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Mel Prest

1969 United States

9 Works exhibited

Current location

San Francisco

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  • About the Artist
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  • Awards

Mel Prest is an American abstract artist whose intricate, layered paintings mobilize color, line, and perspective to activate kinetic perceptual phenomena. 
She lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018      

lux, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX 

2017      

Lilac Aura, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

2016      

Mel Prest & Martha Clippinger, c2c project space, San Francisco, CA (two person show)
In Praise of Planetary Time, B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

2015      

COLOR CHANT, Chanda Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

2014      

MoonBrightChime, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX

2013      

ZeppelinMetroMashup, B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

2011      

Four Tokyo Metro Drawings, Candystore Collective, San Francisco, CA

2009      

Station to Station, B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA (two person show, with Seth Koen)
Sky Black Ray, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006      

Pacific Transmissions, Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
Alignments, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2004      

Chromatics, MH deYoung Artist Studio, San Francisco, CA

2003      

Open Line, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA          
Bowerhaus, The Bower, San Antonio, TX
Color and Line, Contra Costa College Gallery, San Pablo, CA
Fresh Paint, Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA

1998      

This is Why I Sing Birds, Ensemble Room, Mills College, Oakland, CA

1995      

New Work, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA
Challenge 1, Samuel B. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019     

forthcoming Bauhaus: An Enduring Legacy: Interaction of Color, curated by Hanna Regev, Ruth’s Table, San Francisco, CA

2018     

The Possibilities of Line, McKenzie Fine Art, New York, NY
Bread & Butter, curated by Adrian Zuniga, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
El Grupo Espectaculo, B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA
RNOP- San Francisco, curated by Jessica Snow and Billy Gruner, Great Highway Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Flower Power, curated by Ellen Hackl Fagan and Liz Garvey, garvey | simon, New York, NY

2017     

_sluice art fair, Saturation Point, curated by Hanz Hancock and Patrick Morrissey, London, UK
About Abstraction: Bay Area Woman Painters, curated by Carrie Lederer, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Extended Process, ACME / Saturation Point, curated by Hanz Hancock and Patrick Morrissey, London, UK
With Liberty and Justice for Some, curated by Monica Lundy, Walter Maciel Gallery, Culver City, CA; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley. CA
Spectral Hues, curated by Sharon Bliss, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA
Art Market, with Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Building the Art House, curated by Katherine Connell and Emma Spertus, Rosenberg Library, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA         
Big Idea
, curated by Sue Collier, Leslie Ford, Jack McWhorter and JoAnn Rothschild, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Along the Lines, Harrington Gallery, curated by Julie Finegan, Pleasanton, CA

2016     

Plus +1, Trestle Contemporary Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, November- December 2016, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX
Palette, curated by Kelly Inouye, Theodora Mauro and Lisa Solomon, ampersand international arts, San Francisco, CA    
Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Art Market, with Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, San Francisco, CA

2015     

Therely Bare Redux, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN
Therely Bare Redux, Clara M Eagle Gallery, University of Tennessee, Murray
Territory of Abstraction, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Out of Storage, Studio 110 Projects, Sausalito, CA
 Art Market San Francisco, (with Chandra Cerrito Contemporary), San Francisco, CA
 The Airplane Show, B Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA

2014      

un.bound.ed, curated by Brent Hallard and Don Voisine, Root Division, San Francisco, CA(edition)
DOPPLER SHIFT, curated by Mary Birmingham, Visual Arts Center, Summit, NJ (catalogue)
The Intuitionists, curated by Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison & Jina Valentine, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (catalogue)
First/ Last, curated by Heather Phillips, Park Life, San Francisco, CA

2013      

DOPPLER, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY (catalogue)
Generations IX: The Red/ Pink Show, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Made In Paint: 2012 Artists in Residence, The Sam & Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, NY    
Rituals of Exhibition II, Light Space Project, H Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Rituals of Exhibition, curated by Giles Ryder and Gilbert Hsiao, Don’t Be Selfish, Phayao, Thailand
POSTE CONCRET II, curated by Richard van der Aa, ParisCONCRET, Paris, FR

