Mel Brigg paints not because he wants to, but because he must. It is his compelling need to paint that allows him to express his feelings and ideas. Mel says this burning need to express himself sends screwed up signals from his brain to his hand which his hand tries constantly to ignore, and this takes his creative brain on a path into the unknown.

 Mel says “painting is a powerful way to make a statement about things that move you. You can present a beautiful, evocative landscape, or you can make a graphic statement about social injustice, tragedy or the singularity of the human condition.  Art can challenge you or it can sooth you, it can present you with the beauty of life or it can confront you with the fragility of life”. 

Born in 1950 in South Africa, Mel began painting full time in 1979. He is self-taught, with a career spanning 40 years on three continents, he is now an established artist who has called Australia home since 1993.  He is happily ensconced in his home and studio in Queensland.  

Noted for his support of institutions such as Child Welfare, Wild Life Trust, Save the Rhino Foundation, Mel has staged exhibitions to draw attention to political detainees and to give voice to things he feels passionate about. Since having arrived in Australia in 1993, Mel has supported the Sydney City Mission, the Variety Club of Australia, Save (Queensland branch) and Amnesty International. Through the significant stories he is compelled to paint, Mel takes the viewer on thoughtful journeys through life from simple joy to wry observations, and on into the human condition.

Solo Exhibitions

Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney - 2014
Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney - 2012
Work for the Blues, Bluecare, Sydney - 2012
Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney - 2011
Art Nuvo Gallery, Buderim - 2008, 2010
Wentworth Gallery, Sydney -  1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009
Mary McKillop, A tribute 1995. Began at the Sydney Powerhouse, followed by a National Tour. Art Gallery of South Australia and Parliament House Canberra. 
SCEGGS REDLAND Art Award - 1997
Tattersalls Club Art Prize Brisbane - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Wagner Art Gallery - 1995
Bush Children’s Art Exhibition - 1999
Von Bertouche Gallery - 2000
Porters Gallery - 2000
McGrath Gallery - 2001, 2003
Boyd Gallery - 2002
Ron Coles Gallery - 2004
Red Hill Gallery - 2004, 2010
Linton & Kay Gallery - 2005, 2007
David Hart Gallery - 2006
Work for the Blues
Bloemfontein - 1971, 1975, 1977
Johannesburg - 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988
Nelspruit - 1976, 1978
Springs - 1974, 1975
Cape Town - 1974, 1975, 1980, 1990, 2001
Rustenburg - 1990, 1991
Swellendam - 1992
Portugal, Gallery Portimao - 1989
Solent Gallery - 1989, 1990, 1991
Cannon Gallery - 1990
Oliver Swan Gallery, Cowes, Isle of Wight - 1991
South African Embassy - 1993

Corporate Collections

South African Embassies in Singapore, Canada and Belgium
Royal Exchange, London
Total Oil Collection, South Africa
Pellisier Museum, South Africa
Universities of Orange Free State and Stellenbosch, South Africa
Barclays Bank of Australia and South Africa
Standard Bank of South Africa
Numerous town councils and corporations across South Africa
Queensland State Government
Grain Corporation, Sydney
Housing Loans Insurance Corporation, Sydney
Bayer Australia Ltd, Sydney
Sisters of St Joseph, North Sydney
Care Australia
Optus Communications and private collectors throughout Australia
Burrawang West Station Art Collection, NSW, Australia
Mural for Mary McKillop Supercat, Sydney Harbour, Australia
Ehime Women’s College Art Collection, Ehime, Japan

Selection Publications

Salt Magazine, July 2010
Profile Magazine, July 2008
Weekender Magazine, feature interview June 2008
Salt Magazine, interview Winter 2008
Noosa Style Magazine, interview June 2008
Style Magazine, interview June 2008
Buderim Weekly, June 2008
Buderim Chronicle, June 2008
Coast Magazine, interview Spring 2008
The Record, winter 2006 cover (St Vincent de Paul)
Australian Artist
Bulletin Magazine
Australian Art Collector
Art and Australia 1993
Mary McKillop, A Tribute. Limited Edition cover Published by Andrew Wilson. 1995
Mary McKillop College Yearbook 1999
In The Picture (Year 8 text book on Australian and International Art) Oxford Press 1996
Reproductions by Swan Press, 1974
Almanac Publishers 1979 - 1990
Associated Industries 1980 – 1990
Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors, published by E Read 1988
The Bulletin magazine Australia 1996
The Promised Land by K Schoeman 1979
Auge International Feb 1982
Art and Artists of Southern Africa by Esme Berman

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