Michelle Bellamy (Born 1987, age 35 years) is a contemporary New Zealand landscape painter of Scottish, Italian & English decent. From her studio in Nelson, New Zealand, Michelle paints bold, finely detailed landscapes and using acrylic paint on board. She is inspired by the land, back-country and outdoor culture of Aotearoa (New Zealand) as well as the markings of mankind she sees scattered remotely around the country.
Bellamy’s work depicts scenes ranging from Auckland to Otago with the majority of her focus being on the Nelson region. Her current style is described as 'contemporary realism' and a good proportion of her subject matter features still life subjects; old and run down buildings consisting of either homesteads, baches and fisherman huts. She is also drawn to back-country tramping huts and vast mountain scenes, as Michelle spends much of her time outside, hunting, fishing & exploring the valleys and ranges of New Zealand.
For over 17 years, Bellamy is firmly established as a highly regarded and sought after New Zealand artist. Her dedication and commitment to compete at a high level is also reflected in the perfection she seeks as an artist after two decades of painting. Her works are held in private collections world wide and she has completed two large commissions for Sir Robert Jones collection in Auckland and Wellington. She has the distinction of winning People’s Choice awards in various exhibitions around New Zealand and her paintings have been widely published in books & calendars around the country. Michelle has also completed a collection of artworks for the Blackenbrook Winery and is currently working with Fish & Game NZ on a new project.
Michelle is a self-taught artist who has dedicated many years to perfecting her fine art. She was born in Nelson, New Zealand and spent her childhood exploring the outdoors within the South Island of New Zealand. Art runs in the blood in Michelle’s family, with grandparents on both sides of the family who were artists, followed by both Michelle’s parents who are involved in the arts.
Michelle’s Father started his career painting then created a sign-writing business, while Michelle’s Mother was a highly skilled medical illustrator, both her parents have influenced her work. Michelle’s paintings have a strong design element underlying the traditional landscape and she incorporates fine illustrative detail into her works.
The purity and brightness of her palette captures and intensifies the clarity of New Zealand’s light, holding her subject matter up in stunning colour and detail. Often drawn to the water’s edge, through precision brushwork and careful layering, acrylic paint serves to render extraordinary the iconic and much loved baches and boathouses of our recent past. In her recent work these are sometimes juxtaposed with the contemporary Auckland skyline, an added dimension which both records our history and channels a certain nostalgia for golden days gone by. The beauty of New Zealand draws her back, and she has a deep personal bias for natural New Zealand vistas.