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. Find out more here.

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

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