Mel Brigg

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BORN 1950  South Africa


Self taught, and started painting full time in 1970.


As well as having exhibited in England, Portugal and Singapore, he has had numerous solo and joint shows in South Africa.

Mel has supported institutions such as Child Welfare, World Wildlife Trust, Save the Rhino Foundation, Release the Detainees and various anti-apartheid exhibitions.

Mel was the founder of the Swellendam Art Society.

Since having arrived in Australia in 1993, Mel has supported the Sydney City Mission, the Variety Club of Australia, Save (Queensland branch) and Amnesty International.



1993    Wentworth Gallery, Sydney
1997    SCEGGS REDLAND Art Award
1997    Tattersalls Club Art Prize Brisbane
1995    Wagner Art Gallery
1995    Mary McKillop, A tribute commencing at Sydney Powerhouse
1999    Bush Childrens Art Exhibition
2000    Von Bertouche Gallery
2000    Porters Gallery
2000    Tattersalls Club Art Prize Brisbane
2001    McGrath Gallery
2002    Boyd Gallery
2003    McGrath Gallery
2004    Ron Coles Gallery
2004    Red Hill Gallery
2005    Linton & Kay Gallery
2006    David Hart Gallery
2007    Linton & Kay Gallery
2008    Art Nuvo Gallery, Buderim
2009    Wentworth Gallery, Sydney
2010    Red Hill Gallery
2010    Art Nuvo Gallery, Buderim
2011    Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney
2012    Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney
2012    Work for the Blues, Bluecare
2014    Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery, Sydney

South Africa

1971/75/77    Bloemfontein
1973/75/78/79/81/84-1986/88    Johannesburg
1976/78    Nelspruit
1974/75    Springs
1974/75/80/90 2001    Cape Town
1990/91    Rustenberg
1992    Swellendam
1989    Portugal, Gallery Portimao


1989/90/91    Solent Gallery
1990    Cannon Gallery
1991    Oliver Swan Gallery, Cowes, Isle of Wight


1993    South African Embassy


Queensland Health, Child Diabetes fundraising at Hyatt Coolum, 2010
Brisbane Lutheran College Art Show, People’s Choice Award, 2010


2012 Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize
2010/11  Sorrento Art Exhibition, best in exhibition
2010     Currabubula Art Exhibition, best in exhibition


South African Embassies in Singapore, Canada and Belgium
Royal Exchange, London
Total Oil Collection, South Africa
Pellisier Museum, South Africa
Universities of Orange Free State and Stellenbosch, South Africa
Barclays Bank of Australia and South Africa
Standard Bank of South Africa
Numerous town councils and corporations across South Africa
Queensland State Government
Grain Corporation, Sydney
Housing Loans Insurance Corporation, Sydney
Bayer Australia Ltd, Sydney
Sisters of St Joseph, North Sydney
Care Australia
Optus Communications and private collectors throughout Australia
Burrawang West Station Art Collection, NSW, Australia
Mural for Mary McKillop Supercat, Sydney Harbour, Australia
Ehime Women’s College Art Collection, Ehime, Japan


Salt Magazine, July 2010
Profile Magazine, July 2008
Weekender Magazine, feature interview June 2008
Salt Magazine, interview Winter 2008
Noosa Style Magazine, interview June 2008
Style Magazine, interview June 2008
Buderim Weekly, June 2008
Buderim Chronicle, June 2008
Coast Magazine, interview Spring 2008
The Record, winter 2006 cover (St Vincent de Paul)
Australian Artist
Bulletin Magazine
Australian Art Collector
Art and Australia 1993
Mary Mc Killop, A Tribute. Limited Edition cover Published by Andrew Wilson. 1995
Mary Mc Killop College Yearbook 1999
In The Picture (Year 8 text book on Australian and International Art) Oxford Press 1996
Reproductions by Swan Press, 1974
Almanac Publishers 1979 – 1990
Associated Industries 1980 – 1990
Dictionary of South African Painters and Sculptors, published by E Read 1988
The Bulletin magazine Australia 1996
The Promised Land by K Schoeman 1979
Auge International Feb 1982
Art and Artists of Southern Africa by Esme Berman

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Mel Brigg TVH Exhibition 2014 – Transitions

I am moved by the complexities of the human condition, the vastness of our beautiful country, the mix of cultures, and the spirituality of our nomadic indigenous peoples………. and enjoy … read more →

Mel Brigg TVH Exhibition 2012

Trevor Victor Harvey Gallery proudly invites you to Mel Brigg’s Exhibition.