Documenting the everyday environment that usually goes unnoticed is the theme of the latest exhibition by Melanie O'Rourke. When the Irish painter's show, entitled Presently Absent, opened at The Stables Art Centre and Gallery in Dollis Hill on Friday July 17, it became her first solo display in the British Isles after numerous successful events in Ireland.
Brent resident Melanie's images are created using mixed media paintings and silicone line drawings, which are then placed on large aluminum panels to create an impressive set of work.
Taking something that is usually cast aside to be thrown away or forgotten, Melanie, a graduate of fine art from Chelsea College,
London, turns these nondescript items into something noble and worthy of attention.
A total of 12 paintings are included in the exhibition, which Melanie says creates a distinctive, almost semi-abstract style of image that is based on what is commonly seen and experienced by people day to day.
The popular gallery has featured exhibitions before that focused on Brent, with last month's Restricted View by Susan Eyre including photographs taken on the fringes of the park.
You can see Melanie's Presently Absent at the gallery until Sunday August 10.
[25cf] The gallery, located in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill, is open Thursday to Sunday, from 11am to 5pm, and admission is free. For more information call The Stables Gallery and Art Centre on 020 8452 8655.