Aimee Melaugh is a painter based in Derry. She graduated with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting in 2018 from the Belfast School of Art. Melaugh was recently shortlisted for the Robert Walter’s UK New Artist of the Year Award in collaboration with Saatchi Gallery in London and had her work exhibited at Saatchi Gallery in 2021. Melaugh has had a solo exhibition at The Glassworks, Derry, supported by the Arts Council Northern Ireland. She has recently completed an artist residency with Art Arcadia in 2021 and had a solo exhibition at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse in Derry. Melaugh has also exhibited at Platform Arts Belfast, PS2 and the ArtisAnn Gallery Belfast. Recognitions include the Belfast Print Workshop Residency Award and the Royal Ulster Academy Award. Her work is included in public collections such as the Belfast School of Art, The Arts Council Northern Ireland’s permanent collection and the Northern Ireland Civil Service Art collection, as well as various private collections. In September 2022, she will be having a solo exhibition at Hang Tough Contemporary in Dublin.
Melaugh’s paintings explore ideas surrounding false personas through reflecting on the relationship between true identity and deceiving appearances. Her work playfully hints at narcissistic tendencies and often examines the idea of exposing someone’s true authentic form after their mask has slipped and everything has been stripped away. Melaugh’s work also focuses on concepts surrounding false realities with reference to film and literature and often portrays this through responding to traumatic events which have taken place throughout history.