Venice, California

 

Melissa Herrington is a contemporary abstract artist currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. She has called Southern California home since 2005 where she received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. Prior to that, she spent most of her early career in Atlanta, Georgia and has a BFA from Florida State University. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her works are represented by multiple prestigious galleries.

My aim is to create abstract paintings that are contemplative and evocative. The organic quality of my textured marks lends an ephemeral feeling, images imply fluidity. This “unfinished” surface represents an unfolding of possibility. I use the transparent stains and the opaqueness of color. My work examines the theme of transformation.


“Floating colors and unsteady shapes, fluid movements through layers that linger above a cauldron of speckled sea; like a wave, objects appear in flux, layer upon layer, melding together, creating something new.”

In the studio I work on many pieces at once and so my studio wall is always full of paintings. The works are constantly shifted around, being placed and reordered. I see this wall as an developing story, a set of possibilities.

My paintings are representative of my path, which is inspired by adventure and independence, and my love of color and texture. For me travel is a major catalyst for my evolving themes and artistic practice. I am exploring spontaneous, gestural marks and subtle female forms through abstraction. In all my works color and shape are both organic and intuitive and feminine.

Exhibitions

2016 // Solo Show, Ireland,

Chicago Art Source, Chicago, Illinois

2016 // Solo Show, Soren Christensen Gallery,

New Orleans, Louisiana

2104 // Solo Exhibition, Daughter of the Wind,

Los Angeles, California

2013 // Solo Show, And the Flame Stitches that Empty Chasm Shut, Gallery DeNovo, Sun Valley, Idaho

2012 // Solo Show, Ashes To Honey, M Herrington Gallery,

Los Angeles, California

2012 // Solo Show, Reveille, Soren Christensen Gallery,

New Orleans, Louisiana

2010 //  Solo Show, HANDless, Gallery DeNovo,

Sun Valley, Idaho

2010 // Veiled Vision, Gallery DeNovo, ArtChicago, Chicago, Illinois

2009 // Solo Show, Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, Soren Christensen Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana

2008 // Solo Show, Lighght, Gallery DeNovo,

Sun Valley, Idaho

2008 // Solo Show, Echoes of Sight, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

2007 // Solo Show, New Paintings, Fay Gold Gallery,

Atlanta, Georgia

2007 // Shadow Memories, Gallery DeNovo,

Sun Valley, Idaho

2006 // Solo Show, Soul Sessions, Gallery DeNovo, Sun Valley, Idaho

2005 // Solo Show, Long Shadows, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta

2004 // Gifts of Passage, Gallery DeNovo,

Sun Valley, Idaho

2004 // Solo Show, Travel Stains, Association for Visual Artist, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2004 // Solo Show, Sleep Stories With Separate Spheres,

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2002 // Solo Show, Budapest and Beyond, ArtFarm,

Atlanta, Georgia

2002 // Solo Show, New Works, Delta Technology Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Curriculum Vitae

Present- 2002   Artist // Melissa Herrington Art

Professional Full Time Artist

2012   M. Herrington Gallery, Venice CA,

Owner/Director

1997-2002  Vermilion Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1997- Internship // Museum of Fine Arts, Florida    

State University, Tallahassee Florida

1996- Internship // Museum of Fine Arts, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida

Artist in Residency

2016 Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia

2015 Cill Rialaig Residency, County Kerry Ireland

2012 LaSallian International Residency,

Tuscany, Italy

2010 CAMAC, Marnay sur Seine, France

2009 Sandberg Institute Fellowship,

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam, Holland

2006 Idyllwild center for the Arts, Paintings Edge Residency, Idyllwild, California

2014-2001 Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, Georgia

2002 Hungarian Multicultural Center, Budapest, Hungary

Education

2008, Otis College of Art and Design

Los Angeles, California MFA Studio Art

 

1997, Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida BFA Studio Art

Honors, Minor in Art History

Bibliography

2015 Anthropologie Feature

2013 Wall Street Journal March 8, 2013

2010 HANDless, Review Katie Schultz August

2010 The Yellow House, Book Cover author Robin Behn

2008 Where are the women? Review: Sabina Dana Plasse August 13, 2008

2005 Atlanta Journal Constitution, Review: Jerry Cullum L-3 April 17, 2005

2004 Chattanooga Times, Review: Ann Nichols D-6 September 19, 2004

2004 Atlanta Magazine pg 107 May 2004

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