Category Archives : Leinster – Dublin

Stephen Lawlor at Oliver Sears Gallery

stephen-lawlorSome Untidy Spot
4 December – 8 January
Oliver Sears Gallery, 29 Molesworth St, Dublin 2

Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings and bronze sculptures by Stephen Lawlor.

The title is borrowed from W.H. Auden’s 1938 poem Musée de Beaux Arts which focuses its attention on Bruegel’s Fall of Icarus as a perfect cipher for the continuum of life regardless of the punctuation of toil and suffering.

Lawlor makes art about art. This particular ambit of interest is with western painting between 1400 and 1800, a period of enormous change that ushers in the renaissance and passes through the baroque and the age of enlightenment and ends with revolution and the cusp of industrialisation.

The individual paintings that inspire Lawlor range from Ucello to Titian, Poussin to Delacroix. The subjects as diverse as portraiture, landscape and mythology. By deconstructing key paintings in the history of art and reimagining them in a contemporary context Lawlor invites the viewer to make fresh connections and pose new questions about these enormously influential masterpieces. The small scale intimacy of the canvases are not pastiches. Some have only a faint resonance to the originals, others bear a stronger resemblance. For Lawlor the realisation of these works has been a fraught, emotional struggle that has yielded, from a profound grasp of art history, a complex, powerful and confident interpretation of classical painting today.


Duke Street Gallery Group Exhibition Launch

DUKESTREET-GALLERY-xmas-vaiWe’re getting into the Christmas spirit here at Duke Street Gallery with the announcement of our Christmas Exhibition launch.

The launch takes place on Thursday the 4th of December from 5pm – 8pm at Duke Street Gallery, 17 Duke Street, Dublin 2. The show will feature the latest works from artists such as Graham Knuttel, Clare Hartigan, Joby Hickey, Marie Carroll, Tom Byrne and Alex McKenna (to name but a few). There will be a wine reception, music and some complimentary gift vouchers on the opening night. Our annual show takes place every year at Christmas time to showcase the latest paintings from our resident gallery artists and exciting new works from our newest gallery painters.The exhibition runs until the 31st of December.

We hope to see you all there!

TROVE at IMMA – Dorothy Cross Selects from the National Collections

Dorothy Cross selects from the National Collections
Sponsored by BNP Paribas
03 December 2014 – 08 March 2015

IMMA has invited internationally renowned artist Dorothy Cross to select an exhibition of work from the Collections of IMMA, Crawford Art Gallery, National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. The resulting exhibition; Trove, will showcase the extraordinary depth of the National Collections in one unique and very subjective presentation. This is the first time that the National Collections have worked together in this way; presenting a combination of objects and artworks as one single exhibition. Thus Trove represents a unique opportunity for people to see works from both our art and object based National Collections together for the first time, presenting these works in a new and fascinating light. By the inclusion of works rarely seen by the public, Trove also celebrates and rediscovers many of the hidden treasures of our National Collections, revealing much about our collective identity through the objects we have chosen to collect.

To coincide with the exhibition at IMMA, Eyemaker by Dorothy Cross will be shown at the National Gallery of Ireland from 3 December 2014 to 8 March 2015.

Periodical Review #4 at Pallas Projects/Studios

Periodical ReviewSelected by Mary Conlon, Paul Hallahan, Gavin Murphy & Mark Cullen
5 December – 17 January | Preview: 5 December at 6pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

Michael Beirne, Jenny Brady, Jane Butler, Rachael Corcoran, Anita Delaney, Joe Duggan, Marie Farrington, Hannah Fitz, Mark Garry, Dragana Jurisic, Allyson Keehan, Caoimhe Kilfeather, Ali Kirby, Sofie Locher, Loitering Theatre, Shane Murphy, Liam O’Callaghan, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch/Resort, Orla Whelan

An artwork, like a book, is not made up of individual words on a page (or images on a screen), each of which with a meaning, but is instead ‘caught up in a system of references to other books, other texts, other sentences’.

