Two Shores Away and Still Sloshing, 2014

Oil on canvas

51” x 78.75” | 130 x 200 cm

In the Inch of Dusk, 2014

Oil on canvas

55” x 47” | 140 x 120 cm

Ghost World, 2014

Oil on canvas

43.5” x 55” | 110.5 x 140 cm

Hoax, 2014

Oil on canvas

51” x 47” | 130 x 120 cm

Melanie Daniel

Wolf and Newcomer, 2013

Oil on canvas

43” x 43”

When the Sun Blinks Hard, 2013

Oil on canvas

59” x 51” / 150 x 130 cm

Sun at the South End of the World, 2013

Oil on canvas

59” x 51” | 150 x 129.5 cm

Crept Upon by Red, Not Even a Rustle, 2014

Oil on canvas

59” x 55” | 150 x 140 cm

Fool's Gold, 2014

Oil on canvas

47” x 55” | 120 x 140 cm

Pine, 2014
Oil on canvas
29.5" x 23.5"

Lotus Eater, 2014

Oil on canvas

26.75” x 26.25” | 68 x 67 cm

Sky's Low Silver, 2014

Oil on canvas

51” x 59” | 130 x 150 cm


Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Melanie Daniel immigrated to Israel in 1995. This dual perspective imbues her paintings with elements of both the militaristic and anxiety-inducing environment of Israel and the tree dense historically charged landscape of her native Canada. Languorous hallucinatory scenes contain a latent eerie unease, while other works are a cacophony of frenetic marks and shapes suggesting barbed wire and concrete. Narratives remain unwritten, and figures are almost absorbed by their surroundings. Influenced by the idiosyncratic narratives of Peter Doig, the impending doom found in Daniel Richter's work, and arch-Canadian painters such as Tom Thompson, Daniel's works expose the hope of escaping back to nature or a hard-won peace as impossible ideals.

After studies in Canada, Melanie Daniel completed her BFA and MFA at Bezalel Academy, Israel. Daniel has had numerous exhibitions in Israel and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Shulamit Gallery, Los Angeles, Kelowna Art Gallery, BC, and Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, among others. Her work is included in collections such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Harvard Business School, and the Brandes Family Art Collection. She has received press in publications such as Newsweek, Frieze, Haaretz, CBC/Radio Canada, The Huffington Post, Beautiful Decay, and the Artists Magazine. Daniel is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, the 2009 Rappaport Prize for a Young Israeli Painter, a Creative Capital Grant, and the NARS Foundation Residency in New York City.