Gertie Mellon

Gertie Mellon, a native of Ireland, received her degree in Art and Design at University College Carlow. Subsequently she worked for many years as a Graphic Artist in Dublin. The contrast between her early life in rural Ireland and her time spent over the past thirty years in American cities, Chicago, New York and San Francisco Bay Area has greatly influenced the subject matter of her paintings. During this time she has witnessed how the city encroaches upon empty landscape, always pushing up and out while also noticing that if untended, as in a garden, the city turns to urban decay.
This also reflects how our surroundings can affect our physical selves. These dichotomies have become the forces behind her abstract and figurative paintings. She works in both oil and acrylic paint, and sometimes introduces collage into her work. It is her emotion and reaction to these elements that dictate how she paints as she try’s to capture a movement or space with a juxtaposition of bold and precise strokes. Her studio is located in Palo Alto, CA.

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