Common Thread, Maighread Tobin
9th July – 5th September 2021
This exhibition by Limerick-based artist, Maighread Tobin, is her first solo exhibition at Limerick City Gallery of Art and marks a significant change of direction in her work as the majority of the work is painting based. It centres on her continued passion with gardens and this is reflected in the explosion of colour and forms. Tobin has studied and extracted materials from numerous gardens, made studies and created work inspired by the natural environment. The artist developed a body of work that explores a particular environment she has visited many times, the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin. Spending time in this unique environment allowed her to research a diverse collection of tropical plants and other exotic species many of which cannot be seen anywhere else in Ireland, creating works that incorporate both oil and mixed media on gesso board. In realising these paintings Tobin does not wish to recreate botanical accuracy but to experiment with a varied colour pallet, structures and shapes, ultimately enjoying the experience of working closely with her twin passions of nature and paint. The artist will also investigate the notion of cataloguing the progression of plants throughout the seasons, documenting their changing forms and colours.
Tobin is a graduate of LSAD and has recently started painting, which is move away from her sculptural work for which she has a strong reputation. Tobin is represented in significant public collections including LCGA and The Arts Council in addition to many private collections.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with texts by Niamh Nic Ghabhann and Frances McDonald.
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