Melissa Mallory (LCAD) Iranian-American, b. 1998


Melissa Mallory is an Iranian-American contemporary realist working out of Southern California. She is currently attending Laguna College of Art + Design and obtaining her BFA in Drawing and Painting. Her main focus is drawing the figure and portrait in primarily charcoal on white and toned paper. The subject matter of her work stems from her multicultural upbringing and identity of being both Iranian and American and in her drawings she ventures to merge the two. As well as creating works surrounding her Iranian identity, she additionally explores drawing the figure in a unique application of pushing the contrast of values and variation of edge to develop a strong and engaging representational image.