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Melanie Crawford studied Fine Arts and Art Education at UNSW: Art & Design (COFA) and a Bachelor of Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is an accomplished practicing and exhibiting contemporary artist and as a visual art teacher, she is the Head of Visual Arts at one of Adelaide’s leading independent schools. Melanie’s original artworks have found homes in the USA, UK, Asia and across Australia.


Bluethumb Gallery
King William Road, Goodwood

Ambleside Distillers
Ambleside Road, Hahndorf

33 Chapel
Chapel Street, Norwood

The Gallery
Waymouth Street, Adelaide


For me, art is about connection, an expression of the journey of life and offers a higher understanding of communication. I am always curious and experimenting, yet I find my process to be the most integral part of my art-making. Layers of texture, drips, colours, welcomed mistakes and the travelling of paint build the story of my paintings. My process reveals, conceals, and re-examines what we define as beauty like collecting evidence of life lived over time; the peeling of paint on walls and the hidden potential residing in discarded remnants. I am fascinated by the beauty found in organic marks made naturally without overthinking or correcting.

I have had the privilege of a life of creativity, an amazing art education and the opportunity to work hard at work worth doing. I have learned that life is complex and in a perpetual state of change and evolution. Nothing remains the same over any extended period. My optimism, my passion for art and my continual desire to create is reflected in every aspect of my work.

I am often led by the revolutionary strategy originally put forward in the “Theory of the Dérive” (1956) by Guy Debord. The Dérive is defined as “a mode of experimental behaviour linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances.” It is an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, in which participants drop their everyday relations and “let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there”.