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Biography

Melissa Ayr - Poppy Collection - Leaf Blower - Golden Gate Bridge 75th
About the Artist:
Melissa Ayr paints with Air.  Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is an abstract painter that paints with energy, emotion and color.  She incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth and life.  She changes her environment and uses the materials around her to create her art in the moment.  From oils, to acrylics, to inks, to chalks, to watercolors, each painting is original and inspired by the energy of the moment and each piece has a story.  Melissa’s art is mostly created using her fingers, hands, breasts, and her body.  She will occasionally use brushes but prefers to push the edge of painting by using her body and an endless variation of objects and materials.  Melissa continues to push the boundaries of abstract art just as those who influenced her.  Melissa is inspired by the lives and art of Picasso, Pollock, Kandinsky, Frankenthaler, Chagall, Da Vinci, Monet, & Degas.  Melissa has worked with some brilliant creative minds in the art world.  While living in Lake Tahoe she did plein air paintings with David DA Russo a student of Pablo Picasso.  Picasso taught David to create and create and create.  Melissa learned that the number one rule in being an artist is to always create art.

Melissa states “I am here to create art.  I am here to touch others with art.  I am thankful to be alive and I paint with passion.  The energy that flows throughout my body is put into my body of artwork.  I am always striving to capture the feeling, depth and flow of the moment.  My desire is for a person to relax and let their mind wander and refresh as they look at the artwork.“

Melissa’s art has been sought after for private collections and has a client base in France, UK, Sweden, Australia, China and the United States.  Melissa was recently selected as one of ten artists in the United States to be represented at Art Basel in Miami & Art Platform in Los Angeles by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey. Over the summer Melissa Ayr was invited by the International Child Art Foundation to speak at the World Art Olympiad in Washington DC. The Art Olympiad is an event held every 4 years at the National Mall where Children from around the World can collaborate together to celebrate their creativity and imagination through the arts.

Melissa Ayr is committed to excellence in quality, color and composition and has made a natural pursuit of advancing the areas of abstraction, self expression, pure creativity and of course, expanding the art of painting.   Melissa uses custom made and hand stretched canvas and the finest paints and mediums that allow the art to endure the test of time.

Melissa invites you to learn more about her passion, her unique style, and her dedication to her clients.

Curriculum Vitae:

Awards / Honors:

  • Artist Melissa Ayr has been selected as one of ten artists in the United States to be represented at Art Basel | Miami Beach & Art Platform – Los Angeles by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.
  • Melissa Ayr was recently commissioned to paint her style of art work on a Young Chang Baby Grand Piano which was sold by Heritage Auction house.

Education:
2013-     San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1999       College of Notre Dame, Art Therapy Training, Belmont, CA
1995       University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Berkeley, CA

Professional Experience:
1999-Present      Scribbles Art, Business Owner / Art Instructor, San Francisco, CA
2008      YAT Gallery, Gallery Art Director, Keller, TX
2007      Tahoe Art League, Publicity Chair, South Lake Tahoe, CA
1998      Art for Recovery, Cancer/AIDS Patient Art Evangelist, San Francisco, CA
1994-1998      New Age Academy, Art Instructor, Berkeley, CA
1993      Museum of Children’s Art, Gallery Director / Art Instructor, Oakland, CA

Board Trustee:
2010-11  ICAF – International Child Art Foundation Advisory Board, Washington, DC
2007      Tahoe Art League, Publicity Chair, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Recognized Instructors:
2014       Reagan Louie, San Francisco Art Institute SFAI, San Francisco, CA
2014       Christopher Coppola, San Francisco Art Institute SFAI, San Francisco, CA
2013       Jeremy Morgan, San Francisco Art Institute SFAI, San Francisco, CA
2009      Edward Gilmore, Coeur d’Alene, ID
2008      Francois Arenas, Grapevine, TX
2007      Linda DeCurtis, Zephyr Cove, NV
2006      David “DA” Russo (Student of Picasso), South Lake Tahoe, CA

Professional Accreditation:
2011      Florence Biennale
2010      Liverpool Biennial

