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Kathleen Melian

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Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


Everett Community College, MFA

abstract, figurative, landscape, OilPaintings. representational



My recent body of work is a series of seven paintings produced for my MFA Thesis show, April 10, 2012 at Claremont Graduate University. I live and work in Los Angeles.

The following is a portion of my statement supporting the thesis show, entitled “Lalaland”: I employ images as an object of identity for the viewers, forging a connection with the subjects. Figures in the scenes become stand-ins for the observer offering them a voyeuristic window to another life. The imperfections and inconsistent aspects are the most interesting for me because this is where potential lies for rupture as reallity and fiction collide. The fun of the charade grates on the spirit, beginning to wear thin.

In my work, the fantasies created by society multiply and become a complex system that deceives and creates a pseudo-reality, an entrapment for people. It becomes impossible to distinguish between fact and fiction. Society becomes a place of myth and artifice, both terrifying and sublime.




Claremont Graduate University MFA program candidate 2012

Art Mentor Program, Santa Monica College 2005-2006, 2009

B.S. Design Science, Arizona State University


"Lalaland",  MFA Thesis Exhibition, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University.  April, 2012

“Split Second Split”, Second Year MFA Exhibition, Bergamot Station F2 Gallery with companion exhibition at Claremont Graduate University Galleries. Santa Monica, September 2011

“Cultural Abstraction, Contemporary Figurations”, The works of Seven Contemporary Figurative Painters in Santa Monica, Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica, July 2011.

“Chain Letter”, Summer 2011 Group Exhibition, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, July 2011

“Summer Soul Sis”, Jaus Gallery, group show, Los Angeles, July, 2011

“Thirteen By Thirteen”, DAC Gallery group show, Los Angeles, May, 2011, Claremont City Hall, group show, April, 2011

“Vex Again”, dA center for the Arts Pomona, Ca., group show,  April, 2011

“Traces”, Claremont Graduate University, group show,  Novermber, 2010

“Friction”, First Year MFA Group Show, Claremont Graduate University,  Oct., 2010 

“Santa Monica Art Mentor Program Juried Art Show, Barrett Gallery, 2010,curated by Meg Linton, Director of Galleries and Exhibitons at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

“117”, Art Mentor group show, Barrett Gallery, 2009, curated by Pilar Tompkins, Director of Latin American branch, Artist Pension Trust, Mexico

“Santa Monica Airport Art Walk”, 2009

“Small Wonders”, Pfarmaka Gallery group show, Los Angeles,  2007, juried by Holly Meyers, Los Angeles Times Art Critic. 



Merit Scholarship,Women Painters West, 2009

Claremont Graduate University Fellowship 2011-2012

Artslant Round #3 Showcase Winner, painting, June 2012

Recent Exhibits

Kathleen Melian participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 Within the Cave
Durden and Ray
Feb, 2014 Tactical Diversions
Oct, 2013 MAS ATTACK 2 – a meet-the-artist evening ONE NIGHT ONLY
Torrance Art Museum
Sep, 2013 City & Self
Red Pipe Gallery
May, 2013 SÉANCE
Coagula Curatorial
Jul, 2012 BOOM 2012
den contemporary
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