2012      

Soft Luminosity, curated by Guido Winkler and Iemke van Dijk, IS Projects, Leiden, NL (edition)
Art On Paper 2012, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC(brochure)
Islands of Order in a Sea of Chaos, curated by Ruth van Veenen, de Vishal, Haarlem, NL
Doppler Stop, Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam, NL (catalogue)
Doppler Stop, Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, NL
Doppler Stop, Fluctuating Images/ General Public, Berlin, DE
Doppler Stop, trenutak.39/ Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, HR
Trade-O-Mat, curated by Kathryn Kenworth, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2011      

A Romance of Many Dimensions, curated by Brent Hallard, Brooklyn Artists Gym, Brooklyn, NY
POSTE CONCRET I, curated by Richard van der Aa, ParisCONCRET, Paris, FR
BYO, IS Projects, Leiden, NL
Stop & Go Rides Again, touring exhibition curated by Sarah Klein, Z Space, San Francisco, US; Kunst & Complex, Rotterdam, NL;
Fluctuating Images/ General Public, Berlin, DE; Fluctuating Images/ Interventionstraum, Stuttgart, DE
An Exchange with Sol Lewitt, Massachussetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (catalogue)
ReTrace, Cesar Chavez Art Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA

2010      

TOUCH, curated by Brent Hallard, ParisCONCRET, Paris, FR (catalogue)
Factor XX, curated by Jenny Balisle, Los Gatos Museum, Los Gatos, CA (catalogue)
The Rule of Typical Things, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009      

TRANS: form | color, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
TRANSformal, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA (brochure)
The Grid, curated by JT Kirkland, MP5, Portland, OR

2008      

Calculated Color, curated by Jane Lincoln, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod, MA (brochure)                    
The Space Between, curated by Cathy Kimbell, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA (brochure)
Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (also 2005, 2004)
TOUCH, curated by Brent Hallard, Busdori, Tokyo, Japan
Out of the Fog: Artists from Headlands Center for the Arts, curated by Dianne Romaine and Holly Blake,  Art works Downtown, San Rafael, CA   

2007      

TRANS: Abstraktion, Weltraum, Munich, DE (brochure)
7-07 Hung Liu curates 7 Women Artists in the year of the Pig, b.Sakata Garo, Sacramento, CA (brochure)
Bay Area Currents, The Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Visual Noise, UMC Gallery, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
The Unknown Quantity, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Systems & Transmutations, Root Division, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
Still, Contemporary Quarterly, curated by Chandra Cerrito, www.ContemporaryQuarterly.com (brochure)

2006      

Suitcase: Bus-Dori, curated by Brent Hallard, Tokyo, JP
Summertime, Judy Saslow Gallery, Chicago, IL
microcosm, curated by Victoria Wagner, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA (brochure)
Sketch, The Memorial Union Gallery, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

2005      

Contemporary Perspectives, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA

2004      

and now they aren’t. but they are., Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Lineup, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
Northwest Annual, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
Pareidolia, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Will’s Creek Survey 2004, Allegany Arts Council Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD
New American Talent 19 (two year traveling exhibition), Arthouse, Austin, TX (catalogue)
One Line Collective, The Flatiron Building, Chicago, IL
Lines, Angles, Curves, Adobe Gallery, Castro Valley, CA

2003      

Closer Than You Think, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Relish, works/san jose, San Jose, CA
Dark Spring, Drive Thru Studios, Chicago, IL

2002      

Western States Small Works, Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, Santa Rosa, CA
Ag:works25, works/san jose, San Jose, CA

1999      

Introductions 1999, The Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento, CA
M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, Mills College Museum, Oakland, CA           
Bay Area M.F.A., The Mills Building, San Francisco, CA           
Hubub, works/san jose, San Jose, CA

1998      

Rhythm, Gesture & Metaphor, Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT
Spanning the Bay, Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA

1997      

shrink, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

1995      

25 x 25#20, The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA (edition)
Fluxus (in conjunction with John Cage: A RolyoverCircus at Philadelphia Museum of Art), Vox Populi, Philadelphia

