Melissa Scott-Miller ‘London Paintings’
27th February – 27th March 2021
Above: ‘Islington front garden’ detail.
Melissa Scott-Miller NEAC RBA RP
Melissa studied at the Slade School of Fine Art where she was taught by Jeffrey Camp, Patrick George, Leonard McComb and Lucien Freud.
This exhibition takes you on a walk from Mayfair and St James’s to Bloomsbury, Clerkenwell and Columbia Road, interspersed with views of Islington back gardens.
“I have always painted and drawn the world around me, from observation. I like to try to capture the light and weather conditions, and I will either paint the view out of my window or a window from a building in London or I go out with a portable easel. The places I’m drawn to are either places I’ve passed or spent time in, in my 61 years of living in London or sometimes I’m commissioned to paint somewhere and then I discover new places. I love the colours and textures of London brickwork and pavements and I like to focus in on what I see and get really involved in the details, I feel I want to tell the whole story and paint even the bins in the parks and the satellite dishes on the rooftops. This last year has been so unique, I enjoyed the challenge of having to be inside and indulging my love of my view out of the window and then when I could go out I went to some places that I’d always wanted to paint but felt the traffic of people would make it to difficult, but this year the streets were more deserted. When I’m outside painting I go into a reverie of memories of childhood and think about the history of a place. If I put people or dogs into my street scenes they are usually my own two adult children and my dog Joey.I use very small brushes but lots of paint and my heroes are Van Gogh, Stanley Spencer and Carel Weight.”
“All these paintings have involved quite a few trips to paint, like even the smaller ones were maybe about five visits of two or three hours.”
Melissa Scott-Miller January 2021
Above: ‘Spring back gardens’ Oil on canvas. 120 x 100cm
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