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Artist of the Month May 2019 – Aimee Melaugh

Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 9am

Coal Shed, Oil on Canvas 2018 by Aimee Melaugh Image: Coal Shed, Oil on Canvas 2018 by Aimee Melaugh

Aimee Melaugh studied at the University of Ulster’s Belfast School of Art, graduating in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting. At the Belfast School of Art Degree show, Aimee was selected to exhibit at the Royal Ulster Academy and was longlisted for the RDS Visual Arts Award.

Aimee’s recent body of work presents tragic events and provokes a sense of unease through the presentation of dislocated limbs and unsettling spaces. Inspired by the theory of affect devised by Baruch Spinoza, Aimee aims to create works that trigger reactions and emotions in the viewer, and which have the potential to transport the viewer to a different time and space, and so enabling them to re-evaluate past events. She uses imagery relating to war from old family albums and from the book Wall of Steel by Richard Doherty, which describes events that Aimee’s grandfather would have witnessed during his army service in World War II.

Coal Shed is part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection. It depicts a hot cloud of red and orange, engulfing figures and other everyday objects. The painting represents social deprivation in the aftermath of war, presented through tones of blue and orange that generate a serene effect. The painting was inspired by an old photograph depicting soldiers in Alexandria who served with Aimee’s grandfather in 1942, and other old family photographs (including one of the family coal shed) from the 1970’s, at a time of turbulence in Northern Ireland.

Further details about Aimee and her work can be found at

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