Sing It to Me I, Mel Rea Abstract Ink, Acrylic and Powdered Graphite on Paper - Painting by Mel Rea
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Sing It to Me I, Mel Rea Abstract Ink, Acrylic and Powdered Graphite on Paper

2018

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'Sing It to Me I' is a medium size ink, acrylic and powdered graphite on handmade watercolor paper abstract piece created by American artist Mel Rea in 2018. Featuring an exquisite palette made of black, white, gold and yellow, this work on paper captures all the attention. Our eye is immediately drawn to the energetic splash of black color, surrounded by bold marks. The petite touches of white color that create a powerful diagonal, evoke the delicacy of a lily of the valley flower. The ensemble stands out beautifully on the yellow background that embraces all things with its deep presence. With its rich palette and its merry composition, this unframed work on paper will enliven any home beautifully. Mel began her artistic career as a devoted clay sculptor. However, as time passed, she began to long for a change. Several years back she explored new options while exhausting more mediums than she can recall. It was during this period that she discovered a small batch of beeswax left behind from the last of her grandfather's beehives. Mel's grandfather, Sam Sekerak, spent his childhood in Russia where he was inspired to build an apiary farm. His dream came true as an adult in the States where he built and farmed his own set of beehives. As a young girl, Mel felt such a sense of peace walking amongst her grandfather's hives. She developed a very deep connection, respect, and appreciation for Mother Nature. Like many artists, she is a constant source of inspiration. This connection along with that old batch of beeswax is what led my transition away from clay and into encaustic painting (painting with molten beeswax). She is grateful for the intense labors of the beautiful honeybee, and consider beeswax a unique gift to be treasured. As a strange twist of fate, her name is translated in the Greek word for "honeybee". She loves traditional Japanese pottery and contemporary Japanese painting. The soft satin finish of the beeswax along with the ability to incise elegant clean lines, was just what she'd longed to achieve. While many Japanese works of art juxtapose subtle softness beside bursts of vibrant colors, with encaustics she too could soften my light filled blues while keeping my reds and ochers intensely opaque. Composition and color in Mel's paintings are meant to reflect the emotional balance she draws from our natural world.

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 30 in. x W 22 in.H 76.2 cm x W 55.88 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number
    LU63833418961
  • Seller Reference Number
    83288
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