An American contemporary painter, Douglas Melini combines patterned optical illusions and painterly abstract expression, exploring the relationship between color, texture, and space. His works often have a third dimension, with patterns and vibrant colors extending across the frame.
Born in 1972, Melini is now based in New York City and New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Maryland, College Park in 1994 and his Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts in 1997. He exhibited in a range of venues, including PS1, Long Island City, New York, The Suburban Oak Park, Illinois, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CC Andraxt, Mallorca, Spain, The Rocket Gallery, London, The Daimler Collection, Berlin, Germany. His works is included in numerous private and public collections such as the Daimler Collection, Berlin, Germany, Neuberger Berman LLC, New York, NY, The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio, The Phillip Schrager Collection, Omaha, Nebraska, Wellspring Capital Corporation, New York, NY.
A dazzling balance between object figuration and pure abstraction, Melini's colorful, pattern-filled works combine the geometric composition and authority of Cubism with the disorienting visual chaos of Op Art. In his recent works, the artist experimented with layering different textures over his signature geometric patterns with thick paint strokes, making his works more pictorial in nature.
Featured image: Douglas Melini - Untitled (Double L), 2020 (detail). Oil on linen and acrylic stain on reclaimed wood. 33 7/8 × 33 7/8 in. 86 × 86 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery