Born in Bury, Manchester, 1979, Mark Melvin studied his BA in Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art, UK, and The Maryland Institute College of Art and Design, USA, finishing with first class honours in 2002. In 2006 he studied at postgraduate level at Konsthogskolan Valand, Sweden, in Context and Media before returning to London to carry out and MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK, graduating in 2008 with a financial award from the A.H.R.B.
Melvin has achieved a great deal of success to date as an artist in his own right, resulting in several high profile awards, residencies and exhibitions both within the UK and abroad. In 2007 he won the Nationwide Mercury Art Prize, with his work featuring on the album cover for the music prize selected by Tim Marlow and Sir Peter Blake and was also selected as one of four finalists for the Saatchi 4 New Sensations competition with a 3-minute wonder documentary on his work shown on Channel 4 in 2007. His work has also been selected for both the Zabludowicz and Uhoda collections and he is set to work with Berlin-based gallerist, Sherin Najjar, next year as a represented artist. Highlights of his work include participating in Spin – the art of record design in London, 2008 (artist), Becks Fusions, Manchester, 2008 (artist), Twilight Suite at the Louise T Blouin Institute, London, 2008 (artist/curator), the Saatchi Online exhibition Concrete and Glass, London, 2008 (artist), Out of the Frying Pan, Liege, Belgium, 2007 (artist), winning the Crosby Homes Manchester Art Prize with a solo exhibition, The Second Hand Unwinds, at Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, 2005 (artist), a solo exhibition, Looking forward to looking back, at Sassoon Gallery, London, 2008 (artist) and a group show Nihilism, Silence and the Refusal to Speak at Paraplufabriek, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 2008 (artist). The last two examples were the subject of documentaries made by the South East London Film Collective who Melvin continues to work with. Melvin has curated a number of cross-disciplinary exhibitions most notably 4/4 at the Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, 2003 and Twilight Suite at the Louise T Blouin Institute, 2008. Apart from working as a artists and curator Melvin has lectured throughout the UK, examples of which include The Royal Academy of Art, Goldsmiths, Glasgow School of Art and Newcastle University. He has also set up a production company Re:productions with documentary filmmaker Jason Brooks, producing pieces for London based art spaces.