Nick Mele’s irreverent take on timeless, all- American glamour is immediately recognizable, but in his fine art work, he moves past the magazine pages, spinning tales of surreal characters in dreamlike domestic spaces. Documenting a lifestyle at once familiar yet fantastic, Mele’s imagery feels like a fanciful peek into life in the country's most luxurious resort towns. As viewers, we are offered an imaginary glimpse into improbably beautiful spaces that are normally inaccessible to the public eye.
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Mele’s photographs have been featured in a myriad of online and print publications including Town & Country, The New York Times, Avenue, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Vogue and Vanity Fair. His commercial clients include brands such as Ralph Lauren, Sam Edelman, J.McLaughlin and Lilly Pulitzer, as well as several high end hotels and interior designers. Mele’s first book, A Newport Summer, was published in May 2022 by Vendome Press. It was followed not long after by Palm Beach Living in February 2023 by Vendome Press.
Mele has spoken at a number of cultural institutions and been interviewed by many publications about the unique world he has become known for documenting. His love of eccentric characters, charming stories, and fabulous interior design is communicated through his playful wit. Nick leads upbeat discussions using engaging stories and stunning visuals to explore the emotional connection between the individuals he shoots and their living spaces, emphasizing the importance of preserving these moments and memories. Nick hopes to inspire his audiences to see the beauty in the cracks on their own walls and encourage a deeper appreciation for design as art, and photography as a means of documenting a well lived home. For inquiries for book signings and artist talks please