Melanie Berman was born in Surrey in England and grew up mostly in Berkshire. She attended Berkshire College of Art And Design gaining a 2:1 in Fashion Design in 1980, consequently employed within the fashion industry and later gained a BA Hons in Fine Art in Painting at UCA in Canterbury 2008.
Melanie has exhibited in many group shows and been commissioned by interior design companies such as SMC London. Homes and Gardens UK highlighted her artwork. She has shown at the Royal Academy London 2019 and the Royal Scottish Academy 2020.
Her work is characterised by luscious use of colour and bold shapes set against a either large brush marks or flat surfaces, forming multi layered abstract landscapes of time. Within these forms she explores connotations of home, identity, rural land and the personification of nature within her painting. Drawing on the visible and an inner awareness she also uses historical, philosophical, poets and Indigenous practices within her creative processes.
Large area of hard edged coloured shapes of stillness contrast to the large flowing brush marks, which are used to form movement in the painting. The brush marks acknowledge man has altered and shaped the land over time, as if a ploughed field. The coloured flat opaque shapes lay on top are constructed piece by piece to form horizontal and vertical lines which symbolised objects around us. The land she feels is cohesive whilst the houses, peoples, objects are individual entities within a space. Emphasis is on spatial depiction whilst incorporating another perspective and timelessness of alternative realities by taking the realities for advantage points. These new realities shift through the axis of memories ruminating over the painting whilst she brings the shapes to form alternative future, forming a new comprehensive dialogue within society.
Melanie currently works and lives in East Sussex.