Contemporary Abstract Art

Contemporary Artist Paints with a Leaf Blower

Contemporary Artist Paints with a Leaf Blower
Melissa Ayr Paints “Poppy Collection” with Air

Melissa Ayr - Poppy Collection - Leaf Blower - Golden Gate Bridge 75th

Contemporary Abstract Artist, Melissa Ayr is an artist who paints with air. Ayr has emerged from her studio with a fresh perspective on contemporary painting with her unique practice of using a leaf blower to push paint on canvas. Ayr releases her latest works as a collection inspired by California, the Poppy Collection sets the tone and elements of this floral series with vibrant luminosity. Classically trained in the elements of composition, color and perspective, Ayr creates her own canvas and color pallet with a mixture of pigment, oil and acrylic. The Poppy collection is a body of work created entirely using air. Her instrument of choice is her signature leaf blower which enables Melissa to move layers of paint across the canvas with swift strokes creating an ethereal style that is neither tempered nor deliberate.


Video: Painting with Air – In the Studio with AYR


Ayr is not new to the concept of layering. There is a natural evolution that has taken place that has developed painting by painting and continues to evolve still. With experimentation comes new ground as she defines the style of work she builds. Ayr will often start with the colors at hand and expand. Pushing, pulling and mixing to create her unique art. Paint flows, it dries, it lies somewhere betwixt a liquid and permanence. With the addition of paint, layers form to create a background ripe for expansion or content to be present. Ayr applies the paint in translucent layers on the Canvas and is able to control the air to bend and shape into the essence of floral.

Melissa has been known to use non-traditional methods to produce her works. She has painted with her fingers, hands, arms, breasts, feet and her entire body often bathing in the colors she uses to create. Drizzling, pouring, flowing, throwing have been in her artistic repertoire as tools in her arsenal. Melissa is not attuned to any prescribed method, but chooses to be sporadic, spontaneous and unabashed in her approach to a new piece.

The art world awakens in Miami during the month of December for a host of premiere art fairs, events and all night parties. Art Basel Miami Beach, Red Dot, Pool, NADA Art Fair, Verge Art Miami Beach, and Art Miami will all be on view in early December.

The Poppy Collection will be featured at Red Dot Miami, DECEMBER 5th-8th, 2012. in Florida. Wynwood Art District, 3011 NE 1st Avenue (at NW 31st Street), Miami, FL 33137.

To find out more about the upcoming exhibition and artist Melissa Ayr visit http://www.melissaayr.com.

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About Artist Melissa Ayr:
Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is an international contemporary abstract artist. She was nationally recognized and selected as one of ten artists represented by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey. Her art is on the cutting edge of color with bold flowing blends of light and dark. Her style is colorful, vibrant, and full of texture. She incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth and life. She’s known for her rich vibrant color and her ability to create dimension on a flat canvas. http://www.melissaayr.com.

Contemporary Artist Dares to be Square

Melissa Ayr Releases the ‘SquAyr’ Collection featuring Elegant Squares of Creativity.

New York, NY, March 15th, 2011 – Melissa Ayr – Contemporary Art Abstract Painter – today announces her new series of colorful paintings titled ‘SquAyr’.  The paintings will be featured at The Artist Project New York later this week.  SquAyr is the latest collection of artwork from Contemporary Abstract Artist Melissa Ayr and features a little bit of air, a little bit of Art Deco and a whole lot of color.

Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is an international contemporary abstract artist.  Melissa Ayr was nationally recognized and selected as one of ten artists represented at Art Basel Miami Beach by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.  Her art is on the cutting edge of color with bold flowing blends of light and dark. Her style is colorful, vibrant, and full of texture. She incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth and life.  Melissa Ayr is known for her rich vibrant color and her ability to create dimension on a flat canvas.  Melissa paints through an expressive process she calls “Pure Creativity” and she carries this creativity into her SquAyr collection.

The SquAyr collection has been crafted with creativity and designed for flexibility. As a play on words Melissa Ayr has gone back to the basics with her use of both the square shape and the mixing of primary colors. Ms. Ayr states that, “the artwork is made during the act of playful discovery.” Her style is Abstract Expressionism and her techniques are rather unconventional. The artist utilised primary straight pigment and paint combined with “Forced Air” to craft an extraordinary set of abstract paintings on 36” x 36” geometric square canvas. The square shape provides the ability to rotate the painting to the desired orientation and can be grouped together as a set.

