EXHIBITION: The Sense of Wonder in the Ordinary
EXHIBITION VENUE: The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 1
ARTIST: Declan Campbell
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OPENING NIGHT: Thursday 31st March 5pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION DATE: 1st April -6th April 2022 11am to 5pm
Inspired by the poetry of the late Patrick Kavanagh, Declan’s exhibition explores the sense of wonder in the ordinary and every day in both still life & figurative paintings. His work features found and discarded everyday objects from his household – including coloured cartons, household sponges, toothpaste boxes, food storage containers, coloured glass bottles, etc. His paintings explore all colouristic possibilities with these seemingly mundane objects.
Before commencing painting, Declan builds a multi-layered pop-up structure of discarded objects which becomes a starting point for his painting. Influenced by his environment, the structures are layered similarly to the jagged rocky coastlines in Western Ireland close to where he grew up as a young boy. This structure may also resemble and bear similarities to the hundreds of shipping containers stacked in Dublin port, a city where he has lived for his adult life. Working primarily in the medium of oil paint on linen canvas, his paintings explore light, structure, form and rhythm using built up layers of colour and tone.