Pallas Projects/Studios presents the fourth in the series of Periodical Review – a unique, yearly survey of Irish contemporary art practices, that looks at commercial gallery shows, museum exhibitions, artist-led and independent projects and curatorial practices. Periodical Review is not a group exhibition per se, it is a discursive action, with the gallery as a magazine-like layout of images that speak (the field talking to itself). An exhibition as resource, in which we invite agents within the field to engage with what were for them significant moments, practices, works, activity, objects: nodes within the network.

Each year PP/S invite two peers – artists, writers, educators, curators – to review and subsequently nominate a number of art practices, selected via an editorial meeting. Such a review-type exhibition within Irish art practice acts to revisit, be a reminder, a critical appraisal and consolidation of ideas and knowledge within the field of contemporary Irish art; to facilitate and encourage collaboration, crossover and debate; and to act as an accessible survey of contemporary art, expanding parameters to art practices around the country.

Previous co-curators have been Matt Packer (Glucksman/Treignac/CCA), Michele Horrigan (Askeaton Contemporary Arts), Eamonn Maxwell (Director, Lismore Castle Arts), Padraic E. Moore (Independent curator), Ruth Carroll (RHA), Carl Giffney (Good Hatchery).

All the works featured in Periodical Review are available to purchase during the course of the exhibition, with commissions on sales going towards developing exhibitions & exchanges at PP/S. In a collaboration with Ormston House the exhibition will be reconfigured and presented in Limerick in 2015.

Winter Exhibition at SO Fine Art Editions

yakino-the-coming-of-wisdom-with-time-low-res28 November – 17 January, 2015 | Preview: Thursday, 27 November, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
SO Fine Art Editions, 10 Anne St S, Dublin 2

SO Fine Art Editions is pleased to present our second annual Winter Exhibition, showcasing new works from over thirty gallery artists. This year’s exhibition has an emphasis on unique works on paper, featuring new pieces from Siobhan Cuffe, Martin Gale, Ann Quinn, and Samuel Walsh. Recently published fine art prints from Jean Bardon, Gráinne Cuffe, Cliona Doyle, Louise Leonard, Pamela Leonard and Keith Wilson hang along side ceramics and sculpture from Brendan Jamison, Alison Kay, Alison Lowry, Owen Quinlan, and Mark Revels. Also on view is Alice Maher’s recently published limited edition book ‘Reservoir’, which includes a limited fine art print.

The exhibition will be held 28 November through 17 January, 2015.

‘Celebrating Tradition’ – Winter Exhibition of Gallery Artists & Studio Members & Launch of Sponsors’ Portfolio 2015 at the Graphic Studio Gallery

Celebrating TraditionCelebrating Tradition

Graphic Studio Gallery’s wonderful annual winter exhibition Celebrating Tradition presents a unique collection of newly released fine art prints by Graphic Studio Dublin members and gallery artists, demonstrating a plethora of printmaking techniques, styles and themes which will focus on traditions – breaking them and creating new ones.

These framed artworks are an innovative and affordable gift; a treasured piece of fine art that can be taken home and enjoyed in time for Christmas. Artists include: Sophie Aghajanian, James Allen, Jean Bardon, Cliona Doyle, Tim Goulding, Louise Leonard, Stephen Lawlo, Mary Lohan and Bernadette Madden, among others.

Additionally, we’ll be launching our Sponsors Portfolio 2015, showcasing the work of Jennifer Johnson, Colin Davidson, James McCreary, Niamh Flanagan & David Lunney. This unique and limited collection of prints and prose is the 6th portfolio in a series of 10, in what has proved to be a highly success collaboration between the visual and written word.

Alongside the exhibition our gallery will be taking part for the first time in Temple Bar TradFest 2015. We will be hosting ‘Session in the Gallery’ with artist Ruth O’Donnell and musician Nick Roth, weaving together our visual abundance and musical heritage, which is so intrinsic to Ireland’s national identity. The session is the collaboration between Ruth and Nick, who will respond to each other’s work in front of a live audience on Wednesday 28th January 2015 from 6.30pm-8pm.