Publications/ Catalogs

Doppler Shift, Catalog, The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ. 2014
Van Patten, James. The Acrylic Painter. Watson-Guptill. 2014
Geary, Linda. Studio Visit. Berkeley: Edition One Books. 2013
Made in Paint. Catalog, Sam and Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, NY. 2009
TRANSformal. Catalog, Pharmaka, Los Angeles, CA. 2009
The Space Between. Catalog, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. San Jose, CA. 2008
Calculated Color. Catalog, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod, CT. 2008
New American Paintings 2007: West Coast, Volume 73, The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA. 2007
Systems and Transmutations. Catalog, Root Division, San Francisco, CA. 2007
Still. Catalog, Contemporary Quarterly Project Space, curated by Chandra Cerrito. Napa, CA. 2007
Microcosm. The Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA 2006
The Line Up. Catalog, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. 2004
The Museum of Temporary Art. Catalog, exhibits 101-200, Tubingen, Germany. 2004
New American Talent. 19th Exhibition Catalog, juried by Jerry Salz. Arthouse, Austin, TX. 2004

Bibliography

2017     

Pleasant, Amy, “Artist’s Mobilize: With Liberty and Justice for Some…”, The Huffington Post, January 19. (image)
Nonnenberg, Sheryl, “Like a Rainbow”, Palo Alto Online, February 2.
Nonnenberg, Sheryl, “Cultivating Creativity”, Modern Luxury Silicon Valley, March/ April (image)
Kussatz, Simone, “With Liberty and Justice for Some…”,  Editorial: Recommendations, VisualArtSource.com
Lasarow, Bill, “The Real Inaugration Day”, Editorial: Features, VisualArtSource.com
Hotchkiss, Sarah and Kelly Whalen, “Portraits of an Immigrant-Filled Nation" at Walter Maciel Gallery, Visual Arts, KQED.org, February 8. (image)

2016     

Van Patten, James, The Acrylic Painter: Tools and Techniques for the Most Versatile Medium, NY, Watson- Guptil, 2016. page 70, back cover
Heiman, Ken, “New Palo Alto Art Center Exhibition Explores the Power of Color”, Patch.com, December 14.
“Interview with Spectral Hues Guest Curator Sharon Bliss”, CityOfPaloAlto.org, December 29.
De Vries, Heidi J., "now see this", EngineersDaugter.typepad.com, March 1.
Dalkey, Victoria, "Critic's Picks: Best of Second Saturday", The Sacramento Bee, February 11.
Hotchkiss, Sarah, "Artful Dodger: Visual Art Happenings to Fill Your February", KQED.org, February 1.
PICK: Project 9, Martha Clippinger and Mel Prest, Art Practical.com, February.

2015     

Bodnick, Nicole, “Highlights from Miami Project 2015", BlouinArtInfo.com, December 3, 2015.
Parkinson, Andy, “Two US Shows: Bed, Bath and Between and Territory of Abstraction”, PatternsThatConnext.wordpress.com, March 11.
Roth, David M., “The Airplane Show @ B Sakata Garo”, Square Cylinder.com, January.
Isreal, Nancy, “Spotlight: Dallas/ Fort Worth”, Art Ltd. Magazine, March.
Chang, DeWitt, “2015 Fall Arts Preview, Color Chant: Mel Prest…”, Alameda Magazine, Fall.
Harbour, Aaron, “Chandra Cerrito // Mel Prest: Color Chant”, CuriouslyDirect.com, September 9.

