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Lyn Mellady
Lyn Mellady is a 6th generation Australian and paints the images, atmospheres, light and colours of the Australia she loves. She still haunts the waters edge in many weathers gaining continuing satisfaction from its solitude, its life, its constant change yet timeless permanence.Her latest challenge is to capture the energy and character of waves as they interact with the shore.. Adept with both oil or pastel, Lyn works frequently with the soft pastel medium (pure, compressed art pigment with very little binder - the same pigment used in both oil and w/colour but without liquid content.) In 1964, Lyn was introduced to oils at teachers college and in 1966 she graduated with a distinction for art. By 1981, after being very involved with ballet, primary teaching, art education and raising a family, her own artwork took priority. Thousands of kilometres of travel are now the starting point for her paintings portraying what she describes as the untamed, but beautiful nature of our rivers, beaches and forests. Back home, work in the studio is a result of being on site absorbing the varying images, atmospheres, light and colours. She interprets and paints, drawing from her photographs, notes and sketches as data to back up her thought for the painting. In 1997 she dropped her previous marriage name Gorman from Lyn Gorman- Mellady to paint under the more accurate Lyn Mellady Lyn's work has now won many dozens of awards, and commendations including Finalist in the International Pastel landscape Excellence Awards 2001. She appears in six art reference books including '50 Australian Artists' 'About Face, permanent collection and Worlds Best Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil Artists 2010 & 11 by Kennedy Press. Four paintings were reproduced by Art Publications(sold out). Her work hangs in five government collections; Frankston and her Sister City Susumo, Sutherland, Campbelltown and Nagoya. Lyn Mellady paintings are owned by corporate and private collectors on 5 continents. Lyn shares her love of painting with classes, demonstrations for art societies and judging. Lyn was a councillor and 'Hues' Editor for 4 years from 1993 of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists and President in 2000 & 2001. During this term she was instrumental in establishing the annual 'Australian Art Excellence Medallion', The process of earning A.G.R.A. signatory fellowship independently from 'in house' decisions was also established. She has also maintained the AGRA web site from 2000 - 2014…. In 2004, Fusion Six was formed - 6 artists working on a major portrait project. This resulted in a unique portrait collection which toured Government Regional Galleries in 2008 -09 &10. In 2011 Fusion6 launched - Detour. This took three years of collaboration. It is based on the detour that six young people have taken that bought them into contact with Melbourne City Mission. What qualities do these people now portray? In 2011 Lyn and her husband Brian opened the Brialyn Boathouse Gallery in Frankston representing Australian Fine Artists, jewellers and potters. Lyn Mellady's work can be found in selected galleries in Victoria and N.S.W.. MEMBER:-Charter member of Landscape Artists International, Fusion Six, Pastel Society of Victoria, Fellow and Life Member of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists. EXHIBITIONS:- Solo/Group 1977 - Vivian Gallery NSW 1979 - Sister City Invite Sutherland NSW 1980 - Sister City Invite Sutherland 1990 - Fleece & Spindle Frankston Vic 1991 - White Hill Gallery Vic 1992 - Mildura Regional Gallery 1993 - Tuscany Galleries Vic 1993 - Garth Gallery Vic 1993 - Hamilton & Sale Regional Galleries Touring Exhibition 1994 - Garth Gallery Blairegowrie 1994 - Peninsula Gallery, Sorrento Vic 1994 - Sylvania Gallery NSW 1995 - Sylvania Gallery 1995 - Warrnambool . . . Regional Gallery. 