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Patricia Melvin

As a plein air painter living and working in New York City’s East Village for the past 40 years, my desire is to capture in paint my feeling for the old streets and architecture of my neighborhood and environs. I often include the everyday hustle-and-bustle on the city streets against the backdrop of the historic buildings that seem to live and breathe the continuity of life.


The countryside and the effects of weather are also of primary interest to me. I am constantly amazed at the immense variety of nature, and I feel freed by its spaciousness. In some unexplained and inexplicable way, my paintings are a link between the city and the country.


In New York City I studied at the Art Students’ League and privately with a student of Max Beckmann; in Europe I did independent study. I have had solo exhibitions in several cities throughout the United States, including New York City, and in Amsterdam, Holland. I have participated in group exhibitions in museums and galleries in cities throughout the United States, including New York City. My work is in the permanent collection of several museums throughout the United States. I am on the Board of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors. In 2019 I received a grant from the Stobart Foundation to execute and exhibit five paintings. My paintings are currently on view at the Berkshire Art Gallery in Great Barrington, MA.

Patricia Melvin

129 Second Avenue, #3

New York, NY 10003

212-260-7974; cell 646-982-8085


Born: New York, NY




BA in Classics & Fine Art History, New York University, New York, NY
The Art Students’ League, New York, NY; Independent Study in Paris and Amsterdam


Selected Public and Private Collections:

Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT
The Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island, NY

Ken Ratner Collection
The New School, NY, NY


Selected Solo and Two-person Exhibitions:

2008 Memories of the Lower East Side, East 4th St. Gallery, 67 E. 4th St., NY, NY
2002 Chelsea & Co., 179 Main St., Great Barrington, MA
2001-2 Jody Alan Goldstein Fine Art, New York, NY; Bridgehampton, NY
2001 Beaux Arts Gallery, Woodbury, CT


Selected Group Exhibitions:



A Feeling of Humanity: Contemporary Western Art from the Ken Ratner Collection. Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT; Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY; St. George Art Museum, St. George, UT; Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, David City, NE; Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine, TX.


Small Works/Baruch/2018, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, 135 East 22nd Street, NY, NY, juried by Richard Timperio and Elizabeth Avedon.
SOUND & IMAGE: Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, NY, NY


Celebrating our 75th Anniversary: The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Po Kim Gallery,

417 Lafayette St., NY, NY


Inspired: Contemporary Artists Respond to John A. Noble, Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island, NY


The Image and the Word, The Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune Street, NY, NY
Re-awakenings: Emerging from Spring into Winter, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, Cape Cod, MA

Glimpses Beyond, Francesca Archilesi Fine Art, 25 Hudson St., NY, NY


Picturing the Lower East Side, Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, Educational Alliance, 197 E. Broadway, NY, NY


Women: Diverse Interludes, Andre Zarre Gallery, 529 W. 20th St., NY, NY

Tugs, Night & Day, Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island, NY
Summer Light, Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St., NY, NY. Jack Dowling, curator.
Landing Salt, Pearl Street Gallery, 100 Pearl St., Chelsea, MA
Selections from Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, Westbeth Gallery, NY, NY. Peter Colquhoun, curator.


Salt Mountain, Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island, NY

Women of the Streets, Three Plein Air Painters, Shakespeare’s Sister, Brooklyn, NY
Painting the Metropolis: Visions of Lower Manhattan by 19 Contemporary Artists, Educational Alliance, 197 East Broadway, NY, NY. Ken Ratner, curator.

Crossing Brooklyn Bridge, Williamsburg Art & Historic Center, Brooklyn, NY
Crossings, Images of NY Bridges, Object Image Gallery, 91 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY


An Artist’s Life, Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome St., NY, NY


World Trade Exorcisms, Gallery X, 23 W. 129th St., NY, NY

Gardens, Buildings & Birdhouses, Main St. Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY



2002 New York Foundation for the Arts Grant
2003 Noble Maritime Collection Grant for Lithography

2019 The Stobart Foundation Grant


Professional Affiliation: Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, Advisory Board Member

Selected Publications:

John O’Hern, “Inherent Beauty,” with illustration, Western Art Collector, June, 2014, pp.64-65
Waterbury Republican, with illustration, April 14, 2012
Joanna Crosby, “Cahoon Museum looks toward Spring,” Cape Codder, Feb.9, 2012
NY Daily News, w illustration, April 23, 2011, p. 6
Oxford University Press, (Educational DVD, Interview and Paintings,) 2010
The Irish Echo, w illustration, June 11-17, 2008, p. 28
“Little Boats with Big Responsibilities,” Staten Island Advance, w illustration Feb. 24, 2008, pp1-2E.
“Up at Lou’s Fish,” The Fulton Fish Market Chronicles, film by Mantlo & Lynn, 2006
New York Times, illustration, July 24, 2005, Sec. 14, p.13
The Berkshire Eagle, w illustration, Aug. 10, 2003, p. A-1
Sievert, Robert, “Street Verismo,”, w illustration, No. 9, 2003
Westchester County Times, w illustration, Jan. 2003, p. 4
O’Shaughnessy, Tracey, “Beaux Arts Exhibit Shows New York’s Softer Side,” Waterbury Republican, Oct. 11, 2001, w illustration, pp. 1D-3D
“Public Connections,” The Newtown Bee, September 28, 2001
“Previews,” Litchfield County Times, w illustration , Sept. 21, 2001
O’Shaughnessy, Tracey, “Art Work to Warm a Winter’s Day,” Waterbury Republican, Jan. 26, 2001, p.12
On Location, Antiques and the Arts Weekly, w illustration, Jan. 28, 2000, p. 79
The New York Times (This Week in Connecticut,) w illustration, June 18, 1989, CN p.14
The Waterbury Republican, w illustration, May 28, 1989
Corcoran, Terry, Waterbury Republican, w illustration, July 6, 1987, p. A-10

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