UWE graduate presents first art exhibition in Bristol

Issue date: 25 September 2009

Central Bristol Zanny Mellor, a BA Hons Illustration graduate from the University of the West of England, will launch her first art exhibition since completing her studies in July, at The Square Gallery in Bristol on Wednesday 30 September.

Zanny's exhibition is a collection of abstract paintings of Bristol which look at movement in key city locations such as Clifton Suspension Bridge, the City Centre and the Triangle.

Zanny will exhibit her work along side artists Johnny De Mearns and Andy Stott and was personally approached by Tatiana Raikes, Membership Manager at The Square Club to participate in the exhibition. Her work was passed on to Square Gallery Curator, Catherine Raspail. Catherine said “Each piece draws attention to the interaction between the buildings and the people who use them. We are reminded that they are man-made environments; designed for people, but not always used for the purpose they were created. It is a privilege for the Square Gallery to host such a young and talented artist.”

Zanny's describes her inspiration for the paintings, “I first became inspired by buildings and the urban landscape in art through studying the work of American abstract artist, Julie Mehretu in the first year of my degree. I wanted to explore how to translate the concepts of time, space and movement into actual locations and spent hours studying and drawing the architecture and changes around the City Centre.

“I use geometric shapes and mark-making to document movement using tea-staining, acrylic paints, Indian ink and biro to create my paintings. I'm intrigued by movement and change in both the natural and human worlds and these paintings predominantly explore the 'hecticity' around a piece of architecture or man-made environment.”

Zanny Mellor won third prize in the Lloyds TSB 'Art of Nurture' illustration competition in 2008 whilst in her second year of study and was recently commissioned by UWE's School of Creative Arts to design the front cover of their new prospectus.

On this latest achievement Zanny said, “I was delighted to be commissioned to design the new front cover and to be able to give something back to the School. I really enjoyed doing the Illustration course at UWE, it's given me a great foundation to build on as an artist and in particular it taught me how to communicate my ideas through images and graphics.”

Gary Embury, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at UWE, said, “Congratulations to Zanny on opening her first exhibition in Bristol. It can be challenging for a new artist to get established in such a competitive environment, but this will be the perfect platform to launch her career as an artist, to network and develop new contacts in the art world. It's also a real acknowledgement of her talents that she was commissioned by the School to design the new prospectus front cover.”

Zanny Mellor is currently working on artwork for the album cover of the band Patch William and is excited about the launch, she said, “I'm really looking forward to the exhibition; it's an excellent opportunity to showcase my new work and to develop my client base as an artist. I hope to work with interior designers and architects in the future and would be proud to see my work displayed in a concert space or public building in the City Centre.”

The exhibition will be launched at The Square Gallery, The Square Club, 15 Berkley Square, Bristol on Wednesday 30 September. There is a private viewing from 19.00, RSVP to tatiana@thesquareclub.com, and the exhibition runs until 1 December. At the private view there will be music from Daniel Curtis and canapés will be served. Entry to the exhibition is free and open from 09.00-17.00 Monday-Friday. For more information on Zanny Mellor's artwork, see: www.zannymellor.com


Editor's notes

For more information on the Square Gallery, at the Square Club see: http://www.thesquaregallery.com/

For more information on Zanny Mellor's Lloyd's award winning entry in the 2008 Lloyds TSB 'Art of Nature' illustration competition, see: http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWENews/article.asp?item=1275&year=2008

For more information on the BA (Hons) Illustration course at UWE, see: http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/w224/2009

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