‘Orchid Darkened Bloom’ by Melanie Caple
Medium: Graphite on paper on black, Keaykolour Original Parchment 250gsm
Bio: Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from RMIT and holds a Masters of Arts Management. As an artist and curator, Melanie has worked in multiple capacities within the arts industry. Over the last 12 years she has developed her practice to incorporate finely detailed oil paintings and large-scale exterior murals. Examining our relationship with the botanical world around us with a focus on immortalising a sense of place, she uses native flora to activate walls and canvases to draw attention to the fragility and vibrancy of our landscape. Most recently she was an artist for Frankston’s Big Picture Festival in 2021 and 2022, a finalist in the 2019 KAAF Art Prize, the Winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award in the Roi Art Prize, and a finalist in the 2018 Collins Place Art Prize.
Artist Statement: Emerging in the dark, chilled nights that mark that end of winter, orchids put on a spectacular show. Seductive and opulent, I wanted to render this flora as they’d be seen in the dark, beautiful and intriguing.
Size: 29.7cm (w) x 42cm (h) x 0.5 cm (d)
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