Carl Melegari was born and raised in Bristol, where he continues to live and paint. He was a lecturer for many years at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, his alma mater (BA, Hons).
Carl's Italian heritage is reflected in the titling of his paintings, each with a unique name and meaning linked to the sitter portrayed. Melegari applies his paint with a palette knife, allowing the behavior of the material to drip to dramatic effect. The artist has been known to revisit a piece as much as three years down the line, reworking the subject until satisfaction is reached. This practice bears influence from the likes of Auerbach and Freud, but the final product is distinctively and unmistakably Melegari's own.
Carl shows regularly with Thompson's Gallery in both London and Aldeubrgh, with collectors across the UK, Europe and the United States.
Carl Melegari, in his own words, describes his unique painting process:
“I begin by applying an oil turpentine tonal wash to the figure. I apply various impasto layers of oil paints (I mix an alkyd medium with the oil to enable a better drying process) using brush but predominately palette knifes. I occasionally scrape back layers and then I reapply liberally with vigour and attacking the canvas. This is applied with bold applications of paint fused with thinned paint using either or sometimes a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. All this allows the paint to interact with my application. I will allow the drips to run in different directions. The drying process can take weeks and quite often I will rework into the painting by peeling away and reworking the layers. I’m basically exploring the physicality of the paint and how it reacts with the surface - applying the paint liberally allowing it to drip spontaneously too.”
Mostra di Pittura di San Bonifacio – Italy
VI Premio Internazinale Citta di Soave – Italy
The Salon Des Nations – Paris
The Kooywood Gallery – Cardiff
Waterman Fine Art – London
Cadogan Contemporary – London
Innocent Fine Art – Bristol
Royal West of England Academy – Bristol
The Sketching and Drawing Bible – Marilyn Scott
The Artists Pocket Palette – North Light
The Perfect Drawing – Harper Collins
The Encyclopaedia of Drawing Techniques – Running Press
How to Capture Movement in your Paintings – Arum