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About

Melissa Ritchie is an Australian figurative and portrait artist. Based in Wollongong, Melissa Ritchie is well known for her quirky and unique portraits. Predominately a painter (oil, watercolour & acrylic), Melissa Ritchie is highly sought after for portrait commissions, having sold work all over Australia. She was a finalist in the 2016 Archibald Prize, and she has also been a finalist in the Percival Portrait Prize, Black Swan Portraiture Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize and the Kilgour Prize. Painting from her Illawarra based studio in NSW, Melissa Ritchie has also been a featured artist on the internationally screen TV series "Colour in Your Life", giving her a world wide fan base.

Education

Wollongong University - BCA Design & New Media

Exhibitions

2017 > Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney NSW
> Out of the Illawarra 2017, A collection of Contemporary Art, Fountain Court Gallery, Parliament House, Sydney NSW
> Feast, An IAVA group exhibition, Belconnen, ACT
2016 > Archibald Prize, Sydney NSW
> Postcodes from the Edge Exhibition- Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong NSW
> Belonging - An exhibition of Contemporary Art, Wollongong NSW
> Pirtek Still Life Award, Bowral NSW
> Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Townsville QLD
> City of Ryde, Women's Art Prize, Meadowbank NSW
> Mardi Gras Regional Art Prize, Kiama NSW
> Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival, Thirroul NSW
2015 > Kilgour Art Prize, Newcastle NSW
> Portia Geach Memorial Award, Sydney NSW
> 50::50 An IAVA Showcase - Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong NSW
> Scarborough Art Show, Scarborough NSW
> Out of the Illawarra, A collection of Contemporary Art, Fountain Court Gallery, Parliament House, Sydney NSW
> Underpinning - The Hanging Space gallery, Woonona NSW
> Exhibition 10 - Matthew Gillett Gallery, Scarborough NSW
2014 > Transmissions - An IAVA Showcase - Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong NSW
> Black Swan Prize for Portraiture - St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
> James Kiwi Watercolour Prize - Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong NSW
> Contemporary Watercolour Prize - Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong NSW
> Flanagan Art Prize, Ballarat VIC
> Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra QLD
> Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Bega NSW
> Thirroul Seaside Arts Festival, Thirroul NSW
> Postcodes from the Edge Exhibition- Wollongong City Gallery, Wollongong NSW
> IAVA New Member Exhibition - The Hanging Space gallery, Woonona NSW
2013 > Popsters. A Collection of Pop Art Portraiture (Solo) - Art Arena, Wollongong NSW
> RAW Translations - Wollongong Town Hall
> Live Sites in the City - Wollongong Central, Wollongong NSW
> RAS Art Show - Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
> International Woman's Day Exhibition - Art Arena, Wollongong NSW
2012 > RAS Art Show, Sydney Olympic Park NSW
> Port Stephens Art Prize, Nelson Bay NSW
1999 > UOW Exhibition, Wollongong NSW - Spark
1998 > Cancer Council Exhibition, Melbourne VIC
1996 > Art Express, Sydney NSW
1995 > Portia Geach Portrait Prize (Youth), Sydney NSW

Success >
2016 > Archibald Prize - Finalist
2016 > Postcodes from the Edge - First Prize Winner
2016 > City of Ryde, Women's Art Prize - Finalist
2016 > Percival Portrait Painting Prize - Finalist
2016 > Mardi Gras Regional Art Prize - 2nd People's Choice Award
2015 > Kilgour Art Prize - Finalist
2015 > Portia Geach Memorial Award - Finalist
2014 > Black Swan Prize for Portraiture - Finalist
2014 > James Kiwi Traditional Watercolour Prize - Finalist
2014 > Contemporary Watercolour Prize - Finalist
2014 > Flanagan Art Prize - Finalist
2014 > Sunshine Coast Art prize - Finalist
2014 > Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize - Finalist
2014 > International Women's Day - Creative Spirit Award
2013 > RAS Art Prize - Highly Commended
2001 > AIPC Award - Best Illustration

Press

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4016652/eyes-firmly-on-major-prize-photos/#slide=1

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4017143/illawarra-artists-named-in-national-art-awards-photos-video/?cs=300

http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2016/07/07/shining-bird-member-rhys-nicholson-more-archibald-finalist-portraits/

The episode of "Colour in Your Life" featuring artist Melissa Ritchie aired on 11th August 2013 @ 7pm (AEST). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InW5wm607I4

http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/1929150/birth-of-popster-artwork/?cs=12#slide=2

http://www.kiamaindependent.com.au/story/1930922/its-life-but-not-as-we-know-it/?cs=1460

Influences

My portraits are a satirical celebration of the sitter. Influenced by graphic art, vintage design and ideas of genre, the phrase “Popster” has been coined to describe my Pop Art, poster style paintings. I portray a sitter's personality by painting them in a role or theme, often fictional, that mirror elements of their own true life character. I like to think of myself as the Annie Leibovitz of portrait painting.

60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,550
50.8cm (W) x 76.2cm (H)
Oil Paint
$1,380
106cm (W) x 135cm (H)
Oil Paint
$3,550
106cm (W) x 135cm (H)
Oil Paint
$4,250
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,470
60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Oil Paint
$2,550
60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,100
60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,100
60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$1,100