Melodie Cook PS

 

Artist's Statement:

The human being is at the core of my work.The face, the hands, the incredible beauty of the human body. The expression, the demeanour, and what hides behind that or is expressed through that. My background in fashion is evident in my continuing interest in costume and adornment and how it can be used to denote or deny a presence. I am very passionate about drawing as well as painting and sculpture,but in 2012 I decided to focus entirely on drawing and began using pastels for the first time

Biographical Details:

I was born in 1955 in Exmouth, Devon.I went to Italy in 1977 for three weeks and remained there for 27 years. I returned to the UK a few years ago and have recently moved to Norfolk. 
My career began in the fashion industry,working in Italy as a freelance designer and consultant collaborating with some of Italy's major brands including Stefanel, Benetton, Replay and La Perla. After 18 years I left the fashion world and set up a new art and design studio,creating collections and illustrations for editorials and children's books, stationery, ceramics and glass.

After a few years I returned to the UK and went back to school to study fine art in London.

Society Memberships:

The Pastel Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

2017 Henri Roche' Award for “Samuel Froggatt with Peonies” 
2016 The Pastel Society Award for Non-Members Award 2016 (joint winner) for "Tweedy in Centaur Costume” - The Thunders - Giffords Circus 2014"
2015 Faber Castell Award for "Nancy Trotter Landry and Bobby" -The Thunders - Giffords Circus 2014 - Pastel Society
2013 Conté a Paris Award for "Red Monocle" - Pastel Society
2012 First Prize, Art Academy Drawing Award for "Ciro 30" judged by Brendan Kelly

Exhibitions:

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2017 Mall Galleries London

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2016 Mall Galleries London

FirstSite Arts Centre Colchester Open Exhibition 2015

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2015 Mall Galleries London

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition 2014 Mall Galleries London

"The Story of the Creative" July 25th - Sept 10th 2013 (Digital Exhibition held by See.Me)
Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art NYC USA

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition 2013 Mall Galleries London

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Open Exhibition 2013 Mall Galleries London

KPMG East London July - October 2012

Publications:

"makingamark" Blog by Katherine Tyrell,on the 2017 Pastel Society Exhibition.Featuring a photo
of my 3 works and some words about my work.

https://makingamark.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/118th-annual-exhibition-of-pastel-society.html#more

Website:

http://www.melodiecook.co.uk  

 

 

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Featured Artist

Jenny Halstead
Halstead Jenny Afternoon Doze La Gomera sized

 ' Afternoon Doze '
by
Jenny Halstead

Jenny Halstead PS FMAA

Biographical Details:

After studying Art & Design at Sutton & Cheam School of Art and a guest scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, Jenny went on to train as a medical artist, illustrating surgery and anatomy. She worked in London Teaching Hospitals, before turning freelance and publication work in both medicine and natural history.

Breaking away from this discipline over a decade ago to return to the freedom of painting and developing her own work as well as teaching.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Chelsea Arts Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

Caran D'Ache Award 2017

Exhibitions:

Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
Reading Guild of Artists
Henley Guild of Arts & Crafts
Whiteknights Studio Trail
Art in Hospital RBH
Chelsea Art Society
Regatta – Henley
John Noott Gallery, July 2017

Solo Exhibitions:

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading – 24 May - 30 June 2013

Silchester – Life on the Dig
at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 3 November 2015

Articles & Publications:

Pushing the Limits – Jenny Halstead
by Anne Hevener, The Pastel Journal (USA) – December 2011

Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead
by Ken Gofton, The Artist - March 2012

The Not So Secret Garden – Jenny Halstead
Berkshire Life – May 2013

An Artist in the Garden – Jenny Halstead
The Artist – May 2013

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – published by Two Rivers Press – May 2013

Invited Artist in Residence – Silchester excavation
(The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum)

Silchester - Life on the Dig
by Jenny Halstead & Michael Fulford
published by Two Rivers Press, October 2015

Artist invited to record a year in the life of The High Sheriff of Berkshire 'A Chain of Office' 2016/2017

Website:

http://www.jennyhalstead.co.uk/ 

     


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