Melanie Pankau

When winter rolls around in Brooklyn, it feels like there’s no bleaker place 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.





  1. jamie says:

    Melanie rocks the language of colors – such a vibrant selection of her work! Love love love it.

  2. Becca says:

    These are really amazing! I love the color palettes – especially the one with the green zig zags.

  3. What a fresh talent!!! I would love to see this artist and her work everywhere!
    With this depth of talent I hope you get more shows and you should have a perment gallery.

  4. Paloma says:

    Where can se buy he prints? Any online shop?

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