Felicity Meachem

Felicity Meachem
BA (Hons) Painting // University of Brighton ’18

Felicity is a contemporary artist, born in Norfolk. Since graduating two years ago, she has moved to pursue her practice, now based at AWOL Studios in Ancoats, Manchester.

Burgeoning with an overload of pattern, Felicity’s work celebrates the use of the decorative within contemporary fine art painting. While pattern can still signify twee, kitsch, and the feminine, she believes that with the right use of decoration in painting it can be evocative and empowering. Figures are suspended in an indefinite psychedelic space, reminiscent of the BFG floating and tumbling about in his ‘phiz-whizzing’ dream country.

Her paintings depict dreamscapes made of collaged images sourced or appropriated from different cultures, from Japanese Kimonos, African Dutch wax prints to Ancient Paracas textiles. She aspires to create a utopian world where all cultures can live in harmony.

“I am aware that contrasting different cultural iconographies, from western to non-western patterning, can be quite contentious – especially with its relation to ‘Orientalism’. However, I wish to investigate the complex internationalism of pattern work, which I strongly believe is a cultural fabric that overlaps.

While our current situation is one of stark inequality, political breakdown, economic crisis and ecological emergency, I want to reinforce the necessity of utopia as an imaginative and critical gesture. My paintings serve as a battleground where the anxiety and optimism of the present collide. Above all, I want to demonstrate that whatever the difference in our culture or physical appearances, there is more that unites than divides us”.

Throughout her studies, Felicity was an active member of Brighton’s art community – taking part in a number of group shows, as well as co-curating and invigilating exhibitions at her university. She also undertook a variety of volunteering roles, including being a Student Course Rep, Cass Art Student Ambassador and fundraiser for a degree show catalogue, to name just a few. Her achievements post-university include being the First Runner Up of the Graduate Art Prize and being selected for the From Studio Floor exhibition competition (2018).

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Rock Away The Idle Night
Oil on canvas
150 x 120 cm
£1500

Lightning So Bright it Came Through the Pillow
Oil on canvas
120 x 150 cm
£1500

Education

2015 – 2018
BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, University of Brighton.

2014 – 2015
Foundation Studies Art, Design and Media, Wensum Lodge Adult Education Centre, Norwich.

Exhibitions

2020
HOME Open Exhibition, HOME Manchester.

2019
AWOL Open studios, AWOL Studios, Manchester.

2018
Graduate Art Prize, Artiq, London.
Vice Chancellor’s Exhibition, University of Brighton.
Degree Show, University of Brighton.
From The Studio Floor, St Barnabas Church, Cambridge.
Reverie, University of Brighton.

2017
STATE YOUR CASE, 5th Base Gallery, London.
Impressions: Cass Art Staff Festival, Bargehouse, London.
IN-BETWEEN: 2nd Year Fine Art Painting and Sculpture, Grand Parade, University of Brighton.

2015
Open Studios, Foundation Art Exhibition, Wensum Lodge Adult Education Centre, Norwich.

Awards

2020
Selected to be part of Manchester HOME Open Exhibition

2018
First Runner up of The Graduate Art Prize 2018 – awarded £500 Atlantis vouchers
Selected to be a part of From the Studio Floor through competition application.

2016
Merit Scholarship of £1000 from The University of Brighton

Other Experience

2019
Volunteer Social Media and PR Coordinator for Manifest Arts Festival

2018
Co-ran Indiegogo fundraising page, raising £2,000 for degree show catalogue.

2017
Co-curator of ‘IN-BETWEEN’ 2nd Year Fine Art Painting exhibition

2016 – 2018
Gallery Steward at The University of Brighton

2016 – 2017
Cass Art Student Ambassador

2016
Photographer for Raising and Giving Society’s Masquerade Ball
Filmed and interviewed for the Palestine Society’s Exhibition of Carlos Lutuff’s political cartoons

2015 – 2018
Student Class Rep