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- Artist Bio
Glicee Print of Oil on Canvas
Has a sunny outlook on life, is philosophical, old fashioned, and a stewardess that loves the deep sea. 1976 Penthouse image.
Limited edition prints of 20 (A3), 20 (A1), available form the original oil painting (sold in 2009).
From the Retro Nude Collection.
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Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Melissa discovered her passion for realism at an early age, exploring with acrylics, sketches and moving into a more ‘Pop Art’ style during her early twenties.
Initially Melissa’s painting style used the dry brush technique, with acrylic paint. However, this was superseded in later years, with mentoring from New Zealand based artist Michael Mischewski, as she explored with oil paints, giving better depth of colour and flexibility in her work.
‘Pop Art’ and Realism have always influenced Melissa, interweaving her love of fashion, glamour and the female form. Her passion led her to a Diploma in Fashion, and this established a greater interest in fashion advertising, colour and structure. This amalgamation of ideas established Melissa as the ‘New Pop Realism’ artist, fusing the commercial constructs of Pop Art and Photo Realism together.
Melissa then moved to England for five years, completing two exhibitions and winning ‘Most Popular Painting Award’ in 2002. She also worked extensively on international commissions, before returning home to New Zealand on larger collections. Since then, her reputation as one of New Zealand’s most talented female artists has flourished. She has featured in several high profile publications including Her Magazine, Homestyle Magazine and Nightline.
In 2008 Sharplin’s sell out show, the iconic ‘Retro Nude’ collection, and has donated works to several charity events including; the Linwood High School Art Auction, the KIDSCAN ‘Stand Tall’ charity auction, and the Samoan Tsunami Relief Fund.
Demand for Melissa Sharplin’s work has grown exponentially. She now produces limited edition Giclee prints of her collections and exhibits new collections every year. In 2010, Melissa will tour internationally with her most compelling and beautiful exhibition yet, Swit-Swurl.