Melissa Boughey
Melissa Boughey

 

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Melissa Boughey

Melissa Boughey’s work is influenced by her immediate local environment, a sensory memory of place and her own internal dialogue (as disruptive as that may be). Melissa completed a BA (Art) Curtin University WA (1994), and then moved to the south-coast where she and her partner have a family of three sons and run a small farm business. She has been finalist in a number of national shows including The Paul Guest Prize for Drawing (2016), Kogarah Art Prize (2015), Albany Art Prize (2015), Lloyd Rees Landscape Prize (2015) & Fleurieu Art Prize (2011) amongst others.

 

Traverse 

Traverse refers to the fluid nature of my practice, of one work informing the next, of journeys taken, of feelings of renewal and excitement in a new landscape, and the exploration of emotional space via the vehicle of landscape.
Each work is a journey in itself, a moving through the landscape, a psychological terrain to traverse. Like walking up a hill with the landscape slowly revealing itself, the painting reveals itself to me during the process.
My work is influenced by my experience of being in the environment, talking a walk, camping or driving. Often the response is many layered and built up over time. Like most travels, we often have a completely different experience to the one we set out on. We leave something behind, we hold in the heart the sum of our experience, and this filters into the work.

 

Close to Home 2017

Having lived on the south coast of WA in a rural setting for the previous 20+ years, my work is inspired by the landscape; my studio in the trees, the wetlands below, and driving (or walking & riding) in the country. My everyday experience.

I am constantly in awe of the natural environment, held enthralled by the way the light changes, the long shadows of autumn into winter, the play between scratchy, shrubby bush, and warm fields of colour. The shape of things. Waterways, creeklines, heading up a mountain, a vista or just the humble feeling of being but a speck in the universe (but somehow deeply connected to the earth) may all imbue the work.

Although Close to Home, we are sometimes far-away in thought. The new work references this experience and the quandary of sometimes being in 2 places at once; a physical presence with emotional space elsewhere.

Painting then becomes an extension of my thought process to evoke a feeling, a sensory memory of place, the vehicle for exploring my own internal psychological landscape. The act of painting (or later reflection) often uncovers a train-of-thought or a phrase that informs the title; a lyrical response to the work or a playful interpretation coding the experience.

 

Artist Bio & CV

Melissa completed a Bachelor of Arts (ART) Curtin University WA (1994), and then moved to the south-coast where she and her partner have a family of three sons and run a small farm vineyard and cellar door. The last few years have seen Melissa more fully invest in her arts practice and she has been finalist in a number of national shows including The Paul Guest Prize for Drawing (2016), Kogarah Art Prize (2015), Albany Art Prize (2015), Lloyd Rees Landscape Prize (2015) & Fleurieu Art Prize (2011) amongst others.

 

Melissa Boughey

b. 1972, Perth WA

 

Education

1994    Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), Curtin University, Western Australia

High Distinction – Drawing, Painting Major, Visual Culture

 

Awards

2015    Highly Commended, Lloyd Rees Landscape Prize, Tasmania

2011    Highly Commended, Fleurieu Peninsula Water Prize, SA

 

Finalist

2016    Paul Guest Drawing Prize, Bendigo Regional Gallery VIC

2016    Marie Ellis Drawing Prize, Brisbane QLD

2016    Brisbane Art Prize, Brisbane QLD

2015    City of Albany Art Prize, Brisbane QLD

2015    Kogarah Art Prize, NSW. Judge: John McDonald

2015    Lloyd Rees Landscape Prize, Tasmania. Judge: Sasha Grishin

2014    Mandorla Art Award, Linton & Kay, Perth WA

2011    Fleurieu Peninsula Landscape Biennale, SA. Judges: Nick Mitzevich, Ted Snell, Janet Lawrence

2011    Fleurieu Peninsula Landscape Water Prize, SA. Judges: Nick Mitzevich, Ted Snell, Janet Lawrence

2011    Nannup Art Prize, WA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017    Bush; walking, Desert; thinking, Small Spaces, Redfern, Sydney NSW

2014    Lightscape, Middle Gallery, Butter Factory Studios, Denmark WA

2014    Paddock & Periphery, Willoughby Park, Denmark WA

2012    Wetlands, Hills & Paddocks, Butter Factory Studios, Denmark WA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions & Events

2017    Close to Home, (With Andy Quilty), Margaret River Gallery, Margaret River WA

2017    (Upcoming) Solo, Turner Gallery Engine Room 2, Peth WA

2017    Lost Horizons, Alpha Gallery, Erskineville NSW

2017    Great Southern Art Award, Albany Town Hall, Albany WA

2016    Greens Pool – The Visual | 20 x 20 exhibition | Event Curator | Denmark WA

2016    Artist Open House Fremantle | Curated Art Selected Homes | Fremantle WA

2016    Margaret River Gallery at Kidogo | Selected Artists | Kidogo Fremantle WA

2016    Living Gondwana: a sense of place | 3 Day Environmental Immersion | Balinjup WA

Exhibition: Butter Factory Studios | Denmark & Vancouver Art Centre | Albany WA

2016    Scene | Nyisztor Studio & Gallery | Melville WA

2016    Totem | Southern Art & Craft Trail | Great Southern WA

2015    Brave New Drawings 20 x 20 | Event Curator | 10 Artists | Butter Factory Studios WA

2015    Exposed | Southern Art & Craft Trail | Great Southern WA

2015    Cossack Art Awards | City of Karratha WA

2014    Everything is a Map | Curated exhibition | Butter Factory Studios | Denmark WA

2014    Growth | Three Artists | Southern Art and Craft Trail Event | Moombaki Wines | Denmark WA

2012    Decade | Invitation to curated exhibition | 10th Anniversary of the Southern Art and Craft Trail            Vancouver Arts Centre Albany WA

2011    A4 Art – Brave New Works #19 selected group show | Butter Factory Studios, Denmark WA

 

Collections

Busselton Health Service, Mental Health Unit, WA

Office of the Public Sector, Government of Western Australia

Private Collections in Australia, NY, Germany, Spain, Switzerland and France

 

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