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