For additional information about the Artist please visit The Artist Project New York – Booth #105 or her website: http://www.melissaayr.com.

Melissa Ayr

Melissa Ayr is a colorful contemporary abstract painter whose work incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth, and life.  Melissa Ayr’s art has hung in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and her art resides in homes of high profile fine art collectors.  Media Contact:  Harris Bevier 646.360.0297 media@ayrart.com

The Artist Project New York

The Artist Project is an exhibition of fine art by a selection of unrepresented international artists.  The event is featured along with the 10th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 92/94 March 16th– 20th, 2011.  Produced by MMPI, a leading producer of fine art, craft, antiques and home design shows, The Artist Project New York will present a rare opportunity to view and purchase contemporary fine art offering collectors, curators, dealers and the public direct access to a juried selection of emerging and established talent.   Media Contact: Victoria Kent 312.527.7508 vkent@mmart.com

Contemporary Artist Debuts Wearable Art New Fashion Luxury Lifestyle Brand

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Harris Bevier
646.360.0297
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CONTEMPORARY ARTIST DEBUTS WEARABLE ART NEW FASHION LUXURY LIFESTYLE BRAND

Melissa Ayr Launches ‘Wearable Art’ with One of a Kind Painted Designer Jeans

DALLAS, TEXAS, February 2011 – Melissa Ayr – Contemporary Art Abstract Painter – today announces her new brand, Ayr Wear™, which will design, market and sell various lifestyle products. The new fashion luxury lifestyle brand made its official debut in December 2010 at Art Basel Miami Beach.  First to launch in the exclusive Ayr Wear line are the Wearable Art Painted Jeans collection.  The clothing features colorful contemporary artwork directly on the fabric of premium designer jeans and jeggings, in a painting style for which Melissa Ayr is famous.

Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is an international contemporary abstract artist.  Melissa Ayr was nationally recognized and was selected as one of ten artists represented at Art Basel Miami Beach by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.  Her art is on the cutting edge of color with bold flowing blends of light and dark. Her style is colorful, vibrant and full of texture. She incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth and life.  Melissa Ayr is known for her rich vibrant color and the ability to create dimension on a flat canvas.  Melissa paints through an expressive process she calls “Pure Creativity” and carries this creativity into her Ayr Wear™ clothing.

The initial line consists of a collection known as Elegant Creativity – luxury designer jeans embellished with one of a kind art work in Melissa’s own signature style.  Ayr Wear™ uses a proprietary process to paint clothing that can endure everyday use.  The Elegant Creativity collection will be available in several boutiques around Dallas in the next month.

Melissa also offer’s an exclusive service to provide one of a kind Ayr Art on your favorite pair of denim’s.  This premium service will provides the ultimate fit, including your choice of colors, style, leg(s) and placement.  Melissa has painted on several famous designer brands including Seven for All Mankind, True Religion, Lucky Jeans, Joe’s Jeans, Dylan George, Citizens of Humanity, Stitch’s Jeans, Calvin Klein and many others.

Ayr Wear will kick-start the business with various jeans collections and will soon expand into dresses, purses and shoes to serve as a full fashion luxury lifestyle brand.

The Ayr Wear™ line will be available at high-end retailers and online. Retailers interested in carrying the line can call 646.360.0297 or send an e-mail to sales@ayrwear.com.

For more information, art work, media inquiries and interviews please contact Harris Bevier at 646.360.0297 or media@ayrart.com.

Melissa Ayr
Melissa Ayr, born in New York, is a contemporary abstract painter.  Ayr Wear™ is a fashion luxury lifestyle brand started in 2010 by Melissa Ayr.  Ayr Wear™ painted clothing is a subsidiary of Art Art, Inc.  http://www.ayrwear.com

Ruinart Selects Ten Artists For Exhibition at The Betsy Hotel South Beach

NOVEMBER 23, 2010 – The Betsy South Beach will be playing host to the works of ten artists, commissioned by Ruinart, the first established champagne House in 1729.  On December 2, 2010, the exhibition will kick off during Art Basel in Miami Beach highlighting a commitment to the arts from both organizations.   The works were produced using classic and avant-garde techniques, in a variety of mediums, including photography, paint and sculpture.  Artist’s were inspired by many facets of this pioneering Champagne, from the unique bottle shape to the history of its creator Dom Ruinart, all producing unique works that will ultimately be auctioned in New York to benefit the non-profit organization The Art of Elysium .

