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Jan Melka, French-American abstract painter, lives and works in Paris, France.
In her work, the human form is destructured, defects are emphasized and the geometry of curves is accentuated. Imperfect features, inverted perspectives, apparent nonsense and corrupted materials push the envelope. The inspiration comes from the subconscious, without passing through conventional channels. She is immersed in aesthetics and a search for meaning but ultimately her subjects come from somewhere above and beyond these concerns. Most of her work is caracterised by layers, repetitive shapes or abstract bodies and immature drawings. The compositions includes both the front and back, frequently incorporating repurposed materials. Digging into the ground to uncover one stratum after another. Old memories, spaced centuries or milleniums apart, turn out to be closely related, like next door neighbors, separated by a few layers of soil. Any noble or neglected material that evokes the freedom is inspiring.
Jan's work has been exhibited at The Lobby, Tokyo, Japan; Michael Bargo’s gallery in New-York, US; Galerie Plate, Paris, France; Pavillon Vendôme, Paris, France; Galerie Sans Titre, Paris, France; Spring Studios, New York, NY, USA ; NoblePeople, London, UK and Studio H13, Lyon, France.
Today, my work is a product of my motions. Each piece illustrates nostalgic feelings and immature struggles. It's a way of growing against up. It's also a quest towards the most unexperienced life ever. Now that I am a adult I feel like I can explain what I meant as a child.
Past shows :
Costume Nationale x Jan Melka x Yuichi Toyama’ - Collaboration exhibition (01/03) The Lobby Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
‘Misaotra’ - Group show (17/03) Madagasacar population solidarity project support Merci Paris, Paris, FR
‘Le Nu Occupé’ - Figures Installation (18/01) Michael Bargo gallery, New-York, New-York, US
2018 - 2017
’ - Solo show (17/05) Plate gallery, Paris, FR
‘Jan Melka x Man-Woman showroom’ - Collaboration exhibition (05/02) Spring Studios, New-York, New-York, US
‘5,6‘ - Solo Show (18/01) Presentation of Jan Melka art works during residency at H13 Studio in Lyon BattCop gallery, Paris, FR
’ - Group show (08/12) Bubenberg gallery, Paris, FR
‘1230°’ – Group Show (10/10) Iconoclastes gallery, Paris, FR
‘Bad Decisions’ – Group show (21/04) Kestin Hare gallery, London, UK
‘Friends can’t trust you’ – Group show (11/05) Mannerheim gallery, Paris, FR
Lula Magazine - iD Magazine - Teen Vogue - iD France 5sense - Asvof by Diane Pernet
Man-Woman showroom- March, 2017
The Drawer issue n°13 coverbook - February, 2017
'Do with it what you will' art book with 1991 Paris- 2017
Bad Decisions art book published by Noble People UK - 2017
Artworks for After Homework - 2017
Coverbook artwork for 'À Rebours' by J.K. Huysmanns, republished by L'Empyrée - June, 2016