Current Exhibition: Grasshopper Tendencies

Grasshopper Tendencies by Mel Davies: 4th july - 13th september 2020


We are proud to present a new exhibition of work by local artist and Sunny Bank Mills studio holder Mel Davies. Mel’s statement oil paintings tell stories and explore themes such as myth, folklore and local history.

He uses characteristically colourful oils to paint vivid scenes, be it Yorkshire streets, mills, wild gardens or mysterious characters and dramatic scenarios. There’s always hidden meaning or tiny clues enveloped in his frenetic brush strokes and intense use of colour. Even his monumental abstracts are full of narrative.

Mel studied at Jacob Kramer College (now Leeds Arts University) and has exhibited in the Sunny Bank Mills Gallery since its inception in 2013. He is also our head life drawing tutor and has been running internationally successful life drawing classes on Facebook throughout lockdown.

The exhibition also features work by Zoe Eady, Fiona Mazza, Hannah Nunn, and Lorna Gilbert.

“I had jumped around from subject to subject, which was all down to my “grasshopper tendencies”. Having once confessed to this, it became a phrase that stuck.”

Mel Davies
Hannah Nunn
Lorna Gilbert
Fiona Mazza
Zoe Eady

Paintings for sale


Zapata the Revolutionary

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
4ft x 3ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£2500
£250 per month with Own Art

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Harehills

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
140 x 106cm framed
£1800
£180 a month on Own Art

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Hot Ice

Mel Davies
Oil on Panel
133 x 103cm framed
£2000
£200 a month on Own Art

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Ladder backs Pthalo Blue

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
2ft x 2ft (frame adds 4 inches)
£800
£80 per month with Own Art

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Red haired girl in Fair Isle cardi

Mel Davies
Oil on canvas
£1850
£185 per month with Own Art

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Leeds Bridge Dawn

Mel Davies
Oil on canvas
100 x 75cm unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£1600
£160 per month with Own Art

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Sicklejay’s Nightmares

Mel Davies
Oil on Panel
2.5ft x 1.5ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£900
£90 per Month with Own Art

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The Lake Folly

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
2.5ftx1.5ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£1000
£100 per month with Own art

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Seven o’clock woods

Mel Davies
Oil on canvas
100cmx 75cm unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£1400
£140 per month with Own Art

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My Garden first snow

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
2ft x 2ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£900
£90 per month with Own Art

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Excited Pegasus in a Frosty Orchard

Mel Davies
Oil on Panel
4ft x 3ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£2,200
£220 per month with Own Art

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My Garden II

Mel Davies
Oil on canvas
100 x 75cm unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£2000
£200 per month with Own Art

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The Navvy at Rodley Bottoms

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
3ft x 2ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£1400
£140 per month with Own Art

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Old Leeds Bridge

Mel Davies
Oil on panel
6ft by 4ft unframed
£3500
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High Noon

Mel Davies
Oil on canvas
4ft x 3ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£1700
£170 per month with Own Art

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Nothing much happened at the weekend

Mel Davies
Oil on Panel
2ft x 2 ft unframed (frame adds 4 inches)
£850
£85 per month with Own Art

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My Garden

Mel Davies
Oil on linen
5ft x 4ft unframed
£3000
Ask us about Own Art

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