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Irving Contemporary
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11 Sep 2021 - 09 Oct 2021



MELANIE GOEMANS solo show: wander | wonder

NEW EXHIBITION: MELANIE GOEMANS, ‘wander | wonder’ (11.09.21 to 09.10.21)

We are delighted to be showing a collection of beautiful, sensitively observed paintings and etchings by artist Melanie Goemans at Irving Contemporary this autumn in Melanie’s solo show, ‘wander | wonder’. The paintings on display in the exhibition are mostly very recent works painted this year, further explorations of Melanie’s interest in the natural world and the wonder to be found in the places we walk through and past daily.

This is a small and carefully curated collection of beautiful works by a visual artist who has achieved recognition this year in her selection for the juried exhibitions of the ING Discerning Eye and John Moores Painting Prize, and I’m thrilled to show this group of paintings and etchings in the intimate space of Irving Contemporary’s gallery.

We will be showing ceramics by Celia Dowson and Robyn Hardyman alongside Melanie’s work.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 11th September and continues until Saturday 9th October.

The gallery will be open weekly during the exhibition as follows:

Tuesday 10am-3pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-5pm.

We will also open on Saturday 11th September and Saturday 9th October, 11 am-5 pm.

We are also happy to open by prior appointment outside of our regular hours – email vanessa@irvingcontemporary.com to arrange.


Melanie grew up in the Lincolnshire fens, spending time in Italy before studying Florentine Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (BA and MA) followed by Fine Art, Painting at the School of Art, University of Gloucestershire (MA). After a series of residencies and teaching posts, she relocated from London to Cambridgeshire and now works from her studio in Ely. Melanie has exhibited widely in solo and group shows across the UK including at the Florence Trust, London; Jerwood Space, London; Bridgeman Gallery, London; Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London; The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon; Josie Eastwood Fine Art, Winchester; Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance. Her work is held in corporate and private collections around the world, and has been selected for juried exhibitions including, most recently, the ING Discerning Eye (2020); and the John Moores Painting Prize (2020).


‘In the early morning I walk between the railway line and the river. Small seasonal shifts, incidental things we might usually rush past, become more noticeable walking the same paths like a ritual. I look at what is permanent and fixed, and what is transient and temporary, and conclude that everything is changing, even in this moment. What I photograph and paint is not there now, and the painting becomes like a ghost, a trace of a memory of something that inevitably will never be exactly the same again.

Working from projections of photographs I’ve taken, I trace the lines loosely with a fine square ended brush, and the marks build up the complicated patterns of the whole. Using traditional materials and composition, my work gives these fleeting moments status and draws attention to their value.’ – Melanie Goemans, 2021

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