• NOW represented by FLG, Melbourne

    NOW represented by FLG, Melbourne

    I'm thrilled to now be represented by the experienced team at Flinders Lane Gallery who recently celebrated 30 years in the industry.

    Please contact Claire direct with any enquiries.

    FLG is a contemporary art gallery in the heart of Melbourne, located on Level 1 of the Nicholas Building at the corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston Street. The gallery has been championing the practices of emerging, mid-career and established Australian artists since its inception in 1989. The FLG stable is unified by a commitment to presenting high quality, exceptional artworks that demonstrate conceptual rigour, technical expertise and creative sensitivity.

  • Painter to Painter - a conversation between friends

    Painter to Painter - a conversation between friends

    We hope you can join us for our exhibition opening in Fremantle WA

    you can find more info HERE:

  • Feature in Design Anthology

    Feature in Design Anthology

    "In the lush Melbourne suburb of Toorak, local interior design firm GOLDEN has transformed a 1960s home into an abode the befits its owners’ creative flair. Inspired by the notion of ‘liveable artistry’, the existing architectural characteristics and the clients’ art collection, the design team conceived a design narrative that would spark curiosity and joy. ‘Our clients wanted to be bold and have beautiful elements throughout their home, particularly in the finishes like the green marble floor. Our design needed to be classic yet contemporary, finding a balance between colour and pattern while still feeling timeless,’ Alicia McKimm, director of GOLDEN, explains.

    The clients prioritise a balance between function and an art-led aesthetic. Their art collection takes pride of place in home, displayed alongside family photographs and sentimental items, with furnishing and objects selected to complement the work. The colours and brushstrokes of Melissa Boughey’s Interior Track to Waterfall, for example, inspired a custom-made Grazia & Co ottoman in Kelly Wearstler fabric.

    Read the full article by Babette Radcliffe-Thomas here: Design Anthology
    Images by Sharyn Cairns

  • Eutierria: moments in nature

    Eutierria: moments in nature

    New exhibition opens at BOOM Gallery Geelong, VIC
    August 15 - Sept 8 2019
    opening celebrations Saturday 17th Aug 1-3pm

    Melissa’s current body of work speaks of a life lived on the land, an intimate connection with both the wild and tamed landscapes in her close daily interactions of living and working on a farm and revegetating native habitat. Ocean swimming, walking the dog, and drawing plein-air in the paperbark wetlands (a stones throw from her studio) are some of these deeply resonant & immersive experiences.

    Whilst researching for this current exhibition, Melissa was looking for a term to describe a fleeting feeling of oneness that one might grasp when held enthral to nature: a quiet sense of contemplation, when time slows down, worries vanish and we are deeply present. Eutierria - from eu (good), tierra (the earth), ia (you), was coined by sustainability professor Glenn Albrecht, and describes this euphoric sense of being at one with nature, with a feeling of peace and connectedness. For Melissa, this happens when she works outside and responds to the sensory environment.
    “My process begins with an immersion in the landscape; jotting notes; scribbling responses; and creating a shorthand code for the natural environment.”

  • Cross Country at Turner Engine Rooms

    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.


  • Interview with TDF

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    Here is the Event Guide

  • Scene Exhibition 2016

    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
    the public.

    I'm sending in this one: 2 weeks in the desert

  • Totem - Butter Factory Studios Denmark WA

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    Keep posted!

  • These works off to Tasmania for the Lloyd Rees Prize

    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
    individually framed

    Also received a Highly Commended Award!

  • Finalist Mandorla Art Award WA

    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

    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

    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!