Roo Abrook is an artist producing contemporary mixed media collage using her own original drawings and paintings depicting mainly portraits of women and children. Within her work, she investigates and poses self-reflecting questions about the subject matter of beauty, youth, and time.
Original graphite studies often of Edwardian photographic postcards with lens generated imagery of flora and fauna are developed using a combination of traditional and more experimental printing and mark-making techniques. Use of pattern, decoration and adornment are introduced into works looking at beautification in its many forms. Roo combines found collaged papers and screen prints with acrylic paints, spray paints, pencils, pens, spray guns, varnishes and finishes.
The composition of her modern portraits portrays an overall feeling of natural strength and beauty mixed with the fragility of the brief and every changing life that all women share.
Femininity from the past has been consciously re-contextualised to provoke thoughts about today's media culture that is obsessed with superficial youth.
Since first exhibiting at the Art Salon in 2012, Roo Abrook’s extraordinary body of work has been met with a great deal of success. Now on her third collection, she has exhibited across the UK, London and overseas in Hong Kong.
Abrook works in mixed media collage, using her own original drawings and paintings, to depict portraits of women. The effect of combining colour, often metallic or fluorescent, with the faded pages of vintage novels, is unexpectedly harmonious - an unusual but successful pairing of traditional and contemporary design.