We will also host a ‘Drypoint Workshop’ with artists Niamh Flanagan and Clare Henderson on Saturday 31st January 2015. Over the course of an afternoon you will learn and delight in the fundamentals of drypoint printmaking and Chine Collé. Our workshops are accessible and informative, providing an environment for learning and experimentation. |

Selection Box – Annual Christmas Show at Talbot Gallery & Studios

Deirdre-Hayden-Lambda-CType-Photographic-print-on-metal-12-x12Exhibition Dates: 4th – 20th December 2014

The Talbot Gallery & Studios presents it’s annual Christmas Show. The exhibition will comprise of small artworks, all within 12inch x 12inch size, being sold at the same price; 200 euro. We feel this format will offer a wonderful way for people to invest in an emergent talent, rediscover a previous favourite or to begin their own art collection. We hope this will prove a fruitful opportunity for art enthusiasts to start following and supporting artists at an affordable price, while also being able to engage with Dublin’s vibrant artistic community.

The artists we host at the Talbot Gallery range greatly in terms of perspective and media. We are confident the work of our selected artists will comprise a show of diverse aesthetics as well as ample opportunity to find original, unique gifts.

Invited Artists: Aileen Murphy, Aimee Nolan, Aisling Conroy, Alison Pilkington, Angela MacDonagh, Anne Hendrick, Anne Marie Webb, Blathnaid Ni Mhurchu, Bennie Reilly, Cecilia Bullo, Cecilia Danell, Ciara O’Hara, Claire McCluskey, David Lunney, Deirdre Heyden, Dorota Borowa, Emma Hogan, Emma Roche, Felicity Clear, Fionna Murray, Gerry Davis, Helen MacMahon, Ida Mitrani, Jane Fogarty, Jennifer Cunningham, Joe Stanley, Joe Scullion, Kate Murphy, Laura Angell, Lucy Sheridan, Marie Farrington, Mary Fitzgerald, Miriam Mc Connon, Sean Guinan, Steven Maybury, Steven McGovern, Stephen Morris, Sinead Kennedy and Will O’Kane.

Jane Fogarty at the Eight Gallery

Jane-Fogarty-Mel-VAI6th – 17th December | Preview: Friday Dec 5th at 6pm.
Eight Gallery, No. 8 Dawson Street, D2.

Mel is an exhibition of new works by Jane Fogarty.

Mel is temporal – Mel is fast – Mel is a retention of process.

Mel is solid – Mel is action – Mel is slow.

Mel is potential – Mel is malleable.

Jane Fogarty graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010.
Recent exhibitions include: Winter Open, RUA RED, The Spirit of The Stairs, Basic Space, Unearth, Roscommon Arts Centre, Resort, Ballymastocker Bay, Donegal and Gracelands, Substance Abuse, Leitrim.
Awards include: The Most Promising Graduate Award, Lewis Crosby Award for painting and The Arts Council Project Award. |

Vera Klute at The LAB

exhibitionThe Grand Scheme
27 November – 10 January | Opening: 27 November at 6pm introduced by Anna O’Sullivan, Director, Butler Gallery
The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm

The LAB Gallery is pleased to present, The Grand Scheme, new work by Dublin based artist Vera Klute including kinetic sculptures, a 5m high video projection, tapestry and drawing. Themes are inspired by everyday life and utilize familiar objects and imagery. The artist looks at how we perceive the outside world and our place in it, and sees the individual as displaced in its own habitat. Like a natural scientist the artist is attempting to make sense of an often absurd everyday life with its cycles, routines and habits.This particular body of work looks at the individual within its sociological environment and the behaviour particular to groups. While playfully exploring concepts of group intelligence and individuals merging into a mass, it sees the human subject in a fine balance between herd instincts and the formal confines of social constructs such as the family, sports club or school class.Contrary to today’s individualist self-image there is still an inherent urge to blend in with the social environment. The artist takes these instinctual tendencies and looks at their emotional consequences. In the artwork the boundaries between the self and the other become blurred. Bodies merge and slice into each other and the movements of the group as a whole turn into waves.

The Exhibition is accompanied by a specially commissioned text by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Curator, Writer and Director of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios. |

Cecilia Moore and Elke Thönnes at axis: Ballymun

exhibitionPortholes and Teapots – An exhibition of sculpture, fine art prints and artists books
Runs until 17 December
by Cecilia Moore and Elke Thönnes,
axis: Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 9.00pm.
Weekend opening hours may vary, please feel free to call axis on (01) 883 2100 for details

Artists Cecilia Moore and Elke Thönnes give audiences the chance to ponder the details of familiar places and everyday objects of Dublin’s Northside, at a joint exhibition now running in axis: Ballymun.

