"Many 'isms' have reigned during Mellon’s lifetime: minimal and conceptual, as well as art of the land and the performance space, and the new’s and neo’s of figuration, expressionism, and pop. But, steadfast over the decades, she has let passionate form and color do her talking, no explanations necessary."
                                     R.C. BAKER, The Village Voice, March 17, 2017

"Joan Mellon’s modest and playfully scaled three dimensional objects
are made with various materials — found wood, metal, rope, clay —
and vary in size and color. Mellon translates her curiosity with materials, weight, balance and space into monumental works that belie their diminutive scale."
PATRICIA ZARATE, artist / curator

"Joan, your show was so impressive . . . !! Love the clean parts and messy parts and how they work together."
                                                           CARLA AURICH, artist / educator

"Joan Mellon's small radiant paintings are boldly gestural and deep with color. Shifting planes create the illusion of multiple rooms or spaces . . . Grounded in the traditions of abstraction, particularly abstract expressionism, Mellon has made this inherited language into personal poetry: urgent, intimate, eloquent."
                                                         SUSAN C. LARSEN, art historian, former curator of the Permanent Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. From catalog essay for "Forces At Play", Gallery Molly Krom, NY, NY

"Through her improvisations with paint, the artist offers the raw ingredients of a place, an idea or a memory, inviting the viewer to become part of the conversation. Joan Mellon creates myriad windows
of blurred and layered light, lattices of wonky grids, and variations of energetic and subtle color as she unravels the puzzle of painting. In
so doing, Mellon brings to light the continuing significance of abstraction."
                                                 BETTY WILDE-BIASINY, artist / curator

"Joan Mellon is a remarkable colorist who uses color in a deceptively simple way to convey a feeling of contemplative calm while maintaining an edge which one senses rather than sees."
                                                         PHIL SIGUNICK, artist / curator