Group Show Niall Lynam, Karen Walsh, Alison Tubritt and Sean O Rourke
Opening Date: Sun 15 October Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun 15 Oct – Fri 10 Nov Open: Wed – Sat 9:30 -5pm
The exhibition will be opened by Dr Éimear O’Connor HRHA, MBA (Hons)
Four artists from our very successful Emerging Artist’s Exhibition 2016 have been selected for this group exhibition. Each artist has a distinct style and all have a strong future ahead as a upcoming Irish artists to watch.
Niall Lynam’s painting practice focuses on the deconstruction of the portrait genre. They are virtual portraits, faces of non-existent persons. Lynam works directly against the most commonly valued aspect of the genre; (must a portrait only represent an existing face?) in order to provoke a sociological analysis of what portraiture is.With no identity, there is no prejudice or pre conceived bias towards the subject/painting. It is a more democratic, socially based mode of representation; merely examples of a type of portraiture. In these twin portraits Lynam explores two concepts; eugenics and gender. With his brush the artist is in complete control of the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics.
Karen’s artwork attempts to make visible abandoned, mainly domestic, dwellings, as well as their forgotten objects, that remain untouched in the Irish landscape. Structures once filled with warmth and life are now seen wasting away and slowly becoming reclaimed by nature. Fragmentation is a vital element within her work with such images composed of remnants of something that once was. Within such fragments an image is created that observes loss. An absence and presence occurs simultaneously through the stillness of her oil painting compositions which reflect on the lack of human presence yet still provide the stuff of life that suggest a human interaction that once existed. Recognisable objects bring forth hidden histories and therefore lead to improvised narratives.
Equus Caballus II : Through a sustained study and exploration of the horse anatomy in the context of contemporary art, the artist explores traditional drawing and mark making techniques. This series is following on from the previous Equus Caballus using just a white pencil on black paper, where as now the artist is limiting her materials to a blade on scratch board. The artist often chooses to limit her materials to test her abilities through a subject matter that has been previously explored throughout art history.
Precise attention is given to details and fragments of the horse’s form through a play between light and shadow, while also adding the component of negative space. The small scale of the artwork allows the viewer to connect with each piece individually or as a whole. The artist’s main aims are to seek a productive relationship between the physicality of the work and the drawing process, as well as focusing on the technical execution of each individual piece.
Sean O Rourke
Sean O’Rourke graduated from NCAD in 2016 with a BA Hons in fine art painting. In 2016 he was awarded NUI Art and Design Prize for his “Crucifixion” triptych, the painting was created to commemorate the demolition of Dolphin House flat complex. In transforming relics of the building into art, he brings attention to what once existed. Sean has lived in Dublin’s south inner city since he was born in 1994. This is where he has drawn his inspiration from, using what interests him aesthetically about Dublin’s economically deprived inner city. Mostly painting on reclaimed objects, like rusted metal sheets once used to board up the windows of derelict flat complexes, using the plates to paint everyday scenes from a working class environment. The plates give a realistic look into the rough distressed elements Sean finds intriguing, as well as giving a representation of the area that the plates come from in the form of a painting. By removing the plates from their original context and placing them into the context of a gallery space, it allows them to be primarily viewed in an aesthetic.
Jacinta Crowley Long
Title: ‘Beyond the Pale’
Opening time: Sunday, 19 November Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition runs: Sunday, 19 November – Friday, December 15 Open: Wednesday to Saturday, 9.30pm to 5pm
Jacinta Crowley-Long is a leading professional Irish painter of canine, equestrian and landscape paintings. With numerous highly acclaimed solo exhibitions behind her, Jacinta’s work graces collections worldwide and is in ever increasing demand. Jacinta is a regular exhibitor at the Mall Galleries, London, Christies, London, the Palace House Gallery. Newmarket, Salon de La Rochelle, France and the many Irish Festivals including Kilkenny Arts Festival, Eigse Carlow, Wexford Arts Festival and is represented by many prestigious galleries throughout the country. Many awards of excellence have come her way including in recent times a number of prizes at the American Art Awards, a competition juried by 25 top American Art Galleries. One of her works was selected as ‘The Face of Irish Art’ in the USA. She is a member of the United Arts Club, Dublin and a fellow of the Society Of Equestrian Artists. She is also a member of the Irish En Plein Air painters and in 2009 was the recipient of the coveted first prize for the public’s favourite painting in their Wexford Exhibition.
