Available Works

Biography

Melissa Beth Floyd (b.1979, USA) graduated from Pratt Institute in New York City with a BFA in painting. She spent two decades living and working in Brooklyn, NY—as a bookseller, taxidermist, , tutor, and mother. She began painting the figure in 2017 after a move to the American Midwest, focusing initially on found images of women. Her practice has evolved since the onset of the pandemic— exploring humor, cynicism, and confrontation in portraiture. Melissa is primarily interested in portraiture, presenting the body in unconventional ways, each exploring contemporary issues surrounding gender, sexuality, humor, cynicism and confrontation in portraiture, as well as addressing the long and problematic history of the male gaze. She currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Education

BFA, Pratt Institute, 2001

Exhibitions

2022, Paper, BEERS Gallery, London, UK (Group)
2022, Rosebud, Lions & Rabbits Center for the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, USA (Group)
2021, That’s Effin’ Funny!, Shoebox Projects Los Angeles, CA, USA (Group)
2021, NOTACATBUTALLAMA, Ivy League Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA (Group)
2021, OH BABY!, Breach Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (Group)
2021, In US We Trust, Breach Gallery, Miami, FL, USA (Group)