Thursday, September 24, 2015


I wanted to share some great news! I will be a part of Wanderer, an international group show featuring the work of:

Matthias Bausch / Dresden, Germany
Karl Bielik / London, UK
Edward Clayton / London, UK
Judith Farr / Lleida, Spain
Marielle Hehir / London, UK
Erin Lawlor / London, UK
Jai Llewellyn / Glasgow, UK
Phillip J Mellen / NY, USA
Fran O'Neill / NY, USA
Winnie Seifert / Dresden, Germany
Sabine Tress / Bonn, Germany

This exhibition is curated by artist Matthew Macaulay of Pluspace, Coventry. Held at Angelika Studios in High Wycombe outside of London!

I'm honored to be grouped together with so many artists and their work that I admire. Photos to come soon!

For more info on the show, please visit here: Angelika Studios

Thanks for your support!  



Monday, July 27, 2015


I am in a group show opening this Thursday, July 30th, titled GOING BIG! The show features 111 artists in total, from around the US, and is not to be missed. If you are in the New York City area, I would like to invite you to the show. GOING BIG is on view through August 28. More info below.
 Image by Robert Gregson
Click on image to visit Central Booking website.

Opening Party July 30th 6-8pm
21 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002

*Closing Party: August 28 5-7pm

Exhibiting Artists:
Alan Van Every
Altoon Sultan
Andrew Small
Andy Cunningham
Anne Russinof
Arlene Rush
Assunta Sera
Barbara Laube
Barbara Marks
Barbara Slitkin
Bascha Mon
Bernard Klevickas
Betty Carroll Fuller
Beverly Fishman
Binnie Birstein
Blossom Verlinsky
Bonny Leibowitz
Brian Cypher
Cameron McMunn Coffran
Carl Hazlewood
Carol Radsprecher
Carol Salmanson
Caroline Blum
Carolyn Louise Newhouse
Connie Goldman
David Miller
David Taylor
Debbie Hesse
Dee Shapiro
Diane Englander
Donna Ruff
Doug Holst
Eliot Markell
Elizabeth Gourlay
Elizabeth Riley
Frankie Gardiner
Fred Gutzeit
Galen Cheney
George Blaha
Gerry McLean
Grace Graupe-Pillard
Heidi Pollard
Helen Crawford
Helen O’Leary
James Prez
Jane Catlin
Janet Lage
Jeanne Heifetz
Jeanne Tremel
Jill Vasileff
Joan Fitzsimmons
Joan Mellon
Joanne Mattera
Jonathan Cowan
Jonathan Edelhuber
Jordan Nodelman
Joy Bush
Joyce Miller
Judy Pfaff
Judy Rifka
Julia Schwartz
Julie Alexander
Julie Torres
Karen Schifano
Karen Schiff
Karleen Loughran
Kathy Goodell
Kevin Daly
Krista Svalbonas
Kyle Gallup
Laura Moriarty
Liz Pagano
Louisa Waber
Maggie Sullivan
Marc Salz
Marion Belanger
Mary Bucci McCoy
Meg Atkinson
Megan Geckler
Melanie Parke
Nancy Baker
Nancy Natale
Nick Gaetano
Noe Jimenez
Pam Farrell
Peter Reginato
Peter Williams
Phillip J. Mellen
Ravenna Taylor
Rebecca Young
Ricardo Paniagua
Richard Bottwin
Richard Kooyman
Rita Valley
Robert Gregson
Roy Staab
Ruth Hiller
Sky Pape
Steven Baris
Susan Breen
Susan Carr
Susan Cutler Tremaine
Susan Knight
Susan Post
Susan Scott
Suzan Shutan
Tamar Zinn
Taro Suzuki
Tracey Physioc Brockett
Valerie Brennan

 Thank you for your support!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Poem: My Eyes Rumbled and Swelled


I have been making the habit of keeping a pen and some paper at my bedside. This poem was drafted by this new exercise in writing and recording my thoughts. I wrote My Eyes Rumbled and Swelled a few evenings ago and edited and tweaked it just yesterday during the overcast of the morning. I hope you will give a listen and that you enjoy this, one of my most intense poems to date. 

My Eyes Rumbled and Swelled

The back of my eyes rumbled and swelled,
and she danced up-side-down

saying that she is coming home with me-
I tripped down damp pavements,
we survived

we lay-
and I watched the blurry shadows on the ceiling,
as we shared our trapped bodies-
in perfect penmanship

when things dried up-
and the clouds cleared,
I poured dirt upon my bed,
to bury the memory

well, it sprouted again this Spring,
my eyes rumbled and swelled.


July 2015

Thank you for your support! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Usual Suspects

Dawn's shore
9 x 12 inches
acrylic on canvas

One of two paintings I have in The Usual Suspects.

The Usual Suspects is a group show at Wright Gallery.

This show is curated by Sabine Tress.

Show info:

The Usual Suspects
Opening Reception 
Monday July 6th 6-9pm
210 Mill Street
Northport, Michigan 49670

Featured artists:

Cande Aguilar
Paul Behnke
Karl Bielik
Valerie Brennan
Inga Dalrymple
Brian Edmonds
Phillip J. Mellen

I'm so glad to be showing with these artists. 

