Attend our First Friday event on Friday, October 7th from 5-8pm and join the Stripe team in welcoming Melo Porter, our October artist of the month!
Melo Porter, the daughter of two Soho artists during the 1970s and 1980s, actually resisted becoming a visual artist until recently. After earning her BA in Comparative Literature at UCSC, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television. She met her husband at MTV networks, while working in development on shows like JACKASS and THE REAL WORLD.
It wasn’t until the death of her father in February of 2020, just weeks before the COVID lockdown began, that Porter picked up a paint brush. Once she did, she found that she couldn’t stop. The process of painting was especially cathartic in that, for Porter, it became a way to continue a dialog with her father.
Porter’s work is influenced by artists like Kazimir Malevich, Ellsworth Kelly, Milton Avery and Gary Hume, whose work tends to favor color, shape and composition over realism and detail.