The artists use metalwork, maps, artists books and fine art prints to show the beauty in what is often overlooked.

Cecilia Moore has dismantled metal household objects, like teapots and vases, gathered locally to re assemble and rework them into playful tactile sculptures. This body of work is accompanied by a quirky animation, detailing her design process.

Elke Thönnes has used various fine art print techniques to create a ‘love letter to Dublin. In the search for new methods to ‘read the city’, she has placed details of iconic city structures onto embossings of old maps, The tactile nature of the work is a comment on the craftsmanship and architecture of generations past.

axis Ballymun director, Mark O’Brien, welcomes the two artists back for what will be their 5th exhibition at the venue. Both have a long association with axis, from establishing and running a print group and teaching art to organising exhibitions, and in 2001 axis’s inaugural exhibition was a solo show by Cecilila Moore.

Cecilia Moore lives in Ballymun, she trained as a silversmith and sculptor and has exhibited widely, receiving several public art commissions, she is currently on a masters programme at the National College of Art and Design.

Elke Thönnes, a native of Cologne, Germany, is a painter and printmaker who works at Graphic Studio Dublin. She has exhibited extensively in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. |

Paul Rose at Gallery 27

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Curated by Tony Strickland
4 – 9 December | Opening: 4 December at 6pm – Opening speaker: Angel Loughrey, Art Convenor, UAC
Gallery 27, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: 1pm – 5.30pm

Artist Paul Rose will showcase a collection of his bog landscape paintings in his first solo Dublin exhibition at gallery 27 in December.

Paul’s practice is about conveying a scenario by creating paintings in abstract or expressionistic form allowing the viewer to piece together the works for their own perception. He has always been fascinated by the Irish wetlands/ bogs which are valued landscapes and places of unique flora and fauna. It’s topography is transformed by ever changing light, at times crammed or lost in dejection, sometimes standing full of pride with poignant restraint, calmness, wellbeing and ruggedness.

Rose was born in England and moved to Ireland in 1995. After a serious assault by a patient during his previous occupation as a nurse, he took up painting as a theraputic outlet. He graduated from GMIT in 2012. He has had solo exhibitions in Sligo, Wicklow and Portugal. Paul lives and works in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo.

MART Experiments | Annemarie Ni Churreain & Steven Maybury at Rathmines Library & The MART Gallery | Helena Hamilton at The MART Gallery 2

TheMART-square-vaiThe MART, 109a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The MART Experiments are a series of FREE 1- 5 day opportunities for curators and artists to experiment, create or display work on a short term basis in our galleries. We have 2 this December 3rd!

Experiment 1: Epigraphing Rathmines – Curated by Moran Been-noon. Artists: Annemarie Ni Churreain & Steven Maybury.

Time: 12-6pm @ Rathmines Library & The MART Gallery

Celebrating the relationship between art, literary culture, and the life of the community in Rathmines, this experiment brings forward two cultural markers within the neighbourhood: the Rathmines Library and the MART art gallery and studios, and the public space between the two. Poet Annemarie Ni Churreain and visual artist Steven Maybury will create a collaborative cultural situation in a day-long engagement with the Rathmines community. The artists will respond to the place and the community surrounding them while they work, to generate poetic (visual and literary) representations of the moment, the dialogue, and the location. This event will be performed in both the library and gallery spaces and is open to all community members, artists, and writers to become part of what is aimed to become a portrait of a situation. Come join our epigraphers!

Experiment 2: ‘The Butterflies In My Brain’ – Curated by Siobhán Mooney. Artist: Helena Hamilton

Time: 6.30pm @ The MART Gallery 2.

Mart Experiments presents ‘The Butterflies In My Brain’ a performance by Helena Hamilton as part of Temporary Sights, an ongoing project based in MART Gallery curated by Siobhán Mooney. ‘The Butterflies In My Brain’ transforms an overhead projector into a site specific, performative sound device. All sounds originate live from within and around the machine – selection, manipulation and duration of sounds are made via interaction through live drawing. This repetitive, considered visual interaction stimulates sonic variations throughout the duration of the performance. Helena Hamilton, born in Northern Ireland in 1986, is an artist who works both visually and sonically through a variety of media, from installation to performance. Hamilton holds a BA Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster (2009) and received MA in Sonic Arts from Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast (2014).