Official – Ruinart Event Program

This November, the pieces will travel to Miami to form a pop-up gallery at The Betsy located on Ocean Drive.  The pop-up gallery will be located in the lobby bar, where Ruinart Blanc de Blancs (100% Premier Crus Chardonnay) will be available for sale to guests wanting to sip fine champagne while browsing the exhibit, enhancing the total experience.

The artists who have been inspired by Ruinart and will be showcased at the exhibition are:  Melissa Ayr, Elijah Blue, Isaac Fortoul, Mark Leibowitz, Pascal Pierme, Johnny Robles, Dane Storrusten, Carrie Sunday, Kiki Valdes, and Trish Williams.

The exhibit closes by February 2011, at which time these contemporary works of art will travel to New York to be auctioned in the Spring. All proceeds will go to The Art of Elysium, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 supporting the creativity of children battling serious medical conditions.

About Ruinart

In 1729, when Nicolas Ruinart laid the foundations of the very first champagne house, he was in fact realizing the ambition of his uncle, Dom Thierry Ruinart. A Benedictine monk, Dom Ruinart intuitively foresaw the fame and success champagne would enjoy by gauging the popularity of this new sparkling wine amongst his contemporaries in the court of Versailles.  The House of Ruinart was the first to use Gallo Roman chalk cellars to age its wines, and opened the American market as early as 1831. Since then, Ruinart has continued to develop its reputation as the sophisticated boutique champagne for discerning wine lovers.

Press Information for Ruinart

Dorothy Bakker, Brand Manager
Ruinart Champagne
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Jeffrey Pogash, Communications Director
Moët Hennessy USA
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Original Ayr Painting “Be Ruinart” Going to Art Basel Miami

Contemporary Abstract Artist Melissa Ayr has been selected as one of ten artists in the United States to be represented at Art Basel in Miami by Ruinart Champagne, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey.  Melissa Ayr and Ruinart champagne share the same fundamental values of authenticity, openness, refinement and quality.  Ruinart sponsored the opening night of the “Ayr Art Transformation Tour”, a national solo art exhibition featuring new and existing works of art created by Melissa Ayr.  Featured at the Dallas exhibition was a special toast of Ruinart Champagne to unveil the new painting by Melissa Ayr titled “Be Ruinart.”

Melissa Ayr Art "Be Ruinart" Painting

Melissa Ayr Unveils "Be Ruinart"

Melissa Ayr is a colorful contemporary abstract painter whose work incorporates high energy, fluidity, growth, and life.  Melissa Ayr’s art has hung in the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and her art resides in homes of high profile collectors.  Earlier this year, Melissa was featured with a solo exhibition “Ocean Drive” as part the Celebrity Super Bowl Charity Bash in Miami Beach.  Last year, Melissa was featured as the only American Artist at the 2009 World Wilderness Congress with her ground breaking “Wild Thing” painting that raised awareness and funding for the Wild Foundation and Jane Goodall.

The night the piece was unveiled Ms. Ayr shared thoughts about “Be Ruinart”.  “I was asked to create my interpretation of what Ruinart champagne would look like as a contemporary art piece. I was given a bottle to enjoy and sit alone with my thoughts.”  “The name Ruinart was something that caught my eye; ‘art’ being in the name of the champagne itself.  How could this champagne, art and the excitement built up within be combined and conveyed on a canvas?”  Ms. Ayr stated that as she opened the bottle, the Champagne cork popped and champagne spilled out.  Melissa took this into the studio and used paint tubes spilling out of the bottle onto the canvas to convey an explosion of art.

Ms. Ayr was inspired to use paint tubes in “Be Ruinart” because of a story about Picasso.  While living in Lake Tahoe, Ms. Ayr had an opportunity to work with DA Russo, a student of Pablo Picasso.  He would speak of his time living with Picasso in France when he was a young boy.  According to DA Russo, Picasso was known for keeping the left over tubes of oil paints his students discarded.   He had a box near the door of the class where the students would dispose of them.  When the box was filled Picasso would snip off the ends of the tubes, butterfly the tubes and then use the remainder of the paint that was left inside for his own art.

“Be Ruinart” is a 3-dimensional multi media painting on hand stretched linen.  Melissa states, “In the painting, I have included over 40 opened tubes of paint I used myself and have butterflied open.  I have also included my own pallet, a pallet knife, a sable paint brush, a pencil sharper, oil paint medium, a bottle of Ruinart champagne, the Ruinart cork and wrapper, small speaks of clear plastic, and my signature monarch butterfly.  If you look closely you will find a Dragon, a symbol of creativity. “

“Be Ruinart” is a Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey commission with a mission.  “Be Ruinart” will be represented at Art Basel Miami in December 2010 and then auctioned off in New York in January 2011.  The painting will benefit the Museum of Arts & Design in New York with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Museum for their education programs.

