James Melloy’s paintings are predominantly of cells. Although often produced as single disks the cells also appear in groups. These curved repetitions, in echoing similar shapes and colours, also resonate with the hexagonal portals of a hive.
Their spiral forms are works that turn upon a single final brushstroke to complete their varied coils of colour. Operating around themes of rhythm and movement Melloy suggests that the hive is a perfect analogy for art-working. In order to remain vibrant and alive, all those involved, all those complicit in art must develop within the space of what can be called an artHive, where diversity and even incompatibility is necessary.