Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’. A Lighter tread explores our relationship with Landscape over the passage of time. Examining the juxtaposition between the steadfastness of landscape and fleetingness of intention. This exhibition invites you to take time and to be present. To reimagine the landscape around us.
Both Artist’s have very distinctive contemporary style’s and have been drawn together by their deeply personal connection to the Irish landscape, their sense of belonging and their grounding in the natural world around them.
Curated by Adrian Kelly of the Glebe Gallery, Churchill, Co. Donegal. A Lighter Tread is a true visual treat for the senses.
Josephine Kelly is based in Buncrana, Co Donegal. She graduated from The University of Ulster, Belfast in 1997. Josephine has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and is represented by a number of Irish galleries.
The landscape of a very particular corner of Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal is her singular preoccupation. Josephine’s motto is ‘ You should paint what you know’ and these works are a visual diary of her everyday. Transient fleeting encounters, snatches of colour and light, built up over months, repeated journeys and repeated paths. Walking the landscape is an integral part of this process. In the last two years she has travelled widely in small spaces, intimate pockets of our everyday, these paintings are about our daily paths both spiritual and physical. This is what she knows.
Paul T Murray is based in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. He has an MSc in Architecture and has most recently been selected to take part in the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Summer schools in 2021 & 2022. Paul has exhibited work across the island of Ireland through both solo and group exhibitions.
Landscape, place and belonging feature strongly in Paul’s work. His bold style draws from the natural colour palette of the northwest of Ireland. Deconstructing the Irish landscape into his distinctive visual language.