Melissa McGill, born in 1966, is an American painter. Making art and creating was second nature to McGill, who grew up surrounded by accomplished craftswomen. She creates gestural and dynamic canvases that are inspired by nature and water and explore the painting process and mark making.
McGill is especially drawn to water: the huge expanses of it and its threatening shortage and indeed the marks that water leaves behind. Her bold and expressive abstract pieces become personal landscapes which are inspired by the sedimentary formations of The Great Basin and the marks left behind from a millennia of water.
Process is key to McGill’s paintings. She works with water-based mediums, using her entire body to pour and spread paint over the canvas in an intuitive and gestural way. The compositions are both refined and spontaneous and are harmonious through their exploration of vibrant acrylics and washes of layered paint.
American Art Fairs
McGill has exhibited in both group and solo shows across the United States, in cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York. She has presented her work at The Other Art Fair in both Los Angeles and New York.