Thanks for your support! 


Monday, May 4, 2015

Same as it ever was.

There is nothing like making sense to yourself. least that is how I feel at times.

If find myself in that state of mind as of late. While painting this year, I have noticed echoes from my work from previous years. Specific works are etched in my brain and I had no idea they were still there, meandering and fermenting even still.
I decided to dig up some pics, I apologize for the poor quality in the images as some of the paintings are no longer available to re-shoot, and set them here together with each other. This post places the paintings in pairs as I saw fit. 

This part of my current painting process has been validating and inspiring. I hope you can recognize and experience a similar interesting tour through these works that represent some of my efforts in recent years. Thank you.

First pair:

30 x 40 inches
acrylic on museum board

Greener pastures
16 x 20 inches
acrylic on canvas


Next pairing:

12 x 12 inches
acrylic on canvas

Kerry's collective
12 x 12 inches
acrylic on canvas


Next pairing:

 9 x 12 inches
colored pencil on paper, cut, then scanned.

Imaginary friends
16 x 20
acrylic on canvas

May the language continue to develop...


Thank you for your support!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Family Ties: Brooklyn | Dallas

One of my paintings will be at this wonderful group show curated by Bonny Leibowitz and Julie Torres! 

 I'm honored to be a part of a show of this caliber with so many artists whose work I know and love. 

Participating artists: 

Albert Weaver, Alex Paik, Alexis Granwell, Ann Glazer, Anne Russinof, Ashley Garrett, Austin Thomas, Bailey K Chapman, Barbara Laube, Becky Yazdan, Ben Pritchard, Ben Terry, Bonny Leibowitz, Brett Dyer, Brian Edmonds, Caetlynn Booth, Cande Aguilar, Cecilia Salama, Chance Dunlap, Christina Tenaglia, Christopher Moss, Christopher Rose, Claudia Tienan, Daniel John Gadd, David Michael Connolly, David T Miller, Deanna Wood, Douglas Florian, Elizabeth Gourlay, Elizabeth Riley, Ellen Letcher, Emily Berger, Enrico Gomez, Eric Mavko, Erica Stevens, Fran Holstrom, Fred Gutzeit, Georgia Elrod, Ginny Casey, Giovanni Valderas, Gwendolyn Plunkett, James Prez, Jamie Powell, Jason Rohlf, Jay Henderson, Jeanne Neal, Jeff Parrott, Jennifer Shepard, Jenny Leigh Jones, Jill Vasileff, Joan Mellon, John Kesling, Jonathan Cowan, Julia L Trinh, Julia Schwartz, Julie Alexander, Julie S. Graham, Julon Pinkston, Justine Frischmann, Karen Schifano, Karl Bielik, Karla Areli, Katherine Mojzsis, Kevin Andrew Curran, Kristen Biles, Ky Anderson, Kyle Gallup, Lael Marshall, Lauren Collings, Leeza Meksin, Leslie Kerby, Levi Haske Liz Ainslie, Liz Atzberger, MaDora Frey, Maria Britton, Marian Brunn Smith, Mary Judge, Matthew Neil Gehring, Maxwell Stevens, Mayra Barraza, Meg Atkinson, Melissa Capasso, Melissa Staiger, Michael Frank Blair, Nancy Ferro, Paul Behnke, Peggy Epner, Phillip J. Mellen, Polly Shindler, Rachael Gorchov, RE Cox, Rebecca Litt, Rebecca Murtaugh, Roberto Munguia, Ryan Goolsby, Ryan Michael Ford, Sally Warren, Sean Montgomery, Stephen B. MacInnis, Suhee Wooh, Susan Carr, Susan Cheal, Teresa Ekasala, Todd Camplin, Vicki Owen, Vicki Sher, Wendy Klemperer, Will Hutnick, William Crump, William Eckhardt Kohler, William Lawler, Zak Vreeland.

Family Ties: Brooklyn | Dallas
 500X Gallery
500 Exposition Ave.
Dallas TX. 75226

For images of work in the show please visit Bonny Leibowitz's blog post here: Family Ties

Thank you for your support.


Monday, March 9, 2015

The mixed media tapes podcast

I want to introduce my latest podcast effort: The mixed-media tapes. The series is now complete for listening. More on the project:

The mixed-media tapes is a short artist talk series based on word and phrase prompts. I have invited visual artists from around the world to share their thoughts and stories based on their selected prompt(s) from a list I have given them. Two of the prompts are: 'metaphysics,' and another is 'the finished painting.' Plenty more at the blog. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have. 

Your host, Phillip J. Mellen. Cheers!

For a snippet, please listen to the short 3 minute teaser below. If you like what you hear, I invite you to check out the blog and give a listen to the full features: the mixed-media tapes podcast



Thanks for listening! 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Podcast interview on Studio Break


I would like to invite you to Studio Break where I was interviewed by David Linneweh. I speak about my work, some on studio practice, a bit about my uncertainties in art etc. I hope you can make it over to the podcast page and give a listen. Just click the image below to head over to the Studio Break podcast.

Thanks so much.