2014     

The Intuitionists, Drawing Papers 116, exhibition catalogue, The Drawing Center, New York, NY.
un. bound. ed. Limited edition print and online catalogue, Root Division, San Francisco, CA.
Panero, James, “…Doppler Shift at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Gallery Chronicle, The New Criterion, November.
Doppler Shift, exhibition catalogue, The Visual Arts Center, Summit, NJ.
ParisCONCRET 2009-2014, catalogue raisonée of ParisCONCRET gallery, Paris, FR.
Bamburger, Alan, “Root Division … 11.08.2014 Part II”, ArtBusiness.com, November 8.
Lutz, Leora, “Review: Art Market San Francisco”, SFAQonline.com, (image), March 21.
Johnson, Ken, “The Intuitionists and Small”, The New York Times, July 31.
Micchelli, Thomas, “The Intuitionists at the Drawing Center”, Hyperallergic.com, July 19.
Bellatoni, Ralph J., “Doppler Shift on display at Visual Arts Center”, Asbury Park Press/ app.com, October 9.

2013     

Stopa, Jason, “WhiteHot Watch”, Whitehotmagazine.com, August.
Butler, Sharon, “Weekend report: … Doppler”, TwoCoatsOfPaint.com, July 15.
Galgiani, Allison, “Five Must See Art Events”, Bushwickdaily.com, July 5.
Tanner, Marcia, “Berkeley’s Kala Art Institute Auction Supports Local Artists”, Berkeleyside.com, April 22.
Golden Emma, “The Barn”, Just Paint, Issue 28.
Parkinson, Andy, “At the Point of Gesture at the Lion and the Lamb Gallery”, patternsthatconnext.blogspot.com, February 28.
Prest, Mel, “In Conversation: Karen Schifano interviewed by Mel Prest”, NY Arts Magazine, January.
Made in Paint, exhibition catalogue, The Sam & Adele Golden Gallery, New Berlin, NY.

2012     

Lambers, Milo, “Adieu strenge Stjilregels”, Trouw, January 13.

2011     

Winkler, Guido, “Mel Prest at IS Projects”, Abstraktion.org, June 9.

2009     

Whittaker, Max, “A Weekend in Sacramento”, The New York Times Magazine, (image), October 29.
Baker, Kenneth, “Abstracts commingle well at Meridian”,  San Francisco Chronicle, November 28.
Selz, Peter, “Notes on TRANS”, exhibition brochure, Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Aicon Gallery, Conversation with Manish Pushkale, March 21.
TRANSformal, exhibition catalogue, Los Angeles, CA.

2008     

The Space Between, exhibition brochure, San Jose, CA.
Johnson, Paddy, “Aqua Art South Beach”, ArtFagCity.com, December 9.
Levitan, Samantha, “Geometric Rainbows”, The Barnstable Patriot, September 4.
“Higgins Gallery opens Calculated Color”, The Enterprise, September 12.
Cebulski, Frank, ‘The Space Between’ at the SJICA, Artweek, June.
“Higgins Gallery features artists from East, West Coasts in Calculated Color”, CapeCodToday.com, August 27.
Calculated Color, brochure, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod, CA.        
Finn, Christine, "Bay Area Artist Charts Another Stairway to Heaven", Wired.com. February 20.

2007     

New American Paintings, West Coast Edition, Volume 73. 
Finn, Christine, Bay Area Artist Charts Another Stairway To HeavenWired.com, February 20.
Baker. Kenneth, Write your own headline. San Francisco Chronicle, June 9.
Dawson, Gay, “STILL” Standing, Critic’s Choice, North Bay Bohemian, April 4.
Systems & Transmutations, exhibition catalogue, San Francisco, CA.
Halperen, Max. “Mel Prest + Gibb Slife”, Art Papers, March-April.
Ishmael, Amelia. “Contemplative Cachophony”, Boulder Weekly, May 5. 
Kucharski, S.R., “Bay Area Currents”, Shotgun-Review.com, May 25.
Roth, David. “7-07: Seven women artists in the year of the pig”, Artweek, July/August.

2006     

Greenberg, Blue, ”Artists gallery show invokes Warhol, Pollock, Led Zeppelin”, The Herald Sun, December 10.
Still, Catalogue for exhibition curated by Chandra Cerrito, Napa, CA.
microcosm, Catalogue for the traveling show curated by Victoria Wagner, The Richmond Art Center.
Vance, Kelly, “Restless Richmond”, East Bay Express, July.
Salzman, Aaron, “Memorial Union Art Gallery exhibits Sketch”, California Aggie, February 2.
Lui, Diane Chin, “Birth of Ideas”, Davis Enterprise, March 9.
Ashley, Chris, “Mel Prest: Alignments”, ChrisAshley.net, June 28.
Bamberger, Alan, Mel Prest: Alignments”, ArtBusiness.com, April 6.

