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C&C Gallery are Delighted to Announce the International Representation of Melissa Kime
 Now living and working in London, Kime graduated with a BA Fine Art in 2011 from Falmouth University, with a postgraduate diploma in drawing from the Royal Drawing School in 2013 and with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2015. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad in both solo and group shows, she has won numerous prizes for both drawing and painting and her work is in many private collections.

Kime's work is currently on show at C&C Gallery until October 6th and will also be showcasing new  paintings and sculpture at London Art Fair 2020.

Kime’s paintings are set to a Roman Catholic backdrop, they are cloaked in Catholic Folklore and magick. The women in her work perform rituals centred upon healing, jinx removal or the prevention of bad things happening-fertility spells and protection but mostly, these women are trying to connect together and survive, through the linking of menstrual blood, plaited hair and autobiographical experiences. 

Kime weaves her way through the memory and activity of such women, women who were wise, clever ‘highly strung’, women who were healers or herbalists, people with inner knowledge and feminine secrets or simply those using their sexuality for it’s power over men, all may easily be accused of witchcraft, an effective weapon with which to silence or disempower them. A highly dangerous activity requiring the author to hide diary’s, notes recipes, even their bodies by stitching them into the layered folds of delicate needlework. This activity is mirrored within Kime’s practice where she layers paint, symbols and memory in honour and camaraderie with those that have gone before her. Linking them through plaited hair, hand-holding, sisterhood, blood rites and self projections of herself superimposed within their stories. Time and space move aside and individualism fades whilst she highlights the ancestral lineage of all women through all that is woman and the wrongs that have been done to them.
 
Melissa Kime was born in Wiltshire UK in 1989 and currently lives and works in London. She graduated with a BA Fine Art in 2011 from Falmouth University, with a postgraduate diploma in drawing from the Royal Drawing School in 2013 and with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2015.  She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries ICA 2014 and won the Arts Club award at the 2019 Royal Academy Summer show. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad in both solo and group shows, her work is in many private collections and she has won numerous prizes for both drawing and painting including The Arts Club Award for artists under 35 at the Royal Academy Summer Show (2019) Award from The Arts Club selected by Alice Chadwick - Healey, Inge Borg Scott and Bob and Roberta Smith. The Gordon Luton award for fine art (2015) (selected from all 2015 graduates of The Slade,Royal Academy Schools and the Royal College of Art). Windsor and Newton drawing prize award from The Royal Drawing School (2012). Full scholarship to study on the drawing year at The Royal Drawing School (2011-12). She has been shortlisted for Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize - Evelyn Williams Drawing Award.
 

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