Skerries, Co. Dublin, Ireland | 12th-28th September 2017
Roger Conroy: Raven
I studied in WRTC in Waterford, mainly specialising in sculpture. Since then further exploring painting, sculpture and mixed media working in materials as diverse as oil and other painting media to concrete and wood. Most of my work revolves around the portrait and figurative art, with the occasional presence of archetypal and symbolic influences gleaned from an interest and enthusiasm for myths, literature and music.
Frank Hallinan Flood: Circus
Born Dublin ,Ireland. Awarded four year Visual Art scholarship to the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Awarded the Richard DiMarco Touring Bursary. Awarded the Robert Smithson Memorial Scholarship at Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York, under Toshio Odate. Coordinator of environmental sculpture for Barry LaVAY at Art Park, Lewiston, New York State. Arts Council of Ireland Bursary. Fingal Guthrie Centre Residency. Award winning Designer for Stage and Film. Stage work seen in all major Irish Theatres and internationally, including the US, Australia, Great Britain, Canada. Film work includes Art Direction on such films as ‘The Field’, ‘Far And Away’, ‘Da’ ‘A Man Of No Importance’ etc. TV, Public Broadcasting Service, USA. Visual Art Exhibitions include ‘New Beginnings’ at The Mill, Skerries, ‘People and Places’, at Kennedy Gallery Dublin, Kilcock Gallery Co. Kildare 2005. Royal Hibernian Academy, Summer 2004 and 2008, Eigse 2004, Ev+a 2005 and ‘Acting Artists’ at Gerald Davis Gallery 2004. Awarded residency at the Centre d'Art i Natura, Farrera de Pallars, Catalonia 2006. Group exhibition (4 Painters) at the Nielson Gallery, Grazalema, Spain in April 2006. Certamen Internacional de Pintura, Cadiz, 2006. Galerie 3F Paris 2012. ‘Four Voices’ Ardgillian 2012/13. Overall winner Wexford Art in the Open 2011. Bronze medal winner AITO 2013, Third prize Frank Omeara Memorial Paint Out 2013. Recently included in the Royal Hibernian Academy Summer Show and exhibiting work at Merrion Square Outdoor
Rebcecca Jane Dolan: Elisa
Rebecca Jane Dolan is a 24 year old contemporary oil painter and ceramicist based in Skerries. Practicing primarily in portraiture, her works aim to capture the personality and likeness of the subject in a wholly naturalistic manner. Models are carefully transferred onto linen through the “SightSize” method, a technical approach employed by Old Master painters such as Velázquez and Van Dyck, as well as the modern portraitist John Singer Sargent. The use of a camera is totally avoided in order to free the artist to alter her composition when beauty presents itself in the spontaneous nature of painting from life. She is currently completing her studies in fine art at the National College of Art and Design after spending two years in Florence, Italy pursuing the tradition of atelier teaching at Charles H. Cecil Studios. She has exhibited in both the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy's Annual Exhibition.
Mark Costello: Topiary Doorway
Having studied architecture at UCD, worked as an architect in London and in Berlin and subsequently completed a masters degree in building conservation, Mark Costello established Strand Architects in 2010. Aside from architectural practice. Mark is interested in recording all aspects of our built heritage in pencil drawings and other media.
The use of fragile materials and processes in “Wandering” and “Border 1&2” are key to explore ideas of emigration, nationality and geopolitical frontiers. “Wandering” with its elder wood skeleton is based on the Irish navel vessel LE Samuel Beckett and constructed mimicking traditional currach building techniques. The “Border” chalk drawings highlight the reality of border posts between the North of Ireland and the Republic during The Troubles.
Siobhan Hyde: Saturday Morning in Kay's Kitchen
This work started with the idea of creating a series of prints in memory of my Mother as a dressmaker, subsequently a visit to see Jim Dines 'Tools' in New York 2015 influenced a broader appreciation of objects as beautiful and worthy of representation. The making of these prints removed the hankering to have my Mothers things after her demise.This suite of screen prints include still lives that incorporate homemaking, soul searching and remembering the delight of the simple pleasures in life.
Sorca O’Farrell: Where we go
Currently my work reflects a direct emotional response to the landscape through which I walk every day. The cliff paths of Howth are my inspiration with all the variety of twist and turns, dense growth contrasting with wide open spaces. My drawings are an immediate reaction to this experience. I primarily use charcoal to build up areas of texture and darkness in contrast to area of light, rubbing away and building layers to creature a deeply felt description of my experience of the environment.
Jim Kilgarriff: Copse
Rush artist Jim Kilgarriff's latest major exhibition of paintings are a set of beautiful, abstract works, inspired by the cliffs at Loughshinny harbour.Violent forces of nature together with weather erosion have produced dramatic movement of strata of Loughshinny, described Jim.Layers of pattern, texture and colour, echo wind and tide.