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|Krystii Melaine is a figurative and portrait artist on a journey of artistic exploration of the people and animals of the American West. Classically trained in the realist tradition of the Old Masters, Krystii's goal is to capture the essence of each personality or creature and provides the viewer with a glimpse into their lives, using the richness and subtlety of oil paints on linen to tell their stories. |
Born in the Australian town of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Krystii Melaine was a quiet child who carefully observed the people and wildlife encountered in her life. Announcing at the age of four that she was going to be an artist, Krystii won her first art competition at seven. Constantly drawing and painting, she was selling paintings and accepting commissions by the age of fourteen. Following university studies in painting, drawing and graphic design, Krystii established her own fashion design company.
By her early twenties she had developed it into one of the largest bridal and evening-wear companies in Australia. Employing 50 staff and showing her designs around the world gave her great insight into human nature. Through the process of designing and fitting elaborate gowns for individual clients, Krystii gained an intimate understanding of the human form and the structure of clothing, and this knowledge informs her portraiture and figurative paintings today.
A burning desire to return to painting led Krystii to five years of study in traditional tonal realism with Australian artist, Graham Moore. Drawing on Moore's 80 years of artistic experience provided her with a strong background in portraiture, figurative and still life painting.
A trip to the USA in 1998 rekindled her fascination with the American West and was the catalyst for her ongoing quest to develop an artistic interpretation within the Western Art genre. Krystii paints to capture the many individuals encountered on her travels, recording moments in their contemporary lives, or re-creating the lives of their ancestors who shaped the history of America. Horses are an integral part of this rich tapestry of Western life, whether as the working partner of cowboys or an essential element of survival and culture for Native Americans. The distinctive wildlife of this region is another facet of Krystii's repertoire, rounding out her telling of the stories of the West.
In 2010, Krystii moved with her husband, author and historian Michael K. Cecil, from Australia to Spokane, Washington, to be closer to her favorite region and its people. In-depth research and hands-on experience informs her paintings, including making and beading the clothing and equipment for her Native American portraits. Once all the elements and details of a painting have been thoroughly researched and planned, Krystii sketches the composition in a loose wash of color and tone on a linen panel to establish the basic concept. Then painting alla prima, she begins at the focal point and completes each area as she works, paying careful attention to all of the myriad elements. She works to bring her subjects to life on the canvas, allowing viewers to personally connect with each person or animal and feel we know them.
Krystii's fine art is exhibited in museum exhibitions including Masters of the American West at the Autry National Center, Quest For The West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, The Russell at the CM Russell Museum, Cowgirl Up! at the Desert Cabaleros Western Museum, The Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Western Visions at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and Night of Artists at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.
Her awards include Best of Show 2D twice at Cowgirl Up! and once at Heart of the West, The Artist’s Choice Award at Cowgirl Up!, The Painting Award at the Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, the Western Award at the Scottsdale Salon, Best of Show at NatureWorks in Oklahoma four times, and many from the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia. Articles about her work have appeared in numerous magazines, and she has been featured in several books. Krystii has 18 paintings in permanent museum collections in the USA and Australia.
Krystii Melaine's compelling oil paintings document her personal journey of discovery in the American West, capturing the varied personalities and telling their stories with all the skills of a master artist.
*Moore-Callum School of Art, Ringwood, Victoria, Australia
*Five years studying traditional tonal oil painting techniques in still life, portraiture and landscape from life, with master artist Graham Moore.
*Stanley Street School of Art, North Adelaide, South Australia
*Two years studying life drawing, general drawing, graphic design, painting, lettering, and photography.
Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum – First Prize Two-Dimensional on Canvas 2012
Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum – Artist’s Choice Award 2012
Portrait Society of America – Honorable Mention, Members Only Competition-Outside the Box, & Best Portfolio 2012
Masters of the American West, Autry National Center – Award of Merit 2011 ?Scottsdale Salon, Legacy Galleries – Western Award 2011
Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum – First Prize 2 Dimensional 2009
Heart of the West, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame - Best of Show 2008
Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale – Painting Award 2004
Arts For The Parks – Award Of Merit: Bird 2002
NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show – Best of Show 2011, 06, 02, 01, Miniature Award & Best Body of Work 2000
Annual Wildlife Art Exhibition - Eltham Wiregrass Gallery - Most Popular Exhibit 2001, 00, 99, 98
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia - Best Australian Native Wildlife 1999, Highly Commended 2001, 98, 95
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia - Best Exhibit- runner up 1998, Best Oil 1997, Geoff Douglas Award 1994
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia - Peoples Choice - Most Popular Exhibit- 2000, 97, second 99, 98
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia - Peoples Choice - Most Popular Artist 1998, 97
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia - Artists Choice - Most Popular Artist- 1997, 96, second 99, 98
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia - Artists Choice - Most Popular Exhibit-1997, second 98
Alice Bale Art Award for Oil - Winner 1996, Finalist 99, 97, 95, Travelling Scholarship Finalist 1997
Toorak College Art Exhibition - Best Oil 1997
“Masters of the American West” - Los Angeles, California, annually from 2007
“Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale” - Cody, Wyoming, annually from 2003
“Cowgirl Up!” – Wickenburg, Arizona, annually from 2008
“The Russell” – C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, annually from 2010
“Heart of the West” – National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas, 2010, 09, 08
“Night of Artists” – National Western Art Foundation, Briscoe Museum, San Antonio, Texas, annually from 2008
“Quest for the West”, Indianapolis, Indiana, annually from 2010, and 2006
“American Miniatures” – Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, annually from 2010
“Mountain Oyster Club Art Show”, Tucson, Arizona, annually from 2008
“Birds In Art” - Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin, 2011, 10, 09, 08, 07, 04, 02, 01, 00, 99
“Western Visions - Miniatures and More”, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, annually from 2011
“Miniatures by the Lake” – Coeur d’Alene Fine Art Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, annually from 2010
“Miniature Masterpieces”, The Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona, annually from 2011
“Hold Your Horses”, The Phippen Museum, Prescott, Arizona, 2014
“NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show” – Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2013, 11, 08, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01, 00, Featured Artist 2003
Solo Exhibition 2014, 13, 12, 11, 08, 07, 06, 05 – Mountain Trails Gallery, Park City, Utah
Solo Exhibition 2014, 13 – Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming.
Three person exhibition 2010, two person exhibition 2009 – Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
“Legacy of Wildlife” – Legacy Gallery, Jackson, Wyoming, 2011, 10
Solo Exhibition 2008, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03 and group exhibitions -Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming
Big Horn Galleries, group exhibitions, Cody, Wyoming, annually from 2005
Decoys & Wildlife Gallery, Wildlife Art Weekends, Frenchtown, New Jersey, annually from 2002
Altermann Auction in Santa Fe, 2013
Dallas Fine Art Auction, Dallas, Texas 2012, 11
Texas Art Gallery Auction, Dallas, Texas 2009, 08
Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniatures Show, Fredericksburg, Texas, 2010
Krystii Melaine, Tom Gilleon & Allan Mardon, Borsini-Burr Galleries, Half Moon Bay, California, 2006
Summer Show, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona, 2007
“Art and the Animal” - Society of Animal Artists, 2004, 01, 00, 99
“IV Centuries of Birds” – Clarke Galleries, Vermont, New York and Florida, 2004
“Art of the Animal Kingdom” – Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, 2004
“Arts For The Parks” – Jackson, Wyoming, 2003, 02
National Geographic Society – Explorers Hall, Washington DC, 2002
“Southeastern Wildlife Exposition” – Charleston, South Carolina, 2004, 03, 02, 01, 00
“Florida Wildlife & Western Art Exposition” – Lakeland, Florida, 2000
Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Annual Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, 2004 & annually from 2001 to 1994
“Alice Bale Art Award”, Caulfield Arts Complex, Melbourne, Australia, 1999, 97, 96, 95
Annual Wildlife Art Exhibition - Eltham Wiregrass Gallery, Eltham, Australia, annually from 2004 to 1994
“Nature's Amazing Tapestry” - The Wise Possum Gallery, Sassafras, Australia, 2000, 99, 97
“A Walk on the Wildside” - Kerry Anne’s Akoonah Park Gallery, Berwick, Australia, 1999, 98, 97, 95
Solo Exhibition - Kerry Anne’s Akoonah Park Gallery, Berwick, Australia, 1998
Annual Wildlife Art Exhibition - Gull Cottage, Brisbane, Australia, 1999, 98, 96
Camberwell Art Show, Melbourne, Australia, 1999, 98, 97, 96
Queensland Wildlife Art Society Annual Exhibition, Brisbane, Australia, 1996
“Birds” - Boyd Fine Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia, 1996
“Krystii Melaine & Ron Muller” - The Valley Gallery, Steeles Creek, Australia, 1995
“Symbols of the West”, Western Art Collector, February 2014
“Untold Stories -- Krystii Melaine”, Western Art Collector, August 2013
“Explorations of Western Life – Krystii Melaine”, Western Art Collector, February 2013
“A Visual Journal of My Life – Krystii Melaine”, Art of the West, January-February 2013
“Cultural Crossover – Krystii Melaine”, Western Art Collector, June 2012
“Free Rein – Krystii Melaine”, Western Art Collector, February 2012
“The Studio”, Art of the West, July/August 2011
“Krystii Melaine – and Then I Met Graham Moore”, Wildscape Magazine, UK, June 2011
“Changes – Krystii Melaine”, Western Art Collector, February 2011
“Star Wars Art Visions”, George Lucas, 2010
“Best of Worldwide Oil Artists, Volume I”, Kennedy Publishing, August 2010, Cover image and inside.
