"Schawel’s forms hover on the surface, occasionally collide into one another, and act in dynamic tandem. There is a push and pull tension where some recede and others seem to come forward in the pictorial space, as she sets up a formal interplay between compositional elements. From aqueous stains to areas of hard-edged mineral density, the artist adapts her methods of application in search of a visual equilibrium within each image, and notes the importance of knowing when to hold back. This awareness translates in the successful and subtle evocation of atmospheric space" (Marguerite Brown, Curator).
Melinda Schawel holds a BA in Fine Art and Communication (The University of California, Santa Barbara) and a postgraduate degree in Printmaking (RMIT). She has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 1995 and has been selected for many prestigious commissions and prizes including the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2020, 2017), Whyalla Art Prize (2017), Nillumbik Prize (2021, 2016, 2015, 2013) and Fisher's Ghost Award (2015, 2012). She has been the recipient of residencies and workshops in Thailand, Belgium and Spain and her work has been published by Murtra Editions (Spain). Her work is held in major collections, such as the National Gallery of Australia and Artbank. Most recently, Melinda Schawel was commissioned by the City of Casey to create an integrated public art project. The artist lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
2021: Explore Sydney Contemporary; Nillumbik Art Prize, Finalist
2020: Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, Finalist
2020: Feature artist in The Artist Story
2020: Interviewed by Creative Road : Public Artists in Conversation
2019: Public art project - commissioned by The City of Casey, Melbourne
2018: Sydney Contemporary Art Fair Exhibition
2017: Whyalla Art Prize, Finalist
2017: People's Choice Award Winner - Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing
2017: Adelaide Perry Prize For Drawing Finalist
2017: Art Collector Magazine featured artist and exhibition.