Melanie Pankau

by Grace Bonney

When winter rolls around in Brooklyn, it feels like there’s no bleaker placeĀ on earth. All of the industrial architecture in Greenpoint takes on an especially dreary air, and the building opposite our office windows starts to look like a set location from Resident Evil. To combat the winter blues (and the hoard of zombies in the aforementioned building), I try to flood myself with as many colorful images as possible. I’ve been browsing sites for colorful artwork, and these pieces from artist Melanie Pankau are right up my alley. Based in Chicago, Melanie creates paintings that use color in such clean, controlled ways that they almost feel like beautiful sketches for homes built in the future. I can’t get enough of the series above and below, but Melanie has eight series that you can check out right here. She also recently launched a selection of prints, if you’re looking for something slightly smaller. Let’s just hope some of these colors find their way into the Brooklyn sky soon. xo, grace

More images of Melanie’s work continue after the jump . . .

Works below are from the current Accumulations series.

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