Selected Art Exhibition:
2016      Art Millennium – San Francisco, CA – Featured Exhibition – SOMA
2016      Divino – Milwaukee, WI – Featured Exhibition
2014      Art Exploration – Angora Hills, CA – Featured Exhibition – Kourosh Fine Art Gallery
2013      Concentrate – San Francisco, CA – Group Exhibition – SFAI
2013      Spectrum, New York, New York, NY – Javits Center – Group Exhibition
2013      The Red Zone, Gallery 85, San Jose, CA – Group Exhibition
2012      Red Dot, Miami Beach, FL – Group Exhibition – Traffucking
2012      Eighths, March Group Exhibition – Chelsea, New York
2011      Honey Bee, Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze 2011
2011      10 Artists for Ruinart, Art Platform – Los Angeles
2011      SquAyr, The Artist Project New York / 10th Annual Architectural Digest Home Show, New York – Pier 92
2010      Be Ruinart, Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) / Ruinart Champagne, Miami Beach, FL
2010      Ayr Art Transformation Tour – Dallas, TX (Selected Contemporary Artist by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.)
2010      Ocean Drive, NFL Super Bowl Charity Bash, Miami Beach, FL, – 47 Million Reasons
2009      Wild Thing, Wild9 World Congress, Yucatan, Mexico, – The Wild Foundation
2009      Rush, Gilmore Collective Art Gallery, Coeur d’Alene, ID
2009      Pure Creativity, Goodrich Gallery, Dallas, TX- Solo Show
2009      Fire Rainbow, Art251, Keller, TX
2009      Crimson Tide (Unfinished), America’s Extreme Home Makeover, Keller, TX, – YAT Gallery
2009      Benefit Exhibition, Texas Motor Speedway, Roanoke, TX, – Keller Chamber of Commerce
2009      Gallery Exhibition, Grapevine Main Street Art Gallery, Grapevine, TX
2008      Exhibition, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), McKinney, TX
2008      Artists of Texas, City Hall, Keller, TX
2008      Benefit Exhibition, Sierra Nevada Active 20-30 Club – Fashion Show, South Lake Tahoe
2008      Award Winning Invitation, The Great Trail Drive, Fort Worth, TX, – Rocky Top Therapy
2008      Benefit Exhibition, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Dallas, TX, – Brian’s House
2008      Benefit Exhibition, Texas Motor Speedway, Roanoke, TX, – Speedway Children’s Charities
2008      Exhibition, Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie, TX, – Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund
2008      Benefit Exhibition, Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX, – Grace Gala
2008      True Colors, House of Colors Fine Art Gallery, Grapevine, TX
2008      Art of Jazz, MontBleu Casino Resort, South Lake Tahoe
2007      Join the Vibration, Galerie Blu’u Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe
2007      Benefit Exhibition, Edgewood Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, – American Century Celebrity Golf Championship
2007      Exhibition, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV, – Tahoe Art League
2007      Exhibition, Village Art Gallery at Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe
2007      Exhibition, Galerie Noir Art Gallery, South Lake Tahoe
2007      Exhibition, Sand Harbor at Incline Village, Incline Village, NV
2007      Benefit Exhibition and Installation , Tennessee State University Women’s Center, Nashville, TN
2007      Volunteers in Art Exhibition– Untitled, Nevada Museum of Art (NMA), Reno, NV
2006      Benefit Exhibition, Edgewood Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe, – American Century Celebrity Golf Championship
2002     Falling, Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco, CA, – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
1999      University Installation Sculpture ATR, College Of Notre Dame, Belmont CA
1999      Gallery Exhibition, The Wiegand Gallery, Belmont CA
1997      Women’s Group Exhibition of Art and Self Expression, The Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
1997      Exhibition, National Institute of Health, Washington DC, – Art for Recovery
1997      Exhibition, Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, CA, – Art for Recovery
1995      University of California at Berkeley, Sculpture Instillation on Campus, Berkeley CA
1994      Gallery Exhibition, Berkeley Art Museum (BAM), Berkeley, CA