Joseph Melançon Biography
Melançon is a versatile artist whose range of work includes painting ( acrylic, oil and watercolor), collage and sculpture. Landscapes and figure as well as lifelong interests, including antique toys and the American Indian, are interpreted using expressive realism as well as abstraction. His works are very personal with a passion for process, composition and the painterly surface. Melançon’s paintings have been widely exhibited in the United States and won many awards including in the National and American watercolor societies annuals and Best of Show in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He was featured in American Artist Magazine, Splash 3 and 5, 200 Great Painting Ideas, and The Creative Edge.
He’s included in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Who’s Who in the World, and the 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. He is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Southwest Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Florida WC Society, Oil Painters of America and Acrylic painters of America.
Melançon’s youth was spent drawing, painting and building things with forays of hunting and exploring the swamps and bayous of his native Louisiana. These were a harbinger of his lifelong interests in the design and nature of our world. While majoring in Fine Arts at Louisiana State University he worked in the Natural History Museum on campus learning skills used in planning and building native habitat dioramas. In addition to Fine Arts his far ranging interests were evident in his choices of elective courses such as music, stage craft, stage makeup, metal craft, welding and landscape architecture. He competed with other colleges on the R.O.T.C. rifle team and the school archery team. Finishing LSU, he left Louisiana and entered the museum field as a Curator of Exhibits designing science and history exhibits for two museums. Six years later he was recruited to be a designer for Peter Wolf Associates in Dallas. After Nine years with Wolf, Melançon opened his own studio in Dallas and for 21 years created props, sets, models and special effects for Ad agencies, industry, zoos, film and television.
After a long, creative, career Melançon’s education continued with a M.F.A. in painting and drawing from Texas Woman’s University in 2000 where he was awarded membership in the National Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence and now has a painting scholarship in his name at the university. Major influences include Homer, the Wyeths, deKooning, Sargent, Deibenkorn, Thiebaud, Van Gogh, Matisse and Rauschenberg.
He has taught painting, drawing and design at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, Eastfield College in Dallas, TX and State College of FL in Bradenton, FL. Melançon continues to paint , teach and marvel at the wonders of our world. He is represented by State of the Arts Gallery in Sarasota, FL, Nuance Galleries in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL and Rue Cou Cou Gallery in Baton Rouge, LA and. In painting he dissects, simplifies and freely interprets what he sees and feels through the use of value, color, shapes, edges, line and texture.