I have been thinking that I really need to stretch myself and exhibit my work more widely. Thanks to instagram I can connect with other artists and get a feel for galleries that I otherwise wouldn't be able to access. I discovered a beautifully curated space in Sydney called Small Spaces. I plucked up some courage and asked them to take a look at my work.
I do find self-promotion rather difficult and I have to counter a lot of interfering doubt to push through the discomfort. So I was chuffed when Sarah said she loved my work and would love to show it in Sydney. It might seem like a small step, but actually it is a bit leap of faith in my self-belief and that I am doing the work I am meant to be doing.
It also makes me excited for what else might be waiting around the corner in the future.
Margaret River Gallery at KIDOGO ARTHOUSE
Exploring New Territories and New Artists
13 Artists from Margaret River Gallery come to Fremantle.
I'm thrilled to be part of this show at Bathers Beach, Fremantle. I'll be showing a couple of my larger paintings and a new triptych drawing.
Can't wait to see the show!
Artist Open House Fremantle AOHF
So excited to be involved in this year's event!
AOHF is an annual community event where art is shown and sold in private homes in Fremantle, WA.
AOHF aims to make affordable art accessible to everyone.
Each November Fremantle residents volunteer their gorgeous homes so that our carefully curated selection of emerging and established artists can show their art in a domestic context. It is also an opportunity to meet the artists, many of whom help at the homes.
Take our short self-guided walking trail where, for small donation, volunteers will welcome you inside select Fremantle homes to see and buy artwork by local and interstate artists.
Scene Exhibition 2016
I've been invited to exhibit with Nyisztor Studio in Perth for SCENE:
an exhibition to showcase a selection of WA’s art practice to
I'm sending in this one: 2 weeks in the desert
Totem - Butter Factory Studios Denmark WA
A reverence for,
and feeling of,
being within the landscape.
Emotive response to
the inherent spirit of place:
a rapt ode to being
Paul Guest Drawing Prize 2016
Notation Finke to Dolomite Walk NT
42 x 180 - 6 panels
mixed media on paper
Finalist in the Paul Guest Drawing Prize
Bendigo Art Gallery
Honoured to be selected for this esteemed drawing prize.
Marie Ellis AOM Prize for Drawing
Recently I undertook a field trip to Central Australia. I’d been harbouring yearnings for the desert for 3 years. I was amazed by the diversity, the ranges, the geological time etched in strata.
I drew as we walked, as I was driven, whenever we stopped, wherever we camped. I was rewriting my experience of landscape (having lived and worked on the south coast of WA for 20 years) and I was so astounded by the inherent beauty.
These drawing were done plein air at the camping site near Uluru - it was a breathtaking experience to be there.
Finalist in the Brisbane Art Prize 2016
Inspired by my recent trip to Central Australia - this work was recently shortlisted for the Brisbane Art Prize!
Brave New Drawings 20 x 20 works on paper exhibition
Butter Factory Studios Denmark WA
As park of Denmark Arts Brave New Works Program, the BFS artists have been set a challenge (by missus!) to create 20 works on paper in 20 days ...
50% proceeds will be donated to Carad (Coalition for refugees and detainees WA)
Here is a sample of my work - you can find more on my instagram account :melissa_boughey_art
PS This exhibition was such a success (we raised $2,500+ and all the artists enjoyed the challenge) that we are going to make it an annual event!
These works off to Tasmania for the Lloyd Rees Prize
I wish I could go with them ....
These 3 little oil on paper are heading over to Tasmania to the Colville Gallery for the Lloyd Rees Landscape Prize - I'm a finalist!
Travels along the south coast 2015
oil on paper
25 x 25
Also received a Highly Commended Award!
Finalist Mandorla Art Award WA
In the silence of the moment the shadow of the memory remains 2014
mixed media and encaustic on arches paper
40 x 50
I've been thinking it's time to get out there again and submit work to a few select exhibitions. I was encouraged to enter the Mandorla and was really happy to get selected amongst a small group of quality finalists - the opening is in Perth so I might even get to this one ....
I'm just going to keep on my path, working towards exhibitions, art awards, build my CV and one day be in a position to apply for a residency!
WOW! And another one
wetlands by tributary
oil on canvas
120 x 150
I also submitted this work to the Fleurieu Peninsula Water Prize and was selected as a finalist and also awarded a Highly Commended!
Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale Art Prize
wetlands by canoe
oil on canvas
120 x 150
It actually took a bit of procrastination, a lot of guts and a big jump off a cliff (that's what it felt like at the time).
But when I got selected as a finalist I was overjoyed (perhaps a few tears and a little jig!)
See folks sometimes you gotta take the plunge ...
Anyway I feel so honoured to get this type of validation for my work from the art establishment ... you see I work in isolation on the most part, I live in a fairly secluded spot on the far south west coast of WA, so putting my art out there to get judged by a pretty selective bunch and to achieve shortlisting does help on the days when I'm struggling with the paint!