Schermafbeelding 2018-02-15 om 15.25.19Welcome to the new official website of dutch artist Tom Melsen. Winner of the Abstract Art Show by The International Gallery of The Arts.


Tom Melsen’s paintings fuse the dramatic and aggressive into a melancholy that can be seen as a result of his peripatetic travels, a reflection of the places he has experienced. His paintings emerge out of a liminal space between the intelligibility of representation and abstractions poetic theatrics. Indeed, Melsen’s paint handling exists in a space that makes odd bedfellows of Peter Doig and Cecily Brown as his compositions blend unsettling passages of quietude and conservative color choices with consistently bold punches of intuitive paint application and occasional layers of glowing chroma. With an unflinching gaze, Melsen captures the jouissance of painterly turmoil through which a balancing act between discomfort and pleasure reveals the psychological essence of captured identities and landscapes.

Melsen’s paintings are personal pieces; quite heavy, bold but very well executed. His work remind one of Francis Bacon or Frank Auerbach. Whether Melsen paints a portrait of himself, strangers, friends or some of the Masters (Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet have all been painted by Melsen)  his work is fascinating to view. In most of his paintings we see a balance of vulnerability and powerful.


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New book “A Collection of Paintings
available now. For a limited time books
include three A-6 art prints.
Buy at the official Melsen shop.

English.
70 pages.
Softover.
Size: 14,80 x 21,00 cm.