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Born 1950 in South Africa

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Mel is self-taught and started to paint full time in 1979. An artist whose career spans three decades and several continents, he is noted for his support of institutions such as Child Welfare, Wild Life Trust, Save the Rhino Foundation, and exhibitions staged to draw attention to political detainees. He founded the Swellendam Art Society. Mel left for Australia in 1993 to settle near Dungog in New South Wales. In Australia, Mel has supported the Sydney City Mission, the Variety Club of Australia, Save, and Amnesty International.

Solo Exhibitions
South Africa
Bloemfontein – 1971, 1975, 1977
Johannesburg – 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985,1986,1988
Nelspruit – 1996, 1978
Springs – 1974, 1975
Cape Town – 1974, 1975, 1997
Millenium Exhibition, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town 2000
Rustenburg – 1990, 1991
Swellendam – 1992

Portugal – Gallery Portofino – 1989
England – Solent Gallery – 1989, 1990, 1991
Cannon Gallery – 1990
Isle of Wight – Oliver Swan Valley – 1991
Singapore, South African Embassy – 1993

1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Mary MacKillop, A Tribute 1995
Power House Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia and Parliament House Canberra
Tattersalls Club Art Prize, Brisbane
1990 Exhibited at Mcgrath’s Gallery
2000 Solo show Newcastle, NSW
Calesstaro choice Von Bertauch Gallery
NSW, Panters Gallery Kenthurst NSW
2000 Mel completed a mural for the new Super Catamaran “Mary MacKillop” used as a ferry in Sydney Harbour. Also completed three works commissioned for “Burrawang West Station Art Collection” and sold two paintings to Keanu Reeves in Sydney.

SA Embassies in Singapore, Canada and Belgium; Royal Exchange in London; Total Oil collection South Africa; Pellisier Museum, South Africa; Universities of Orange Free State and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Barclays Bank South Africa and Australia; Standard Bank of South Africa.
Numerous Town Councils and corporations throughout South Africa.
Queensland State Government; Grain Corporation, Sydney.
Housing Loans, Insurance Loan Sydney; Sister of St Joseph, North Sydney; Amnesty International, Victoria; Opus Communications, Australia.
Many other large corporations and private collections throughout Australia.

Publications and Reviews:
Art and Australia 1993
Mary McKillop, a Tribute. Limited Edition Cover, published by Andre Wilson 1995
In the Picture (Year 8, Text Book on Australia and International Art), Oxford Press 1996. Reproductions by Swan Press 1974.
Almac Publishers 1979-1990
Associated Industries 1980-1990
Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors 1998
The Bulletin Magazine, Australia 1996
The Promised Land by K Schoeman 1979
Auge International 1982
Art and Artist’s of South Africa by Esme Berman

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Title: Swartvlei Lagoon
Size: 68 x 58 cm
Media: Acrylic
ID: 25011
Price: R35 000 Framed
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