Summer Beach Huts, Gorleston Sands, Norfolk

by Campbell Archibald Mellon

It is for his coastal scenes, sun-drenched sands with figures picked out in impasto and fluid brushstrokes, that Mellon is best known, although he also painted landscapes, tranquil contemplative scenes of the marshes and broads and villages in East Anglia.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 20.0 x 24.0 in./50.8 x 61.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 5635 Categories: ,

Campbell Mellon loved to paint the beach at Gorleston while looking into the sun. The play of light on sand and water fascinated him. His skies are never a matter of perfunctory filling-in and, whether an untroubled blue or heavy with huge cumulus clouds, they are an integral and often dramatic part of the composition.

Some of Campbell Mellon’s finest works were of and around Gorleston and Great Yarmouth. He captured the ever changing coastal atmosphere and mood with brilliant tonal qualities, clever use of texture and colour with fluid brushstrokes.

Private Collection 1960’s, United Kingdom.

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Campbell Archibald Mellon was born in Berkshire on 16 June 1878. He married and settled in Nottingham in 1903 and remained there until he died in Gorleston on 28 August 1955. He only started painting following his move to Nottingham. Mellon studied under Carl Brenner, nephew of Benjamin Williams Leader amongst other artists. After his arrival in Norfolk he studied under Sir John Alfred Arnesby Brown.

Although Mellon’s worked out of doors, his paintings were believed to be largely composed in the studio, as he re-arrange, eliminated detail he didn’t see fitting and added design to suit his ideas. He was more interested in composing an image that conjured up the atmospheric qualities of happiness rather than a sober pictorial translation of what he had seen. Mellon’s style had developed along simpler lines. 

After serving in the First World War Mellon moved to the town of Gorleston in Norfolk and he became well known for these seaside scenes with a mass of clearly defined people.

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