I grew up in the northeast on a hilltop just outside Durham City. Open spaces are very important to me and feature a lot in my work. I like to lose myself in these landscapes as I paint, a contrast to the reality of living in the vibrant and bustling city of Brighton on the south coast of England.
I studied Sculpture at the University of Northumbria in 95-98.
Since 2020 I’ve come back to find painting as a way to express myself and now can’t remember life when this wasn’t part of my every day.
My paintings are expressions of my memories and dreams. Always looking for the magic, I love the mystery of the night, this often is the time of day I choose for my paintings. I like the way the limited visibility opens up space for the imagination.
I work from home in a designated studio space, a home that I share with my husband and two young boys.
My main avenue on social media is Instagram @melaniehickmore_art. I love the freedom of Instagram and enjoy using it as an art journal to document a variety of finished artwork, process reels, behind the scenes, sketchbook work and inspiration.
2021 November - The Wooden Box, Ramsgate - 'Spring' selected for a group exhibition to celebrate the gallery opening.
2022 May - Joint Open House with Samatha Anderson as part of the Adur Arts Trail
2022 October - Sussex Contemporary - 'Wild Garlic Pesto' selected for a group Exhibition at the i360 Brighton
2022 October - Artist Spotlight - Broomhall Life Drawing classes held a class inspired by my life drawings
2022 November - Do Not Obstruct Gallery, Kemptown, Brighton. 3 x paintings (The Lake, Meditation, The Coffee Pot) selected for a group exhibition 'Not Another Estate Agent' 4-25th November