As the title ‘Grounded’ might suggest, Vera Klute’s second solo exhibition at the gallery showcases a new body of work that has been developed mainly during the recent lockdown.
Through paintings, monoprints and small sculptures, the artist examines her immediate natural environment. The sudden and complete reduction of activity distils life down to its very essence, where the most mundane aspects of existence also becomes the most important. In this new vacuum, nature takes centre stage in Vera Klute’s work.
With a new, much looser approach to painting and sculpture the artist creates landscapes that are full of energy. The palette throughout the show is dark with occasional details of bright and saturated colour. The scenes are alive with an abundance of flora, where the chaos of plants dissolves into natural patterns.
Featuring parks and landscapes from North Dublin City, the artist guides the viewer off the main road, down the pathways and into the thicket. The figures that inhabit these spaces are dwarfed by mature trees and are enveloped by their surroundings. Their faces are reduced to bare expressions, giving glances of both carelessness and worry in a balance that shifts from piece to piece. With this the work explores the stillness and serenity that exists somewhere between boredom and panic.
Vera Klute of one Ireland’s most critically-acclaimed contemporary artists. Since graduating in fine art from IADT in 2006 with a first-class honours degree, Klute has had solo exhibitions at the RHA Gallery, Dublin, the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, and at The Molesworth Gallery. She has shown in the group exhibition Rencontres Internationales at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and was selected for FUTURES 2011 at the RHA. She won the 2015 Hennessy Portrait Prize, awarded under the auspices of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Hennessy-Craig Scholarship at the 2015 RHA Annual Show. Her portrait of Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, commissioned by The National Gallery of Ireland, was added to the National Portrait Collection in 2014. She received the Arts Council Bursary Award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013, the K+M Evans Award at the RHA Annual (2013) and the Emerging Visual Artist Award, Wexford Arts Centre (2009).
A fully-illustrated catalogue has been published to coincide with the exhibition. Copies are available from the gallery.