Mel is self-taught and started to paint full time
in 1979. An artist whose career spans three decades and several continent,
he is noted for his support of institutions such as Child Welfare, Wild
Life Trust, Save the Rhino Foundation, and exhibitions staged to draw
attention to political detainees. He founded the Swellendam Art Society.
Mel left for Australia in 1993 to settle near Dungog in New South Wales.
In Australia, Mel has supported the Sydney City Mission, the Variety Club
of Australia, Save and Amnesty International.
Bloemfontein – 1971, 1975, 1977
Johannesburg – 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985,1986,1988
Nelspruit – 1996, 1978
Springs – 1974, 1975
Cape Town – 1974, 1975, 1997
Millenium Exhibition, The Cape Gallery, Cape Town 2000
Rustenburg – 1990, 1991
Swellendam – 1992
Portugal – Gallery Portofino – 1989
England – Solent Gallery – 1989, 1990, 1991
Cannon Gallery – 1990
Isle of Wight – Oliver Swan Valley – 1991
Singapore, South African Embassy – 1993
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
Mary MacKillop, A Tribute 1995
Power House Museum
Art Gallery of South Australia and Parliament House Canberra
SCEGGS REDLAND Art Award 1997
Tattersalls Club Art Prize, Brisbane
1990 Exhibited at Mcgrath’s Gallery
2000 Solo show Newcastle, NSW
Calesstaro choice Von Bertauch Gallery
NSW, Panters Gallery Kenthurst NSW
2000 Mel completed a mural for the new Super Catamaran “Mary MacKillop”
used as a ferry in Sydney Harbour. Also completed three works commissioned
for “Burrawang West Station Art Collection” and sold two paintings
to Keanu Reeves in Sydney.
SA Embassies in Singapore, Canada and Belgium; Royal Exchange in London;
Total Oil collection South Africa; Pellisier Museum, South Africa; Universities
of Orange Free State and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Barclays Bank South Africa and Australia; Standard Bank of South Africa.
Numerous Town Councils and corporations throughout South Africa.
Queensland State Government; Grain Corporation, Sydney.
Housing Loans, Insurance Loan Sydney; Sister of St Joseph, North Sydney;
Amnesty International, Victoria; Opus Communications, Australia.
Many other large corporations and private collections throughout Australia.
Art and Australia 1993
Mary McKillop, a Tribute. Limited Edition Cover, published by Andre Wilson
In the Picture (Year 8, Text Book on Australia and International Art),
Oxford Press 1996. Reproductions by Swan Press 1974.
Almac Publishers 1979-1990
Associated Industries 1980-1990
Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors 1998
The Bulletin Magazine, Australia 1996
The Promised Land by K Schoeman 1979
Auge International 1982
Art and Artist’s of South Africa by Esme Berman
Artist: MEL BRIGG
Title: What lies below II
Size: 60 x 76 cm
Price on request