Melissa McDougall

Birds of Memory by Melissa McDougall
The daughter of two bohemian artists, it was only natural Melissa McDougall followed in their footsteps. Creating lush expressions of literary ideas and characters using oils, pencil and conte, Melissa’s images tend to be dark and melancholic, reflecting the influence of vintage cinema, Gothic literature, fairytales and history. 


Describing herself as a “prolific and curious minded artist”, Melissa was born in Dunedin and raised in Perth and Melbourne. As a young adult Melissa travelled the world and lived in the Badlands of North Dakota, USA before returning to New Zealand. After nearly a decade in Wellington, it is now home—with her Art historian husband Ray (a specialist in French Surrealism) and their two children, and two cats.

Melissa’s work is in University collections in Australia and the U.S. as well as private collections in the U.S, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

She is currently represented by a few select galleries throughout New Zealand.

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