Originally a painter, Mel no longer recognises the boundaries between the applied and fine arts preferring to “free fall” through the disciplines. He believes that many of the places we visit, either through desire or necessity, are unnecessarily bland and can be de-humanising. They take little account of the physical and emotional effect they have on the visitor.
He generates concepts for our buildings, interiors, landscapes, sculpture and furniture. And then he works closely with the fabricators during the construction process to ensure that concepts do not get lost or diluted. His holistic approach to spaces and his imaginative ideas ensure that the interiors and exteriors all contribute to the over all character and texture.
Mel is amongst a number of artists who have been nominated for the Turner Prize and his work ethic can be summarised by “work while you play and play in your work and try not to separate the two as one informs and stimulates the other.”