Melissa Beowulf has been an artist-in-residence at Beowulf Galleries for the past six years and has just completed a Master of Art - Painting at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, in Paddington.
Melissa is primarily a portrait artist, though she also works in other media such as sculpture, pastel and silkscreening. She was a finalist in the 2000 Archibald Prize, with a portrait of Ken Done, and was a finalist in the 1998, 2000, 2001 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize and, in 2003, was Highly Commended. Melissa had two portraits in the 2010 Portia Geach - "If all elase fails...!"(Michael Kempson) and "The Sleek Geek" (Adam Spencer).
In 2001, Melissa's portrait of Dr Brian Kennedy was selected for the Salon des Refuses and her portrait of "The White Mouse", Nancy Wake, was selected as a finalist in the 2002 Doug Moran Portrait Prize.
In 2004, Melissa's portrait of Nancy Wake was purchased by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, as part of their permanent collection. In 2009, Melissa was commissioned to do the portrait of the retiring Master of Wesley College, Universoty of Sydney, Rev. David Russell, to add to the College's collection of past masters, painted by other artists such as Eric Smith, Judy Cassab and Robert Hanaford.
Melissa has been painting commissioned portraits for local and overseas clients for more than a decade and is available for commissioned work as well as producing works for a forthcoming exhibition. She has a working studio at May St Studios, in St Peters (Studio 8).