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Barba Rossa

by Melodie Cook

Image Maker with an Eclectic Nature...

I make marks: I experiment constantly,I draw and redraw.I draw with twigs,with my left hand,with pot scourers,with erasers,fingers and sandpaper...with ink,bleach,pastel,charcoal,graphite and paint.
I sculpt,scrub and scrape,drip,rip and slash..
and then..
I photograph and photoshop,recreating and reinterpreting,creating multiple images from one original.

The human being is at the core of my work. I am fascinated by costume and how it is used to
denote or deny a presence.PROFILE

My career started as a photographic model working out of London,Paris,Hamburg and Milan.
I moved to Italy and stayed in the fashion industry but changed to freelance designing,collaborating with some of Italy's major brands including Stefanel, Benetton, Replay and La Perla.

After 18 years I decided to leave the fashion world behind as my passion for art became irresistible.

To this end I went back to school to study fine art at The Art Academy in London.

I am now beginning life as a professional artist.EXHIBITIONS

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibiton May 8th - 23rd 2014

 "The Story of the Creative" July 25th - Sept 10th 2013 (Digital Exhibition held by See.Me)

ANGEL ORENSANZ Foundation for Contemporary Art,172 NORFOLK ST NEW YORK NY

The Pastel Society Open Exhibition June 11th - 22nd 2013

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition  May 9th - 24th 2013

KPMG East London July - October 2012


"Red Monocle" - Winner of the Conte' a Paris Award Pastel Society 2013

"Ciro 30" - Winner of the Art Academy Drawing Award 2012 judged by Brendan Kelly