2005     

Clark, Emily, “and now they aren’t but they are”, Mesh Magazine, issue 22.

2004     

The Museum of Temporary Art, Catalogue; exhibits 101-200 Tubingen, Germany.
The Line Up, Catalogue, San Francisco Art Institute, November.
Kennelly, Martha, “Adobe Gallery Exhibit Features Lines Angles and Curves,” Castro Valley Forum.
New American Talent, Catalogue for traveling show juried by Jerry Salz.
Baker, Kenneth, “More ‘Close Calls’ at the Headlands,” San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 20.

2003     

Nataraj, Nirmala, “Closer Thank You Think,” Arts Review, SF Station.com, December.
Bing, Alison, “Seth Koen/ Mel Prest,” ePicks, SFGate.com, June 12.
Goddard, Dan, “Artists live and create in the bower,” San Antonio ExpressNews, August 17.
Jones, Chris, “Bowerhouse: There’s no place like home," DigitalCity.com, San Antonio, August 13.
Sebastian, Nominique, “Exhibit disorients the eye,” The Advocate, February 12.
Chu, Anda, “A Fresh Perspective”, The Argus, February 10.
Scardina, Dora, Artsbeat, The West Valley Times, January 31.
Espinoza, Estrella, Scene, The Advocate, February 5.

Selected Awards, Grants & Residencies

2018     

Artist in Residence, The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY
Nominee, Tosa Studio Award at Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
SECA Award nominee, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

2017     

Nominee, Tosa Studio Award at Minnesota Street Projects, San Francisco, CA
Artist Talk with Caitlin Haskell, SFMoMA curator, Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA

2016     

Alternate for Artist Residency, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA
SECA Award nominee, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA
Artist in Residence, Wassaic Artist Residency, Wassaic, NY
Grant, The Golden Rule Foundation, New York, NY

2015     

Alternate for Artist Residency, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA
Grant, The Golden Rule Foundation, New York, NY

2014     

Artist in Residence, Willapa Bay, Oysterville, WA (April 2015)
Alternate for Artist Residency, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

2013     

Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation
Grant, The Golden Rule Foundation, New York, NY
Artist in Residence, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

2012     

Artist in Residence, The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts, New Berlin, NY
Alternate for Artist Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Artist Grant, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2010     

Artist lecture, Academie Minerva, Groningen, The Netherlands
Geoform, online flat files artist

2009     

“Best of the San Francisco: One of three artists to watch”, San Francisco Magazine
Alternate for Artist Residency, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA
MINUS SPACE flat files, Brooklyn, NY
Artist Grant, Goethe-Institute, San Francisco, CA

2007     

The Drawing Center Viewing Program Artist
Pierogi flat files, Brooklyn, NY

2004     

Artist in Residence, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Visiting Artist, University of California at Berkeley, Painting, Berkeley, CA

2002-5  

Headlands Center for the Arts Affiliate Artist

1998     

American Composers Forum Grant

1995     

Samuel B. Fleisher Art Memorial, Challenge Award

Works by Mel Prest

Order by

2014

91.4 x 91.4 x 5 cm

5300,00 €

2008

61 x 61 x 5 cm

2150,00 €

2018

30.5 x 30.5 x 5 cm

1400,00 €

2018

30.5 x 30.5 x 5 cm

1400,00 €

2016

27.9 x 35.6 x 5 cm

1400,00 €

2014

27.9 x 35.65 x 5 cm

1400,00 €

2016

76.2 x 101.6 x 5 cm

4400,00 €

2016

76.2 x 101.6 x 5 cm

4400,00 €

2008

121.9 x 61 x 50 cm

4400,00 €

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