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Melissa Hartley, a London-based abstract painter and muralist, graduated from Central Saint Martins in BA Fine Art in 2019. She interprets her surroundings by focusing on bold colours and architectural forms. Melissa paints to portray emotions through a visual sense, typically using colour to control the energy and direct the eye. Within her work paint is formulated through symmetry and kaleidoscopic forms using precision and balance that references hard-edge painting. She distils geometric abstraction that explores the relationships between space, shape, colour and light, while blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture. 



Central Saint Martins, BA Fine Art, with DPS Year, 2015-2019               

Leeds College of Art, Foundation Diploma, 2014-2015


Winner of People's Choice for The Hix Award 2019
Winner of The Slate residency, Thailand, 2019
Shortlisted for ACS Studio Prize, 
Finalist of From Studio Lockdown Open Call, 2021 
Winner of a selected postcard for Fabric Magazine, International Women's Day, 2021


AucArt Lab Residency, London​, 2019


The Other Art Fair, London, 2023

The Matchbox Exhibition, Metre Sq, London, 2023
London Lighthouse Gallery - Spring Exhibition, London, 2023

Freya Fine Art - 'Loading', Online Exhibition, 2022
ReCultivate  - 'Cultivate', Online Exhibition, 2021
Curaty - 'Resilience', London, Pop-up exhibition, 2020
Art on a Postcard Auction, International Women's Day, 2020

The Menier Gallery - 'SHOW OFF!', London, 2020

The Auxiliary - 'Slow Burn', Middlesbrough, 2020

The Auction Collective X Motley - 'The Crossover', London, 2019

Hix Art - 'Hix Award', London, 2019

Brownsword Hepworth - 'The Summer Exhibition', London, 2019

Degree Show One, Central Saint Martins, London, 2019

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