‘General Practice’ Exhibition at Tallaght Hospital

exhibitionAn exhibition selected from The Trinity College Dublin Art Collections
29th October 2014 – 22nd April 2015

The General Practice exhibition that portrays Ireland at a moment in time. It captures the ordinariness and the extraordinariness of patients telling doctors about intimate things, which is done 50,000 times a day in Ireland. The aim of the exhibition is to illustrate the day-to-day work of general practitioners in a variety of communities around Ireland. On seeing the photographs, all the doctors who took part expressed a sense of privilege in doing the job that they do and love and in having the trust of people, who are ill or who believe themselves to be ill.

The exhibition was the inspiration of Professor Tom OʼDowd who commissioned Fionn McCann to create this photographic work in celebration of the Tercentenary of the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin in 2012. The inaugural show took place in the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar. The exhibition is now on loan from Trinity College and it with great pleasure that we show it here in Hospital Street, Tallaght Hospital.

Sinead McDonald at Draíocht Arts Centre

29 November – 7 February
First Floor Gallery, Draíocht Arts Centre, The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

‘Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined’ – Wikipedia

A series of real and imagined self-portraits, these images investigate fate, free will and predestination, truth and longing and looks at how decisions, accidents and circumstances can change us utterly. What is it that makes us who we are? What if we could go back and undo things? Do we really have the power to shift our own narratives?

Sinead McDonald is a Dublin based artist and NCAD graduate. She has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, with recent work shown in the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, the UK and an ongoing community arts project in Western Finland. She works in a variety of media, most notably photography, video and physical computing. Research trajectories explore the sciences and collaborative practice and how using different disciplines can help navigate and illuminate difficult and taboo subjects, allow us to tell stories and ultimately, explore the most human of desires and yearnings.

Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

Gerry O’Mahony at Draíocht Arts Centre

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29 November – 7 February
Ground Floor Gallery, Draíocht Arts Centre, The Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

‘In my work I seek to confront the instinctive realities of human and cultural challenges in a world which fluctuates between the familiar and the unknown, an odyssey that shows humanity’s struggle to find ways to inhabit the planet in a peaceful, productive and co-operative way. These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. The work is a response to all of these influences and yet none of them – a separate entity created from the inter-mingling of both major and minor influences. The work is an expression of a vision of the world, an invitation to observers to share that vision and create their own. It is both a statement and a challenge.’

Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate from Limerick School of Art & Design. He has taught art in Ireland and has travelled extensively, spending long periods in both Israel and Malawi. These travels have been a huge influence on his art practice. He is a permanent member of Contact Studios, Limerick and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Draiocht’s Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is Free.

The Nom Nom Collective at White Lady Art

nomstalgiaNOMSTALGIA: The Exhibition – A selection of new work from The Nom Nom Collective
29 November – 23 December | Opening: 29 November at 6pm
White Lady Art, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

White Lady Art Gallery is proud to invite you to the group exhibition of The Nom Nom Collective!

NOMSTALGIA: The Exhibition is a celebration of heroes and villains, the characters we loved in our childhood who still hold a special place in our hearts, and in the hearts of the Nom Nom Collective artists. Nomstalgia is a tribute to the movies, TV shows, cartoons, toys and video games that shaped and inspired the Nom Nom Collective and in turn their artistic practice. This generation of artists grew up with ninja turtles and He-Man, their heroes were pixelated super plumbers and ghostbusters and Nomstalgia pays homage to these characters that hugely influenced the Nom Nom’s style and subject matter. A celebration of youth and popular culture, Nomstalgia features diverse influences and common themes arising from the Nom Nom Collectives artistic creation, imagination and inspiration. Nomstalgia will fuse these elements and investigate the parts of pop culture that have shaped the Nom Nom Collective style and art, from Lego to Nintendo and everything in between. Join the Nom Nom Collective on Saturday 29th November at 6pm in White Lady Art and enjoy free refreshments, live music, and a fantastic new body of work that will take you back to the future.

