Melissa Weinman grew up in her mother’s painting and ceramic studio. As a child, her mother would beckon her to look at the extraordinary nature of things and to notice simple, but elegant phenomena, such as dust motes floating in the swath of brilliant sunlight cutting across the room. Encouraged to sculpt with clay and compose with paint, Weinman learned early how to envision her creations.
Weinman went to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she double majored in Creative Visual Arts and Chinese Studies. She took her junior year at Princeton University and studied painting with Arthur Cohen and Howard Buchwald. While at Princeton she spent many Saturdays in New York City visiting museums and galleries. After graduating summa cum laude from Bowdoin she pursued her M. F. A. under Ruth Weisberg at the University of Southern California’s School of Fine Arts. There she studied painting and printmaking while taking in the L. A. art scene.
In her twenties she painted in a loft in Brooklyn, NY, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her thirties brought her to the Pacific Northwest where she taught at the University of Puget Sound for fourteen years and left in 2004 as a Full Professor. In recent years she has been a teaching artist at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. Currently Melissa Weinman offers atelier-style solvent-free oil painting instruction in her studio.
She has been represented by Tortue Gallery in Santa Monica, Soma Gallery in San Diego, Linda Hodges Gallery in Seattle, Gail Severn in Sun Valley, ID, and Tatistcheff Gallery in NYC. Her solo museum exhibitions include the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine, and the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. Her 1999 solo show at Tatistcheff Gallery was reviewed by Eleanor Heartney in Art in America magazine. Her work has been published in several books and journals on contemporary art including Women and Art: Contested Territory by Judy Chicago and Edward Lucie-Smith.
Melissa paints in a 700 sq. ft. studio in the north end of Tacoma, Washington. Currently she is focusing on images of roses, other flora, and figures, in compositions that are based in sacred geometry. She often mirrors or flip images to evoke the alchemical premise “as above, so below.” Her vocabulary of subjects, symbols and textures is deliberately chosen to convey both form and formlessness, the seen and unseen.