My paintings are explorative self-portraits that focus on themes of personal and cultural identity through traditions of landscape painting. In each work there is a conversation about identity and self through the medium of landscape. In my work I challenge notions of landscape as scenery. Just as the subjects are interacting with the landscape, the landscape is in turn interacting with the subject. My work combines symbols and markers of Canadiana with painterly gesture, mark-making and bold highlights. Neon silhouettes and brightly hued accents take reference from pre-set Instagram camera filters, fashion and consumer trends.



BFA    2009    Ontario College of Art and Design

Grants and Awards

2016   King Family Bursary, Georgian Bay Land Trust

Solo Exhibitions

2018   Short Stories, Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto, ON)

Girls Gone Wild, Bau-Xi Gallery (Vancouver, BC)

2016   Background Check, Capacity 3 Gallery (Guelph, ON)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Art With Heart Auction, Casey House, (Toronto, Ontario)

Art for Life Auction, (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Art Gems Auction (Live), Berkeley Church (Toronto, Ontario)

Mixed Media, Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)

2018 Holiday Show, Bau-Xi Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Art With Heart Auction (Live), Casey House (Toronto, Ontario)

Art Toronto, Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)

Method, Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)

Deeper Shade of Blue, Bau-Xi Gallery (Vancouver, British Columbia)

2017    Group Show, Bau-Xi Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)

            Art Toronto, Bau-Xi (Toronto, Ontario)

            The Artist Project, Direct Energy Center (Toronto, Ontario)

            Art Gems Auction, Berkeley Church (Toronto, Ontario)

2016   WTFDYP 2016, The Gladstone (Toronto, Ontario)

           Between Land and Sky, Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)

2014   Art With Heart Auction, Casey House (Toronto, Ontario)

Spring Show, AGH Design Annex (Hamilton, Ontario)

2013   iSeamonster Female Collaborative, Hashtag Gallery (Toronto, Ontario)

           Toronto Timeraiser, Artscape Wychwood Barns (Toronto, Ontario)

           Toronto “Rouge” Timeraiser, Fifth Social Club (Toronto, Ontario)

2012   iSeamonster Female Collaborative, Gladstone Hotel (Toronto, Ontario)

            Queen West Art Crawl (Toronto, Ontario)

            The Canadian Landscape, Gallery 1313 (Toronto, Ontario)

2009   Discover OCAD+ Grad Exhibition, OCAD (Toronto, Ontario)

            Gems, OCAD (Toronto, Ontario)

            WhoDunnit, OCAD (Toronto, Ontario)


2019 Art Gems, Creative Works Studio

2018 Essential Vancouver, Where Vancouver Magazine

Art With Heart, Casey House

2017 Art Gems, Creative Works Studio

2016 WTFDYP: Go Figure, The Gladstone

2013 Burlington Art Auction, Art Gallery of Burlington

Related Press

2018 Galleries West. “Mel Gausden: Girls Gone Wild”,, January 2018

Creators Vancouver. “People: Mel Gausden”,, January 2018

2016 Guelph Today Staff. “Nothing is Passive”,, July