‘Turning It Over’ an exhibition of new paintings presented at the Ashford Gallery, RHA Dublin, opening Jan 14th 2022.

In this show at the Ashford Gallery, RHA, Melissa O’Faherty works with a certain elegant violence to ‘turn painting over’. This is painting as challenge and as such we have the chance to experience something remarkably ambitious in terms of today’s contemporary painting, and indeed art world. But ambitious painting is a strange paradox in that truly ambitious contemporary painting has a tendency to disappear. That is to say that painting at its most desiring seems to sit as a background or ground for more exciting artistic activities, its longing acts as a basis or foundation for other claims to attention. This wallflower effect, this hanging back, might well be a defining feature of painting’s ability to act, a somewhat fugitive, unconscious power.

With accompanying essay by artist and writer Phil King. read here


Melissa is an artist based in Ireland. Her work is held in both private and public collections. Working in the realm of contemporary painting and drawing.

Recently shortlisted for John Moore’s Painting Prize, UK 2020 and featured online CIAC.LA (Contemporary Irish Arts Center Los Angeles) 2020.

Previously she was awarded a summer residency 2019, at Notre Dame Global University, Galway and during Covid was a guest panel speaker @ Mermaid Arts Centre, IRL. Upcoming solo show at Ashford Gallery, RHA Dublin 2021/22.

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