To find out more about the “Ayr Art Transformation Tour” and artist Melissa Ayr visit http://www.melissaayr.com.

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About Artist Melissa Ayr:

Melissa Ayr’s mission is simple; create with passion, open the World’s mind to creativity and become the highest valued female artist of our time.  Melissa offers high end fine art using hand crafted custom made canvas, the finest quality paint and artist talent to make every original painting unique.  Melissa sells original abstract paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media and keeps her indelible oath to grow her brand, maintain value and hold true to the trust that many collectors have placed in her.  http://www.melissaayr.com

About Ruinart:

Champagne Ruinart is the oldest French Champagne company, established in 1729. It is a very high-quality Champagne, and has recently been re-introduced to the U.S market. It is owned now by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey, the world leader in luxury items.  http://www.ruinart.com :: http://www.lvmh.com

Ayr Art Transformation Tour – a Toast of Dallas and a gift of Music

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Ayr Art Transformation Tour – a Toast of Dallas and a gift of Music

DALLAS, TX August 31, 2010 — Saturday August 21st, signaled both the start of the Ayr Art Transformation Tour and the rise of contemporary abstract artist Melissa Ayr. The tour is a solo art exhibition featuring new and existing works of art created by painter Melissa Ayr. The tour also raises awareness and funding for the Book Bank Foundation to continue promoting literacy and community programs.

The Dallas event on August 21st was a special night as the evening was also the unveiling of a painting created exclusively for Champagne Ruinart, a brand of Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey Group. Featured at the Event was a special toast of Champagne Ruinart to unveil the new painting by Melissa Ayr titled “Be Ruinart.” Melissa Ayr has been selected and will be represented by Ruinart at Art Basel in Miami later this year.

Melissa Ayr shared thoughts about her latest painting “Be Ruinart” and was able to reach many with her personal story of transformation. As a child Melissa was in a severe automobile accident, fell into a coma and had a near death experience. When she awoke from her coma she was told she could never walk again, could never go to college, could never have children and could never hold a job. Melissa has overcome all of these. Melissa’s drive is model of courage and determination and through her personal trials was able to find art and creativity as her outlet for self expression.

The Founder of the Book Bank Foundation, Glenn Toby spoke about his own transformation of living on the streets of New York as a child to reaching a level of huge success. He is a thriving celebrity/sports agent who has focused the non-profit organization he founded to provide over 100,000 hours of community service across the United States.

The Ayr Art event was held at the Piano Gallery in Dallas which showcases world class pianos. Concert Pianist Elida Dakoli performed a lively set of songs showcasing her talent and skill as one of the best pianists in Texas. Owner Bob Rosenthal stated “It truly was a wonderful event (you can always tell the success of an event by how late the guests stay), and for the most part, they did not want to leave.”

At the end of the evening, Bob Rosenthal made an announcement that brought tears of joy to Melissa Ayr. The evening ended with an amazing surprise donation of a Grand Piano from the Piano Gallery to be painted by Artist Melissa Ayr. Once the Piano is painted, the Piano artwork will then be given to Musical Angels.  Musical Angels is a non-profit organization created for hospitalized children to actively participate in the joyful and healing process of making music with their own hands and hearts.

The evening was a sponsored by Champagne Ruinart, Chopin Vodka, Piano Gallery and Dallas Central Market. The Tour will continue onto Los Angeles, San Francisco and end in New York City on December 11th.

To find out more about the Ayr Art Transformation Tour and artist Melissa Ayr visit http://www.melissaayr.com.

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About Artist Melissa Ayr:

Melissa Ayr’s mission is simple; create with passion, open the World’s mind to creativity and become the highest valued female artist of our time.  Melissa offers high end fine art using hand crafted custom made canvas, the finest quality paint and artist talent to make every original painting unique.  Melissa sells original abstract paintings in oil, acrylic and mixed media and keeps her indelible oath to grow her brand, maintain value and hold true to the trust that many collectors have placed in her. http://www.melissaayr.com

About The Book Bank Foundation:

The Book Bank Foundation is a national organization that is dedicated to creating solutions for individuals that lack the educational and/or socio-economical resources required to function in society.  http://www.thebbf.org/