Melanie Stimmell Van Latum
With the ephemeral nature of street painting, Melanie also creates permanent works of Fine Art. She is a prolific Fine Artists, creating beautiful imagery in Oils and in Soft Pastel with such finesse and mastery that her Renaissance inspired figures dance off the canvas with whimsical charm. She has shown at prominent Southern California Galleries such as La Luz De Jesus, The Brewery, The 57 Underground, Spring Arts Collective, and Deborah Martin Gallery.
"Melanie Stimmell Van Latum's portraits pop with a hardboiled baroque, neo-noir coterie of haunting, flamboyant heroines. Handsome, sinister, and supremely confident women stare from the canvas with an imperiously mysterious gaze, clearly indicating that no cloister, boudoir, suburb or nursery could ever contain the canny power of their bodies and minds. Van Latum's cleverly balanced compositions and high-tension-line lighting conjure a triumphant, intelligent feminine charisma - a mise-en-scene flushed with dizzyingly endless decolletage and the intricate obsessions of coiffure. In playfully provoking erotic traditions, these post-traditionalist paintings resuscitate the vapid, gaping pin-up model to her proper stance as empress, saint, and icon." -Quintan Ana Wikswo
If that wasn't enough to keep her busy... In addition to her work as a professional street painter and Fine Artist, Melanie is also a strong supporter of Arts in Education and Therapy. On the Education Roster for the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Los Angeles Music Center, she has lead workshops and residencies in Italian Street Painting and Oil Painting, (the first elementary school oil painting class in Southern California) in elementary schools throughout Southern California. As part of her evolution through our current educational climate, Melanie developed a Collaborative Teaching Residency for a high school in South Central Los Angeles via the Los Angeles Music Center. A high risk school with root problems with gangs and drugs, she taught side by side with faculty to integrate the arts into their everyday curriculum. Using Street Painting as a vehicle, Melanie developed a 12 week program to aid teachers in engaging troubled teens within their Small Learning communities. When she began receiving requests for street painting workshops at schools in other states and countries, Melanie developed the Street Painting Academy, through which she offers students of all ages the opportunity to learn this 500 year old Italian tradition.
Who Is Melanie Stimmell Van Latum?
Born and raised in LA
Earned her BFA in illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA
Earned a Masters in Drawing and Painting from Cal State Fullerton
Lead Technical Director for the feature film 'South Park' ..Bigger, Longer, and Uncut'
Worked on the popular television show 'South Park' for seven years
1998 - Discovered a love of 3D street painting in her downtime
Attended international street painting festivals and events as the feature artist
Developed a client base for street painting in Turkey, France, Holland, Canada, The Republic of Georgia, and throughout US
Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Pastel Society of the West Coast
Gold medals* - list of awards - only woman to receive the title of 'maestra madonnara' (Italy & Germany)
2007 - Author of Painting Fantasy Portraits in Photoshop - Photoshop Top Secret
2008 - Founded the Street Painting Society - international community for street painters and fans
2008 - Created a tutorial Photoshop Painting DVD & street painting DVD with Planet Street Painting
2009 - Directed a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling on the streets of London, Canada.
Founded the Street Painting Academy to teach children about this time-honored tradition
Displayed her work at prominent Southern California Galleries
Gained recognition for her uncanny ability to portray classical, feminine imagery and perfect skin tones
Introduced 'Live Streaming' ** with her projects - video, web, photography
Works with a network of artists and professionals - artists, videographers, web designers, photographers,..
2012 - Founded We Talk Chalk, Inc - 3D Street Painting, with Remco Van Latum
Works with a network of artists and professionals - artists, videographers, web designers, photographers
Loyal supporter of various non-profit organizations
2010 Gold Medal, Incontro Nazionale Madonnari, Grazie di Curtatone, Italy
2010 1st Place, Dutch Open Championship, Valkenburg, Holland
2010 3rd Place, Peoples Choice Award, Valkenburg, Holland
2008 3rd Place, Dutch Open Championship, Valkenburg, Holland
2008 Peoples Choice Award, Les Craies d'Azur, Nice, France
2006 Bronze Medal, Madonnari Festival, Grazie di Curtatone, Italy
2004 1st Place, Strassenmaler Competition, Geldern, Germany
2003 1st Place, Strassenmaler Competition, Geldern, Germany
2003 Gold Medal, Madonnari Festival, Grazie di Curtatone, Italy
2002 Gold Medal, Madonnari Festival, Grazie di Curtatone, Italy
"Melanie is a modern day Leonardo da Vinci. Her imagination and wild ability to paint and illustrate can bring extraordinary drama and appeal to any communications campaign." ~ Vicki Prentice
Looking for a Versatile Artist to Collaborate with your Company?
Melanie epitomizes versatility. A Renaissance Artist Who Worked On 'South Park' and creates 3D illusions!
It Doesn't Get Any More Versatile Than That!
Bringing New Ideas to Life
Revitalizing your brand name with 3D Chalk Art & Vertical Branding
3-D Street Painting - Traditional Street Painting - Murals - Vertical Branding For Corporations - Organizations - Private Individuals For Trade Shows, Conventions, Events, Festivals, Advertising Campaigns, Corporate Art Collections
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