Petronius by Carl Melegari oil on canvas

Carl was born in North Wales of Italian parentage. He took a degree at Bristol’s Bower Ashton Art School, graduating in 1981 and still lives and paints in the city.

Exploring the human form and the urban landscape, Carl’s work has a powerful, enigmatic presence, born of its layered, textured physicality and minimal, monochromatic palette. Often working from life with models, Carl focuses on the semi-abstraction inherent in the figure and has become increasingly fascinated by the versatility of oil paint. Arguably his images are as much explorations of the medium and how it responds to manipulation and surface, as they are expressionistic nudes and landscapes.

Carl’s work draws from sculptural influences such as Manuel Neri and from Colourists like Morandi. His distinctively muted choice of colours evokes a sense of isolation and seclusion, whilst the liberally applied layers of freely dripping paint mirror the presence and personality of the sitter, both literally and symbolically.