VIEW EXHIBITION WORKS IN-SITU: ONLINE VIEWING ROOMThis April, celebrated artist, Melissa Egan, returns to Wagner Contemporary with her highly anticipated new body of work, “In Your Dreams”. These paintings take lyrical inspiration from her country home in rural Queensland. Each day, according to Egan, the bushland at her doorstep “sets the stage for something unexpected to happen.”  The mood of the landscape and random natural events that unfold in Melissa Egan’s back yard inspires her portrayal of the animals and characters that take centre stage in each magnificent dreamscape. Each canvas is an impression of utopia, representing an “idyllic world” in the artist’s eyes. Although her visual narratives stimulate humour at first, upon introspection they articulate an unconscious set of emotions that language cannot express.Each scene, inspired by the pleasures of everyday life, explores the longings and yearnings we hold deeply inside. Love and romance are characterised by mood and reflected in symbolism. And subtle signs of hope, dreams and fears add complexity to each character’s social engagement and expression of love. The power of the landscape is consistent throughout Egan’s work: its vastness, colour and light, and its sense of the unknown; even the loneliness that is perhaps its bedfellow. Engaging in these works, unknowing of the narratives they enact, you cannot look away.Melissa Egan’s work has recently been selected for the King’s School Art Prize (2019) and the Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize (2018). She is a past Winner of the Members’ Choice Award of the Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize (2018) and was Highly Commended by the judges two years in a row (2016 and 2017).  WATCH Melissa Egan


Egan_Free as a Bird_oil on linen_76 x 76cm
Egan_A Night at the opera_61 x 46cm_0
Egan_In the Moment_oil on linen_122 x 91cm
Melissa Egan 'Under Scottish Skies', oil on linen, 76 x 76cm Master_0
Melissa Egan_After Midnight_oil and acrylic on linen_61 x 61cm
Melissa Egan_Botticellis Garden_oil and acrylic on canvas_92 x 122cm
Melissa Egan_Georges World_oil and acrylic on linen_150 x 150cm
Melissa Egan_Glory Days_oil and acrylic o n canvas_112 x 138cm
Melissa Egan_Great Grandfathers Legacy_oil and acrylic on linen_76 x 61cm
Melissa Egan_Island of Hope and Promises_oil and acrylic on linen_76 x 61cm
Melissa Egan_Koalas in the Mist_oil and acrylic on linen_76 x 76cm
Melissa Egan_Morning Swim_oil and acrylic on linen_61 x 61cm
Melissa Egan_Tea at Trallee_oil and acrylic on linen_100 x 120cm
Melissa Egan_Venus and Claude_oil and acrylic on linen_92 x 122cm