Melissa Doherty is best known for her rich and near photo-real aerial landscapes of deep, velvet green trees amidst stark rooftops, compositions that often resemble architectural models. She says, “I’m interested in how we perceive landscape, and the history of landscape tradition with its assertions and sentiments of identity and power. The grand tradition of landscape painting looks outward at frontier space. By contrast, an “engagement” with the aerial view offers a re-presentation of the landscape. As we look downward to a piece of uncompromised introspection, conventional views of the world are revisited. The manufactured heroism found in traditional landscape is supplanted in these works by a manufactured intimacy.”
Doherty graduated with Honours in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo in 1993 and is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and that of Sir Elton John. Doherty lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario.
—Courtesy of Waddington's
Signature: Signed, titled and dated 2005 on the overflap
Rattray, Michael. Catalogue essay, Melissa Doherty: Vignette, Galerie Art Mur, Montreal, 2008.
Private Collection, Ontario
Bau-Xi Gallery Ltd., Vancouver