Mel Brigg was born in 1950 in South Africa. He had no formal training in the arts and started painting full time in 1970.
In South Africa Mel supported institutions such as Child Welfare, World Wildlife Trust, Save the Rhino Foundation and Release the Detainees. He participated in a number of anti-apartheid exhibitions and was the founder of the Swellendam Art Society
In 1993 Mel moved to Australia, currently still residing there. Since his move he has been received very well by the people and has had numerous exhibitions there. Since having arrived in Australia in 1993, he has also supported the Sydney City Mission, the Variety Club of Australia, Save (Queensland branch) and Amnesty International.
Mel has had exhibitions in England, Portugal and Singapore; he has had numerous solo and joint shows in South Africa and Australia.
SA Embassies in Singapore, Canada and Belgium; Royal Exchange in London; Total Oil collection South Africa; Pellisier Museum, South Africa; Universities of Orange Free State and Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Barclays Bank South Africa and Australia; Standard Bank of South Africa.
Numerous Town Councils and corporations throughout South Africa.
Queensland State Government; Grain Corporation, Sydney.
Housing Loans, Insurance Loan Sydney; Sister of St Joseph, North Sydney; Amnesty International, Victoria; Opus Communications, Australia.