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Mel Brigg

The Arrivals, 2019

Mixed Media on Canvas
48 × 48 in
122 × 122 cm
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Sydney, Hong Kong
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Wentworth Galleries
Sydney, Hong Kong
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Born in 1950 in South Africa, Mel is self taught and started to paint full time in 1979. He is an …

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Born in 1950 in South Africa, Mel is self taught and started to paint full time in 1979. He is an artist whose career spans four decades and several continents, being an activist himself- depicting the contemporary misplacement of global population

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The Arrivals
Mel Brigg
South African, b. 1950
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Mel Brigg’s allegorical landscape paintings are populated with metaphorical imagery of people traversing the globe in search of unknowable things. Seamlessly blending textural and drip-like abstractions with figurative imagery, paintings such as Exodus and Arrivals bear a resemblance to those of Mark Tansey, whose grisaille images play with the conventions of narrative and representation. Born and raised in Apartheid South Africa before moving to Australia, Brigg is deeply devoted to the well-being of people and the planet, a commitment evident in his work. In Moon Passage, he skillfully re-creates the reflection of moonlight on a fantastically exaggerated plane over which a small group of people progress toward the glowing celestial body. Speaking of the recurring circles and orbs in his images, he says, “It highlights that person, his feelings of angst, arriving in a new strange land, and being different, as if in the spotlight, and being scrutinized by the locals.”

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Wentworth Galleries
Sydney, Hong Kong
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Born in 1950 in South Africa, Mel is self taught and started to paint full time in 1979. He is an …

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Born in 1950 in South Africa, Mel is self taught and started to paint full time in 1979. He is an artist whose career spans four decades and several continents, being an activist himself- depicting the contemporary misplacement of global population

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The Arrivals
Mel Brigg
South African, b. 1950
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Mel Brigg’s allegorical landscape paintings are populated with metaphorical imagery of people traversing the globe in search of unknowable things. Seamlessly blending textural and drip-like abstractions with figurative imagery, paintings such as Exodus and Arrivals bear a resemblance to those of Mark Tansey, whose grisaille images play with the conventions of narrative and representation. Born and raised in Apartheid South Africa before moving to Australia, Brigg is deeply devoted to the well-being of people and the planet, a commitment evident in his work. In Moon Passage, he skillfully re-creates the reflection of moonlight on a fantastically exaggerated plane over which a small group of people progress toward the glowing celestial body. Speaking of the recurring circles and orbs in his images, he says, “It highlights that person, his feelings of angst, arriving in a new strange land, and being different, as if in the spotlight, and being scrutinized by the locals.”

Mel Brigg

The Arrivals, 2019

Mixed Media on Canvas
48 × 48 in
122 × 122 cm
Contact For Price
location
Sydney, Hong Kong
Have a question? Read our FAQ.
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