Cotswolds based artist Melanie Wright is known for her portrayal of equine and landscape subjects and her talent for capturing atmosphere, action, speed and quality of light.  Along with a keen eye for true representation, she brings a highly individual vision to her paintings and drawings.  

Her work is inspired both by her Cotswold surroundings and her love of landscape and equestrian events, and her paintings move from the gentle beauty of the Cotswold Hills to the thrill, action and atmosphere of polo and racing events.   

Working in oils, pastels and watercolour, Melanie also paints portraits to commission.  She shows her paintings and drawings at galleries throughout the United Kingdom and examples of her work can also be found in private collections in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Melanie studied portraiture and life painting to postgraduate level at Heatherley's School of Fine Art in London, and History of Art, with an emphasis on Modern British Painting, at Christie's Education.  

She grew up in the North Yorkshire Dales where she spent much of her childhood riding, handling and studying horses and observing and absorbing the landscape.  She rode out with both the Zetland and Bedale hunts and often visited the gallops on the moors at Middleham.   

Melanie continues a long family tradition of painting, beginning with her great grandfather James Faed RA and his two brothers Thomas Faed RA and John Faed RA.  Both Melanie's grandmothers were practicing artists.


D Contemporary, Grafton St, Mayfair, London
The Munnings Museum, Castle House, Dedham, Essex
The British Racing School, Newmarket
The Titian Gallery at Blenheim Palace Fine Art and Antiques Fair (CADA), Oxfordshire
Frank T.Sabin, The Royal Arcade, Bond St, London
The Osborne Studio Gallery, Belgravia, London SW1
The Mall Galleries (Society of Equestrian Artists), Pall Mall, London
The Chelsea Arts Club, Old Church St, London
The RAC Club, Pall Mall, London
The Medici Gallery, Grafton St, London
The Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire
The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire
The Mill on the Fleet Gallery, Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway, Scotland
Liquid Amber Gallery, The Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley, North Yorkshire
The Christie-Wilde Foundation, Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, USA
The Tithe Barn, Bourton House, Bourton-on-the-Hill, Gloucestershire
Art Galleries Europe (Equestrian art exhibition in aid of Emile Faurie Foundation), Maddox Street, Mayfair, London

Artist in Residence

Charlie Longsdon Racing, Oxfordshire - 2014/ 2015
Newmarket: presented by The British Racing School - 2018/2019

Photograph by Leslie Smithers.


Melanie Wright 2020