Monday, December 16, 2013

PAIR: a group show at Proto Gallery in Hoboken New Jersey

Exhibition Card

 Exhibition Card, reverse

My works in the show:

photo by Karen Baumeister

I am so honored to be in such a show with 19 other fabulous painters! Many thanks to the curator, Ian White Williams and Nick De Pirro at Proto Gallery for all of their hard work.

If you are in the Hoboken area, please visit Proto Gallery to view this wonderful exhibition! The show is on view through February 9th 2014.

Thanks so much.

For more coverage on the show, please visit Anne Russinof's great blog: Gallery Travels

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Updated painting website invitation

Phillip J. Mellen 

I have just updated my website with seven recently completed paintings. There is a total of twenty two new works from 2013. Please visit my website by clicking the image above. 

Thank you so much.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Small shaped paintings on foam

13" x 9" acrylic and house paint on foam 2013

How we made it through the arboretum 
12" x 10" acrylic and house paint on foam 2013

the canary and the cardinal
13" x 9" acrylic and house paint on foam 2013

I have been working on rigid foam, off and on, for a couple of years. I have made a few constructions with them in the past and enjoy watching it change my approach to painting. 
It is very easy to cut and shape. It holds its rigidity and has a nice 2" depth and really has a nice presence on the wall. The behavior of paint on the surface is very interesting. It holds washes nicely as well has thick and opaque paint applications.

Here are some works from the past, using the same material:

pull toy 
21" x 21" x 18"
foam, wood, plastic, acrylic paint, rope and casters

 monologue with yellow and purple
5" x 13" foam, wood and acrylic paint

I hope you enjoy these works, thank you!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Two more from my collaboration with Stephen B. MacInnis

Here are two more pieces from my collaboration with artist, Stephen B. MacInnis. I have submitted some poems and short texts to Stephen and he is adding painting elements and media. These two are both 12" x 12" mixed media on paper. 

click paintings to enlarge

To see more from our collaboration, please use this link to visit a previous post on this blog: More collaborations

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Interview on Studio Critical

I had the great pleasure of being interviewed on a blog authored by painter Valerie Brennen. I have been a reader of Studio Critical for years and am very honored to be part of a wonderful archive of interviews with some other great artists.

One of my new works featured on the blog:

18" x 11", acrylic and house paint on foam, 2013


I would like to invite you to the interview and perhaps you will gain some insights about my process and work. You can visit the feature here: Studio Critical interviews Phillip J. Mellen
Thank you.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Blurb on Painters' Table

I was recently featured on Structure and Imagery, a blog by Paul Behnke. As part of Behnke's "In Process" series, he takes a look at two of my paintings during the process. 
Well, Painters' Table, a fantastic collection of art related links from the blogosphere, put together a short mention inviting readers to visit the "In Process" feature! I am really grateful and excited to be mentioned on such a site. Here is a screen shot: 

Click image above to visit the Painters' Table feature

If you would like to visit the full feature, please click this link: Structure and Imagery

Thanks so much

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Feature on Structure and Imagery

I was recently featured on Paul Behnke's blog titled Structure and Imagery for his "In Process" series. This series takes a close look at the process of a painting(s) in various stages while working. These two paintings are the focus of my feature.

 I blew out all of the candles in one go, 2013, acrylic and latex on foam, 24 x 18 in.

You have no new messages, 2013, acrylic and latex on foam, 24 x 16 in.

I would like to invite you to visit Behnke's blog to see where these paintings came from and where they went during the painting process. You can visit the feature here: Structure and Imagery

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Collaboration: Stephen B. MacInnis, Phillip J. Mellen

Stephen B. MacInnis and I have begun a collaboration. Using my short poems and musings, coupled with Stephen's paintings. I have mailed Stephen a sheet of my writings and he is then making paintings that have my writings as an element. His paintings still remain bright and highly abstract, even though my texts usually explore love and other mysteries.
I hope you enjoy this post, holding the first three paintings in this ongoing series.
Please visit Stephen's blog, there you will find more of his work along with a great interview series he has been putting together: Painter's Progress

All paintings are 12" x 12" mixed media on paper

click on paintings to enlarge 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Poetry vs. Painting: Switched at birth.

This post is an audio recording of a conversation between myself and artist, educator and poetry lover Alastair Eales. Sparked by the opening question posed by Alastair, we investigate the process of poetry and painting and all of their separate qualities and elements. I became the interviewee, in a sense, as I write both poetry and make paintings. In this recording, you will find several attempts at uncovering the differences between the two. As the conversation moves on you will realize that I, and possibly Alastair as well, often fall for the mystery and nuance, of the two artforms, and the creative process in which they are composed. This mystery nearly erases the divide between these two siblings. A confusion appears to set in as I often lose my way in this conversation as the two expressions, and the line between them, blur beyond recognition.
Throughout the discussion, 'painting and poetry' slowly reveal themselves as 'painting/poetry' and vice-versa. Alastair and I set out to reveal the clarity of their separation and compartmentalization, but what we found was a trap and a conundrum. 

 poem by Phillip J. Mellen

 painting by Phillip J. Mellen

More poetry and writings by Phillip J. Mellen: the last love letters

blog by Alastair Eales: blog

Mentioned in the conversation:

 Albert Camus

 Allen Ginsberg

 Anais Nin

 “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” 

― Ana├»s Nin

 Andy Warhol

 Arom Saroyan

poem by Arom Saroyan

 Benjamin Hoff
author of "The Tao of Pooh"

 Jack Kerouac

 Jackson Pollock

 John Cage

 Mike Batt

 Piero Manzoni

 Stephen Fry

Yves Klein

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A Retrospective 2010-2013: In blog form.

Greetings, and welcome to my (blog) retrospective. Here you will find images of selected works spanning the last three + years of my painting process and output. These are paintings I have grown to and through. Some thought bits that pop into my head, while painting, are also included for extra dramatics. I hope you enjoy this survey of my work. Cheers!

 "Vignettes" 40" x 40" wood plank, acrylic on canvas 2010

"Let Us Eat Cake" 30" x 30" acrylic on canvas 2010

"Sometimes I get so caught up in painting that I forget to paint."

"The broad side of a barn" 12" x 12" acrylic on museum board 2011

 "Is there a bug in my hair? Like a locust?" 9" x 12" acrylic on museum board 2011

"I love it when a painting meets you halfway, and walks you through itself."

 "Thought Bubble Gum Attack-A-Lacka" acrylic on canvas, 36" x 60" 2011

"Untitled (silly bands study)" pile of silly bands 2012

 "Sometimes pink is a nice color" 12" x 12" acrylic on canvas 2012

"Tea and cake with Wayne Thiebaud" 12" x 12" acrylic and latex on canvas 2013

 "Untitled (street map)" 24" x 20" acrylic and latex on foam 2013

"I go to the store, I buy colors I like and I don’t use all of them all the time."

 "I just brushed my teeth and you can still see my breath"
16" x 18" acrylic and latex on foam 2013

 "You have no new messages" 17" x 24" acrylic and latex on foam 2013

"I'm a painter, I have no answers."