After completing a degree in Illustration at Exeter College of Art and Design, Melvyn studied at Goldsmiths College London for a year, taking up drawing classes at the Royal College of Art under the tuition of Bryan Kneale RA. He has been working as a professional illustrator and printmaker since 1992. His work has been exhibited at the RCA, Royal Academy and Somerset House.
'In my work I am exploring the connections between the aural traditions, allegory and folklore of the British landscape. I am fascinated by this sense of prehistory, the way it surfaces in old place names and working practices offering comment on the mysteries of our lives, our existence and traditions. My inspiration is taken from the landscape but I am interested in, and concerned with the point at which the figurative meets the abstract.'