Melissa Sharplin

Christchurch-born Melissa Sharplin has an insatiable hunger for all things beautiful, glamourous and representative of the female form. Her work has recently been described as ‘New Pop Realism’, fusing the commercial constructs of Pop Art and Photo Realism together, and she’s one of New Zealand’s most talented and exciting female artists. She’s also got a giant heart and desire to do good, having raised money and donated several works to charity events including; the Linwood High School Art Auction, the KIDSCAN ‘Stand Tall’ charity auction, and the Samoan Tsunami Relief Fund.

Sharplin is one of the wonderful ‘Safe in Sound’ artists who took to the canvas of a pair of white Nike Air Force 1 trainers to raise funds for one of our partner charities, Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre


What’s happening in your world for 2013? 

New beginnings and tonnes of varied opportunities.


How hard was it working on the canvas of Nike Air Force 1 trainers?

I usually work on flat surfaces and my style is realism so I found the stitching and different materials a challenge. 


Tell us three things that inspire you and why.

1. Fashion because it's like playing dress ups every day. 
2. Photography for its moving imagery but physical stillness. 
3. Art because I can't help myself. Like metal to a magnet.


Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.

My Mum. She lives and breathes generosity. I've been terribly influenced by her. Come to my studio and house and you'll leave with something...


Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.




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