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76.2 x 101.6 x 5 cm
30.00 x 40 x 1.97 in


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  • About the work

Acrylic on panel.

This artwork is from a recent series called Lilac Aura and is about night blooming flowers inspired by spending time in upstate New York in the spring of 2016. 

The lilacs were in bloom and their high, tickling fragrance was often present, almost like a shape or form that one could flow through. 

The paintings -almost to the extent of Prest’s wingspan-are subtle and atmospheric, like the night scents. 

The artist was not only inspired by the natural fragrances but also the feeling of outdoor shape-spaces as they responded to temperatures and weather.

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



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,
Lasarow, Bill, “The Real Inaugration Day”, Editorial: Features,
Hotchkiss, Sarah and Kelly Whalen, “Portraits of an Immigrant-Filled Nation" at Walter Maciel Gallery, Visual Arts,, February 8. (image)


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”,, December 14.
“Interview with Spectral Hues Guest Curator Sharon Bliss”,, December 29.
De Vries, Heidi J., "now see this",, 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",, February 1.
PICK: Project 9, Martha Clippinger and Mel Prest, Art, February.


Bodnick, Nicole, “Highlights from Miami Project 2015",, December 3, 2015.
Parkinson, Andy, “Two US Shows: Bed, Bath and Between and Territory of Abstraction”,, March 11.
Roth, David M., “The Airplane Show @ B Sakata Garo”, Square, 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”,, September 9.


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”,, November 8.
Lutz, Leora, “Review: Art Market San Francisco”,, (image), March 21.
Johnson, Ken, “The Intuitionists and Small”, The New York Times, July 31.
Micchelli, Thomas, “The Intuitionists at the Drawing Center”,, July 19.
Bellatoni, Ralph J., “Doppler Shift on display at Visual Arts Center”, Asbury Park Press/, October 9.


Stopa, Jason, “WhiteHot Watch”,, August.
Butler, Sharon, “Weekend report: … Doppler”,, July 15.
Galgiani, Allison, “Five Must See Art Events”,, July 5.
Tanner, Marcia, “Berkeley’s Kala Art Institute Auction Supports Local Artists”,, April 22.
Golden Emma, “The Barn”, Just Paint, Issue 28.
Parkinson, Andy, “At the Point of Gesture at the Lion and the Lamb Gallery”,, 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.


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


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


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.


The Space Between, exhibition brochure, San Jose, CA.
Johnson, Paddy, “Aqua Art South Beach”,, 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”,, August 27.
Calculated Color, brochure, Higgins Art Gallery, Cape Cod, CA.        
Finn, Christine, "Bay Area Artist Charts Another Stairway to Heaven", February 20.


New American Paintings, West Coast Edition, Volume 73. 
Finn, Christine, Bay Area Artist Charts Another Stairway To, 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”,, May 25.
Roth, David. “7-07: Seven women artists in the year of the pig”, Artweek, July/August.


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”,, June 28.
Bamberger, Alan, Mel Prest: Alignments”,, April 6.


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


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.


Nataraj, Nirmala, “Closer Thank You Think,” Arts Review, SF, December.
Bing, Alison, “Seth Koen/ Mel Prest,” ePicks,, 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,", 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.

About the Artist

1969 , United States

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.

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