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Melanie Van Latum

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Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in


Claremont Graduate College, 1998, BFA Illustration
cal state fullerton, 2005, MA Drawing Painting

Melanie Stimmell Van Latum, Feminine, fertility, animals, oil painting, Pastel painting, still life, realism, figurative, pop, surrealism, fantasy, pop, realism, surrealism, traditional, conceptual


Looking at Melanie Stimmell’s work you would never guess she began the first eight years of her artistic career as a Technical Director for Comedy Central’s South Park. A Graduate of Art Center College of Design and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Melanie is a prolific Fine Artists, creating beautiful imagery in Oils and in Soft Pastel with such finesse and mastery that her Renaissance inspired figures dance off the canvas with whimsical charm. She has shown at prominent Southern California Galleries such as La Luz De Jesus, The Brewery, The 57 Underground, Spring Arts Collective, Deborah Martin Gallery, and Rebecca Molayem Gallery in West Hollywood.

In addition to her Fine Art, Melanie is also a leader in the Street Painting world. She is the only female street painter to win the title of Maestro and several gold medals in both Italy and Germany. Co-Founder of two prominent organizations in the chalk painting world, Street Painting Society and the Street Painting Academy, Melanie has consulted, painted, and held painting workshops for clients in Turkey, Holland, France, The Netherlands Antilles, and Canada and throughout the U.S.

Melanie is a strong supporter of Arts in Education and Therapy and shares her love of painting with the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles Music Center, Cal State Fullerton, Irvine Valley College and her own Street Painting Academy

Exhibition List

Solo Exhibitions

"Queens of Avant Garde"
2010 Rebecca Molayem Gallery, West Hollywood, CA

"Vessels of the Avant Garde"
2009 Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

“Boas, Dusters, and Other Household Seductions”
2007 Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Group Exhibitions

"The Aesthetic Code: Unraveling the Secrets of Art"
2010 University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tuscon, AZ 

2009 Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

“Art Walk”
2008 Spring Arts Collective, Los Angeles, CA 

“Everything But The Kitchen Sink”
2008 Group Show, La Luz De Jesus, Hollywood, CA 

“One Night Only”
2008 Brewery Art Complex, Los Angeles, CA 

“AC Lounge”
2007 AC Lounge, Santa Monica, CA 

“Multiple Personalities”
2007 Melrose Lightspace, Hollywood, CA “Variant”
2006 The 57 Underground, Pomona, CA 

“Figure 3”
2006 Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA 

"Gallery di Madonnari” Silent Auction
2005 I Madonnari Festival, San Rafael, CA 

A Collaborative Show of Visual Artists and Writers 2004 Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA 

“West Gallery Group Show”
Curated by Tyler Stallings 2003 Cal State Fullerton , Fullerton, CA 

“South Park/Comedy Central Fine Art Exhibition”
2002 Quixote Studios, West Hollywood, CA

Benefit Auctions

"Vessels of the Avant Garde Silent Auction"
2009 Deborah Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Via Colori Silent Art Auction"
2009 Via Colori, Houston, TX 

"Expressions in Chalk Silent Art Auction”
2008 Imadon Gallery, London, Ontario 

"Via Colori Silent Art Auction"
2007 Via Colori, Houston, TX

"PAWS Art Auction & Gala"
2007 PAWS, Los Angeles, CA
Recent Exhibits

Melanie Van Latum participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2011 NAUGHTY BABY exhibit benefitting Clothes the Deal
The Happening Gallery
Dec, 2009 Vessels of the Avant Garde New Paintings by Melanie Van Latum
Deborah Martin Gallery
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Melanie Van Latum has Exhibited at these venues:

The Happening Gallery Deborah Martin Gallery
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