Johanna Melvin is an abstract painter whose work references architectural detail and the everyday experience of living in an urban/suburban environment. Her use of colour, form, gesture and hard-edges respond to the ordinary and sometimes extra-ordinary.
A starting point or inspiration for this process might be found in architecture: a window, an open door or a shadow cast along a wall. Other kinds of fleeting visual sensation informing the work and its preoccupation with the painterly and sometimes cursive, might be the incidental brush-marks found on a whitewashed window, city-scapes or found colour relationships in the urban environment that excite the eye.
At the root of her work is a love of colour and sense of freedom, a playfulness which is mediated by elements of control.
Johanna Melvin is showing a collection of her paintings at the forthcoming Affordable Art Fair in March 2024