HEMMENS, Melissa Rosalind

1974 - ?

Melissa Hemmens

Born at Portsmouth, Hampshire in 1974, daughter of David E. Hemmens and his wife Lilian G. née Peattie, who married at Portsmouth in 1966. She studied at Bay House High School, Gosport, Hampshire and was an art teacher in Secondary schools in London for 13 years studying for an MA in Printmaking at the Cambridge School of Art. About 2003 Melissa moved from West London to Suffolk where she is a printmaker specialising in relief prints mainly working with woodcut being inspired by the landscape and the people. Her first series of woodcut prints portrays life in a rural village with the images, characters portrayed as going about their daily lives with the artisit as a spectator. The second series concentrates upon illustrating the stereotypes of the people that live in different types of homes in Britain with each image representing a different letter of the alphabet and includes the type of housing and objects or animals that reflect the tastes and class of the people that might live that home. Melissa lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk and has exhibited her work at The Lounge, Bury St Edmunds; The Suffolk Art Society, Ipswich; The Highwaymans Gallery, Risby; The Tostock Art Show; Wyken Vineyard; The Lion House Gallery, Lavenham; St Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds; Needham Market Art Show; Fisher Theatre, Bungay and at MA Printmakers Show and R K Burt Gallery, London.

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