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No Woman, No Cry,  60x48, acrylic
No Woman, No Cry, 60x48, acrylic
Mel Rea $5800
Good Song In My Feet, 60x48, acrylic
Good Song In My Feet, 60x48, acrylic
Mel Rea $5800
Close To Mine III, 30x22, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper, framed
Close To Mine III, 30x22, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper, framed
Mel Rea $1800
Close To Mine II, 22x30, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper, framed
Close To Mine II, 22x30, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper, framed
Mel Rea $1800
Close To Mine I, 30x22, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper, framed
Close To Mine I, 30x22, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper, framed
Mel Rea $1800
Inside Of The Out XXVII, 30x22, ink and acrylic on handmade cotton rag paper
Inside Of The Out XXVII, 30x22, ink and acrylic on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Look At Her II, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Look At Her II, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Look At Her VI, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Look At Her VI, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Look At Her VIII, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Look At Her VIII, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Loud As Hush #22, 30x22, ink, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Loud As Hush #22, 30x22, ink, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Loud As Hush XVI, 30x22, ink and acrylic on handmade cotton rag paper
Loud As Hush XVI, 30x22, ink and acrylic on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Mine To Tell #15, ink, 30x22, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mine To Tell #15, ink, 30x22, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
My Maybe III, 30x22, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
My Maybe III, 30x22, ink, acrylic, graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
Quieter II, 30x22, ink, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Quieter II, 30x22, ink, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
She Whispered VIII, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
She Whispered VIII, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on handmade cotton rag paper
Mel Rea $1200
SOLD - Radcliffe, 36x76 encaustic
SOLD - Radcliffe, 36x76 encaustic
Mel Rea $8800
SOLD - Soft To Tell XIII, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite
SOLD - Soft To Tell XIII, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite
Mel Rea $1200
SOLD - Sunday Morning, 36x36, encaustic
SOLD - Sunday Morning, 36x36, encaustic
Mel Rea $5400
SOLD - Soft to Tell II, 30x22, ink,acrylic powdered graphite on paper
SOLD - Soft to Tell II, 30x22, ink,acrylic powdered graphite on paper
Mel Rea $1200
SOLD - Color me Quiet I, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on cotton rag
SOLD - Color me Quiet I, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on cotton rag
Mel Rea $1200
SOLD Color me Quiet II, 30x22-ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on cotton rag
SOLD Color me Quiet II, 30x22-ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on cotton rag
Mel Rea $1200
SOLD - Color me Quiet III, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on cotton rag
SOLD - Color me Quiet III, 30x22, ink, acrylic, powdered graphite on cotton rag
Mel Rea $1200
SOLD Inside of the Out XXVI, 22x30, ink acrylic on paper
SOLD Inside of the Out XXVI, 22x30, ink acrylic on paper
Mel Rea $1200

About the Artist

My artwork is the reflection of my journey through life with all of its experiences and influences. I love to work in layers in an attempt to visualize depth and age. I’m captivated by what may be hidden underneath; whether it be the layers of human experience or the influence of the elements on material objects.

The union of composition and color in my work is meant to reflect emotional balance, using nature as my inspiration. My palette is in constant flux, reflecting the world around me. I love the psychology behind the many moods of color.  I’m not committed to evoking a singular state of mind, but am continuously fascinated by the rainbow of responses prompted by the simple act of choosing a palette.

I am not sure where my artwork will take me in the future, but I hope I will always be asking the question “What will I be when I grow up?”  You see, as my artwork is me, and it is always being changed and refined, I am therefore always in a state of becoming….

Website: melrea.com

EDUCATION

Kent State University, B.F.A. 1995. “Cum Laude”
Pasadena City College, 2001 (Continuing Education Classes)
San Fernando City College, 2002 (Continuing Education Classes)

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Walker Fine Art, Denver, CO
2014 Works on Paper, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2014 Resinate, Huff Harrington Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2014 3×3, Leipers Creek Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013 Love, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2013 Two man show with Gary Bodner, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2012 The Birds and the Bees, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2011 Solo Show, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2011 Ohio Artists, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2011 Visual Impact, Sandusky Cultural Center, Sandusky, OH
2010 The New May Show, Lakeland Community College, Mentor, OH
2010 Through The Looking Glass, Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2010 Solo Show, Intech Corporation, Palm Beach, FL
2009 Two Person Show with Mark Yale Harris, Amuse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2009  Women II Women, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH
2009  Palm Beach 3, West Palm Beach, FL
2008 “Best Of The Best,” A Muse Gallery, Columbus, OH
2007 “3 in 3-D,” Perfect Pear Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 “New Blood,” Finer Things Gallery, Nashville, TN
2006 “International Clay,” San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX
2005 Group Show, Wiessman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2005 Art Form Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, FL
2004 S.O.F.A., Chicago, IL
2004 Contemporary Art Form, West Palm Beach, FL
2004 S.O.F.A., New York, NY
2003 S.O.F.A., Chicago, IL
2003 Solo Show, The Thomas R .Riley Gallery, Cleveland, OH
2003 S.O.F.A., New York, NY
2003 Art Form International, West Palm Beach, FL
2002 S.O.F.A., Chicago, IL
2001 Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
1999-02 Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, Beverly Hills, CA
2001-02 Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA
1999 Mad River Fall Collection, Santa Monica, CA

ARTICLES / PUBLISHING

  • “52 Works 52 Weeks,” (calendar) AGC The Creative Advantage, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • “Encaustic Artists”, Schiffer Publishing, release date TBA
  • “Artists Homes and Studios,” Schiffer Publishing, 2015
    International Artists Vol. 5., November 2012
    Capital Style, May-June 2012 issue
    House Beautiful, November 2011 issue
    Carolina Arts, April, 2011
    “100 Midwest Artists,” Schiffer Publishing, 2011
    “Ceramics Today,” Schiffer Publishing, 2009
    “Alive with Color,” Los Angeles Daily News, June 14, 2000
    “Sculpting A Career,” Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2000
    “Cleveland Sculptor,” Chagrin Valley Times, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, June 31, 2002
    “Snap Shot,” West Geauga Sun, West Geauga, Ohio, March 29, 2007

COMPETITION

  • 2010 Painting Award, The New May Show, Lakeland Community College
    2003 OOOandeye Art reach International Competition, Sculpture Award

GRANT

  • 2004 Puffin Award Foundation, NJ

SELECT COLLECTIONS

Ohio Hospital Associations, Columbus, OH
Mark West Financial, Denver, CO
JP Morgan, Charlotte, NC
Federal Home Loan and Savings Bank, Atlanta, GA
Intech Corporation, Palm Beach, FL
Lumiere, Charlotte, NC
Barbara Lazaus
Donna and Jim Foster
Wilma Smith
Lester A. Lefton
Dr. Heather Lemonedes
Mark Yale Harris
Brian and Kayli Hibbard

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