“Translating the West”, Western Art Collector, February 2010
“Art and Soul – Krystii Melaine and Michael Dudash”, Western Art Collector, February 2009
“Krystii Melaine – Western History and Wildlife”, Western Art Collector, February 2008
“Capturing Life and Soul”, Homestead, 2008
“Big Names From Around The World – Krystii Melaine”, Wildlife Art, November/December 2007
“Love of the West”, Southwest Art, July 2007
“Australian Artist Krystii Melaine Painting the Essence of Life” Australian Quarter Horse Year Book 2006
“Stranger in Paradise”, Art of the West, November/December 2005
“Krystii Melaine’s Home Nourishes Her Art”, InformArt, Winter 2004
“Krystii Melaine, Wildlife Artist, Highlands & Country Living, November/ December 2004
“Krystii Melaine: Art Down Under”, Wildlife Art, November/December 2003
“Krystii Melaine, Wildlife, And The USA”, InformArt, Fall 2003
Feather and Brush: Three Centuries of Australian Bird Art, CSIRO Publishing, 2001
“Introductions: Krystii Melaine”, U.S. Art, August 2001
“Artists Around the World Breaking Down Barriers”, Wildlife Art, January/ February 2001
“Master Painters of the World”, International Artist, February/March 2000
“Wildlife Art, A Personal View”, The Bird Observer, Bird Observer’s Club of Australia, Sept. 1999
MUSEUM & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia USA
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin USA
Pearce Museum, Corsicana, Texas USA
Bennington Center For The Arts, Bennington, Vermont USA
Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, Arizona USA
George Lucas Collection, California, USA
Royal Australian Armoured Corps Memorial and Army Tank Museum, Puckapunyal, Vic, Australia
Royal Australian Air Force, Australian Command and Staff College, Weston Creek, ACT, Australia
Royal Australian Navy, Australian Command and Staff College, Weston Creek, ACT, Australia
1st Armoured Regiment, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Officers Mess, 1st Armoured Regiment, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Sergeants Mess, 1st Armoured Regiment, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
School of Armour Officers Mess, Puckapunyal, Victoria, Australia
Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville, Victoria, Australia
Corporate Teamwork collection, Peregian Springs, Queensland, Australia
Peoples Government of Pingdu Province, China
Submitted by the artist, May 2014
|Biography from Broadmoor Galleries:|
|Krystii Melaine is passionate about life and about art. "I'm fascinated by the appearance and behaviour of all living things, and by the process of expressing what I see in oil paint on canvas. Light, colour, and form inspire my work, and the subtle gestures of people and wildlife provide an endless source of new ideas to explore. To capture the essence of a wild creature or the personality of a friend and to share the wonders of life with others - this is what I live for!" |
Born in the Australian town of Bairnsdale, Victoria, Krystii Melaine spent much of her childhood observing the wild birds and animals in the forests surrounding her home. Announcing at the age of four that she was going to be an artist, Krystii won her first art competition at seven. By the age of fourteen, she was selling paintings and accepting commissions. Following studies in painting, drawing, photography and graphic design, Krystii set up her own fashion design company, and in the following years she developed it into one of the largest bridal-wear companies in Australia. A large staff manufactured her seasonal collections which were sold to outlets around Australia and New Zealand, while exclusive designs were sold through her own retail store in Adelaide. Krystii's elegant, sculptural gowns were also shown in Paris and London.
A burning desire to return to painting led Krystii to five years of study in traditional tonal realism and the oil-painting techniques of the old masters with the renowned Australian artist, Graham Moore. Drawing on Moore's 80 years of artistic experience provided her with a strong background in portraiture, still life and landscape painting. Her passion for wildlife and fascination for people became the major inspirations for her paintings. Travelling widely in search of her favourite subjects, Krystii combines field observations with research to gain understanding of the wildlife she encounters. Regular travels to the American West and time spent with cowboy friends have led to her more recent exploration of the life of modern working cowboys.
Through sketches and studies, her initial inspiration develops into a composition that expresses the visual and emotional impact of her experience with each creature or friend. Krystii develops her images with several layers of oil paint on canvas, absorbed by her subject and reveling in the paint itself. "I love the feel of oil paint, whether mixing intense colours or subtle tones, pushing around thick impasto or applying the thinnest of washes, laying down loose brushstrokes or fine details."
Working in a realistic style, Krystii combines accurate details with a soft, slightly loose application of paint. Her bold compositions project the amazing power of life with strength and conviction. Krystii also paints traditional portraits and still life using the methods of the Old Masters, where larger brushes and a direct approach portray the essence of the subject directly from life.
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