Landscape artist Eugene Conway new works exhibition May 11- 27
An exhibition of new work from one of Ireland’s leading realist landscape painters Eugene Conway, is set for Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin. The solo exhibition of 20 new works runs from May 11-27.
Conway was born in 1965 in Dublin but has lived in County Kilkenny since childhood, amid the landscape that informs his work. Critics have praised Conway’s meticulously observed work and how his use of colour relates directly to the weather, the seasons, and the passage of time. His subjects – bridges, barns and byways – are the unsung heroes of the Irish countryside, the aspects of the landscape that you notice when you live there. The landscapes are unpeopled but show the marks that human life has left behind. Some of the barns and cottages are abandoned but the work is not about abandonment. Other houses are lived in, the fields are farmed, and the hedges trimmed. A farm might have a new galvanised gate, with the old ones used as part of the fencing.
The work reflects the layers of history left by habitation and farming.
“They are just the landscapes we see all around us. The kind of thing that you’d observe when driving along,” said Conway. “A lot of the time they go unnoticed – old sheds, old walls, a wet ditch after the summer rain, or maybe the way that the light is hitting something, bringing out a lovely pattern in it. But the light is at a certain point. If you come back an hour later, everything has changed.”
Conway studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He has exhibited regularly at the RHA since 1998 and his work is in the collections of the Haverty Trust; the OPW; the ESB; and what is now the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin.
His exhibition at Gormleys Fine Art, Frederick Street, Dublin runs from May 11-27.
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