The Nom Nom Collective is a group of unique artists hailing from this world and others. From its humble beginnings in the Irish street art and graffiti scene, the Nom Nom collective has grown to encompass diverse artists from all four corners of the globe whose love of street art and graffiti unite them. The Nom Nom Collective are Loki (Ireland), Splink/Lamp (Ireland), Lints (Denmark), Poncho (Ireland), Jine (Ireland/Canada), Askim (Brazil), DS (France/Ireland) and Met10 aka The Assistinator (Denmark)

(Over 18’s for the opening night – all ages welcome during the exhibition duration!).

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Blue Moon Lost Wednesday at RHA Gallery

blue-moonWednesday 26th November, 6pm – 10.30pm
RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, D2.

How: Tickets are €15, this includes entry + three complimentary Blue Moon beers Go to to purchase tickets.

10th November, 2014: On Wednesday 26th November, people are invited to lose themselves in the magnificent yet intimate surrounds of the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) with a spectacular mix of events lined up, featuring some of Dublin’s most innovative creatives. Taking place every 8 weeks over the next year, the second Blue Moon Lost Wednesday is coordinated by the RHA and the alternative space loving, DIY promoter HOMEBEAT.

This highly anticipated evening will be an imaginative look into the colourful and creative world of Dublin’s flourishing art scene and the best experimental live music, DJ’s, art and food the city has to offer.

For more information on the event, please visit:

Winter Fair at the National Print Museum

exhibition28, 29 and 30 November 2014
National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Opening hours: Friday 16.00-20.00, Saturday and Sunday 11.00-16.00

Now in its fourth year, the National Print Museum’s Winter Fair returns!

The mezzanine level of the Museum will transform into a winter wonderland with market stalls selling all sorts of unique Christmas gifts. Visitors will have the opportunity to the view Making a Festive Impression, an exhibition of hand-printed Christmas cards and families can enjoy self-guided arts and crafts activities at the Education Area. The onsite café Press will be open and serving tasty seasonal treats!

Free admission!

For more information, call 01 6603770.

David Dunne at Gallery 27

exhibitionA thorn in my side / An ox on his thorn 
Curated by Tony Strickland
27 November – 2 December | Opening: 27 November at 6pm – Opening speaker: John Behan, RHA
Gallery 27, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
Opening hours: 1pm – 5.30pm

Multi media artist, David Dunne will showcase a selection of new work in sculpture, found objects and paper at Gallery 27 in November.

David’s new exhibition is an inquiry into the physiological structures that lie above and beneath the surface of our physical and natural world. It refers to the thorn bush manifest with it’s barb, spike and wrestle, the subconscious woven, thrown into an oubliette.

Dunne has exhibited nationally and internationally in Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Finland as well as the United States. Recent exhibitions include the Royal Hibernian Academy, Re/Turn, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Precursor, Catalyst Arts, and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York. He was a recipient of the EV+A open award in 1998 and 2002. |

Sorca O’Farrell at The House Restaurant

exhibitionTowards the Light
17 November – 7 December
The House Restaurant, 4 Main Street, Howth, Co. Dublin

“For many years Sorca O’Farrell has walked the hills of her native Howth and with this impressive new collection of work she brings us along with her. Her visual exploration and extensive research of her subject matter draw us into her world, where we are taken on a journey from darkness to light. The eye is drawn from the blackness of the foregrounds to glimmers of colour and light towards the horizon, conjuring up the phenomenon of new growth after mountain gorse fires. This transition also suggests possibilities for hope and reinvention, the drawn paths and fields leading towards and through the vividness of sunlight and wild heather. O’Farrell has developed a technique of building up her images using a process of adding and subtraction – layering on and erasing marks using charcoal and paint until the final surface texture is arrived at. This gives us highly personal works of great depth and tension which summon up images of windblown grass, changing landscapes and her well-travelled path.” Una Sealy A.R.H.A.

“My current work is a direct emotional response to the landscape I walk in. I use various materiels and elements; paint & charcoal, light & dark, to build up a visual description of the feeling of moving through the fields and paths around where I live.” Sorca O’Farrell

For further information on this exhibition see