1996 - Mall Galleries .London , England 1996 - Casa Marciana Prahan 1996 - Akoonah Park ,Berwick Vic 1996 - ARTRIO Exhibition -Sherbrooke Art Gallery Vic Artrio=Lyn Mellady, Di King & Kaye Childs Roberts 1997 - Tuscany Galleries Healesville 1997 - ARTRIO Exhibition Sylvania Gallery NSW 1997 - Akoonah Park Gallery Berwick 1998 - Garth Gallery – Blairegowrie Vic 1999 - Sylvania Gallery NSW 1999 - Mulgrave Gallery Vic 2000 - Aspects Gallery Blairegowrie Vic 2001 - Mulgrave Gallery pastelists 2002 - Tuscany Galleries 2002 - Brushmen of the Bay exhibition Manyung Gallery , Mt Eliza 2002 - Cronulla Gallery NSW 2003 - Tuscany Galleries 2003 - Dromana Estate Gallery 2003 - Manyung Gallery, Brushmen of the Bay 2003 - Mulgrave Gallery 2003/4/5- Morning Star Estate Restaurant -Mt Eliza 2004 - AGRA Galleries with Malcolm Webster 2006 - AGRA Galleries with Catherine Hamilton and Sandra Dare 2006 - Arlington - Fusion 6 exhibition 2006 - Sorrento Fine ArtGallery with John Bredl 2007 - Wyreena Gallery at Croydon 2007 - FusionSix 'About Face Exhibition at Glen Eira City Council Gallery 2008 - FusionSix About Face Exhibition Bundaberg Regional Gallery 2008 - FusionSix About Face Exhibition Wangaretta Regional Gallery 2008 -FusionSix About Face Exhibition La Trobe Regional Gallery 2009 - Sorrento Fine Art Gallery - Bredl, Hyatt , Mellady, Talacko, 2012 - Brialyn Boathouse Gallery - Frankston AWARDS:-Dozens of Awards including Best Pastel Painting - 1992,1997,and Best Painting to $750 , 1990 Our Lady Sacred Heart College Bentleigh Best Pastel Painting - Toorak College Mt Eliza 1990 Best Oil Painting - Rosebud Art Show 1998 Sponsors Aquisitive Prize to $1500 Chelsea Art Show 1989, 1990, 1991 Best Pastel -Frankston/Myer Centenary Award 1988 Peoples Choice 3 years in a row-Frankston Mclelland Guild Myer Exhibition 1986, 1987, 1988. Best Painting to $750 Pastel Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition 2000 Best Environmental Painting -Dromana Rotary 2004 Best Landscape/River/Lake –Pastel Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition 2003 Best Local Landscape – Frankston 2004 Best Seascape - Pastel Society of Victoria Annual Exhibition 2004 Best In Show - Autumn Art & Craft Dromana 1996, 1998 Best In Show - Pastel Society of Victoria Annual Exhibiton 2002 Best in Show - Frankston 2005 Best Pastel Painting- Sorrento Art Show 2006, Best Peninsula subject - Rosebud Art Show2006 Best Pastel Painting - Rosebud Art Show 2007 Best Pastel Painting - Chelsea Art Show 2007 Best Pastel Painting - Mt View Art Show 2007 Best Pastel Painting - Sorento Art Show 2008 Best Local Scene - Frankston Art Show 2008 Best Pastel Painting - Chelsea Art Show 2009 Best Pastel Painting - Kingston Trust Art Show 2010 Best Pastel Painting - Chelsea Art Show 2010 Best Pastel - Sorrento 2012 Best Seascape - Pastel Society of Victoria 2012 Best Seascape - Pastel Society of Victoria Australia 2014 Ming Makay Award (peer Voted) Pastel Society of Victoria Australia 2014 AGRA Australian Art Excellence Awards -Packing Room Award Publications:- Worlds Best Portrait & Figurative Artists 2012 - Kennedy Press Luminous Colour - Pastel Artists of Australia - Linda Hibbs Detour - The Collection by Fusion6 Worlds Best Pastel Charcoal and Pencil Artists 2011 - Kennedy Press Worlds Best Pastel Charcoal and Pencil Artists 2010 - Kennedy Press ABOUT FACE The story of the Permanent collection by FusionSix. Featured in Australian Palette no 37 August 2005. 'Master Pastelists of the World'- Australia's representative in 'Australian Showcase' - Pastel Artist International, No 14 April 2002 The Australian & New Zealand Guide to Artists & Galleries (listed as Lyn Gorman-Mellady)--Max Germaine Australian Artists Today Vol. 3 - Graeme Norris Fifty Australian Artists Vol 1 - John Mutsaers Artists Ink. Hues featured artist Vol 1994 Antiques and Art 1997, 2002,2004 Articles written and published on behalf of The Australian Guild of Realist Artists launching The Australian Art Excellence Medallion Award in 2000. Articles written and published on behalf of the Brushmen of the Bay 2002. An Oil & a Pastel painting published as prints by Art Nouveau Print Publications (1996) Two Pastel paintings published as prints by Art Publications(1998) Set of 6 limited reproductions featuring detailed graphite drawings of Sydney .
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