Melissa Artemis Shemanna is an Australian visionary artist, gallery curator and festival arts project manager. Shemanna’s paintings hold an evolutionary enquiry into cosmic intelligence, contrasting super worldly imagery of organic form, myth and ancient lore with futuristic tech and hyper-colour lenses with a visionary edge.
Her main explorative mediums include oils & egg tempera, although she is also known to use high chroma acrylics, pure pigment, ochres and graphite. Melissa is based regionally in the Yarra-Valley Victoria, in an off-grid mountain home studio The Honeybee Temple.
Her arts practice originated as a self-taught discipline in painting and drawing, her mentors include artists that spring from the lineage of Visionary/Surrealist Arts. Shemanna founded ‘The Honeybee Temple Arts Foundation’ in 2018, which acts as an arts pollinator for innovating multi-dimensional creativity into local and global communities.
Her community portfolio includes exhibiting and curating festival arts production events, managing & curating arts festival galleries; Rainbow Serpent Evolve Gallery, EarthArtBeat Festival, Babylon Festival, Pollinate group arts extravaganzas, and sacred arts ceremonies.