Date(s) - 01/03/2019 - 31/03/2019
The Icon Factory
Opening: 1 March, 6pm-9pm.
‘Lay Of The Land’ A solo exhibition by Olwyn Colgan. In this new body of work Olwyn tells the story of her visit to Cill Rialig, an artist residency set in a restored pre-famine village based on remote Bolus Head Co. Kerry.
Inspired by walks in a history loaded place, with never ending roads leading to views of surrounding ocean, ever changing skies, windswept hills, spectacular moon-lit nights, standing stones, ruins and animals with stories to tell, she generates visual images expressing stories through realism and abstraction.
Olwyn’s paintings interpret narratives laden with make-believe stories of day-to-day life within these landscapes and interiors of her cottage also introducing figurative imagery. The Iconic hare and cottage chair, symbolic to the famous Van Gogh chair become a recurring theme in Olwyn’s paintings.
This unique body of works is an invitation to step into her very own surreal universe, and engage the viewer’s imagination.
Her distinctive choice of colours project an atmospheric mood and establish a structure within her work without trying to be true to the natural world resulting in a wholly independent product of her perception and imagination. Her exploration of collage brings an inherent atmosphere to Olwyn’s paintings. In time these newly combined layered elements lead to unexpected background colours, textures and sometimes lead to the beginning of narratives within her paintings.
Personal expression for Olwyn is among the most important aims of her painting to present the world solely from a subjective vision, distorting it for emotional effect to evoke moods, ideas and new worlds.
Olwyn Colgan was born in Co. Tyrone, and is now living in Dublin.
She graduated with a degree in Fashion and Design at the University of Ulster Belfast in 1995. She then pursued a career in London, designing for fashion companies Cyberdog and Sue Rowe.
In 2000 she moved back to Ireland and began to move into a fine art tradition studying Painting and Drawing, bringing into her work illustration skills but also powerful dynamics from her fashion background and culture.
Olwyn has had previous solo shows in Inspire Gallery Dublin in 2016, Strule Art Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone in 2017 and deAppendix Dublin in 2019. She has participated in numerous group shows most recent being The Engine Room Gallery Belfast and, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Co. Laois. Olwyn is employed in Arts Education.