With its distinctive character, always showing panache and verve in its execution, Jacinta Crowley-Long’s work has attracted much acclaim. Jacinta is best known for her portraits of dogs and horses but equally she loves painting landscapes, interiors and for both types of work, she creates paintings by choice as well as undertaking commissions.
Living in rural Wicklow on the Wexford border, Jacinta has developed a strong feeling and affinity for the landscape, and is particularly inspired by subjects that show an interesting quality of light.
Most of her landscape subjects are found in the, fields and hills on the Wicklow Way near where she lives . She is captivated by the variety of dramatic skies, hills forests and mountains found around her 18th century Rectory home and her garden paintings have been likened to some of the work of Mildred Anne Butler. Her preferred method is to work directly from the scene as much as possible, just adding the finishing touches in the studio. When compared with her portrait paintings, the advantage of painting landscapes, she finds, is that they offer more freedom in the way the subject is interpreted. It is no wonder that her landscape and garden paintings sold out on the first day at the Wexford Opera Festival in 2016.
With her canine and equine portraits, the most important thing, she feels, is to capture the individual essence of the animal. This is essential to her and the expression of the eyes is of the utmost importance. She feels that there must be something behind the eyes that the viewer can relate to. ‘It is very important to capture the character of the animal and make them look natural’ she says.
The portraits ,landscapes and interiors are built on the same principles as far as observation , composition and technique are concerned. In both, she feels, the principal considerations should be light , focus, rhythm ,drama and atmosphere.
Crowley-Long is an artist of international reputation and exhibits not only in Ireland , but also in Europe and the USA and her work is admired and collected globally by prominent politicians, entertainers, business leaders and art collectors, She works in the classical tradition building up layer upon layer of paint from an under-painting utilizing glazing techniques and her works have a high polish and finish. Her paintings have a bigger than life feel to them that can be awe inspiring and raises the bar for excellence . Her painterly style is what she calls impressionistic realism. ‘I like to have my paintings lean towards a looser rendering of the real and leave a little to the viewers imagination’.
Versatility is the hallmark of the paintings of Crowley-Long. Her enthusiasm and sheer skill at depicting dogs and horses in oil and water-colour are regularly augmented by landscapes, garden paintings, interiors, seascapes, still -life, figurative work and virtuoso studies of wildlife and farm animals. In particular she captures the timeless quality of the Irish landscape in the farmland surrounding her Rectory home on the Wicklow border and the precision of her work, both large and small, makes it compelling viewing.
This plans to be a vibrant and exciting exhibition at the Courthouse Arts Centre, a must see for all lovers of the countryside and country pursuits.
For further information studio number 0868244632 or view exhibition online www.crowley-long.com
Title: ‘It is not What It Seems’
Opening Date: Wed 11 January Time: 12pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Wed 11 Jan – Fri 27 Jan Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm
Now in its 4th year our Youth Arts Festival is going from strength to strength with over 300 young artist and performers taking part from all around south Wicklow.
As a multi-tiered art event across visual art, music, theatre, spoken word and dance we are delighted to exclusively offer The Courthouse Arts Centre as a youth venue for the entire month of January.
Visual Art: Exhibition by over 250 National and Secondary school pupils and our own Courthouse Teen studio and Artsparks groups.
Date: Opens Wednesday 11 January and runs until Friday 27 January
Opening Time: 12 noon
Jung – A Han
Opening Date: Sun 19 March Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun 19 Mar – Fri 14 April Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm
Jung-A Han is a Korean artist who works and lives in Ireland. Han moved to Ireland in January 1999, where she studied Fine Art at the Institute of Technology, Carlow. Currently studying for an MA at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design & Technology, she has been living in Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow since 2007.
Jung-A Han’s exhibition is entitled ‘Raincoat’ as it relates to her technique of dripping painting as well as approaching art in the style of a performance. Living in Korea, there were sunny days, but she had always loved rainy days. Now living in the land of eternal showers, she poses herself as canvas or paper, the dripping paint expressesing the rain cascading down on her existence in a strange land just as the paint freely trickles over the canvas.
Han’s also work focuses on the relationship between people and how they communicate and network with each other in the modern world. Her work explores themes of our position in the world, a world in which we are more and more surrounded by different cultures, types of space and ever more sources of technology.
She is interested in history, culture and the environment, more specifically the relationship of these elements to people and nature. Her work aims to explore ideas of communications with the world, how I, through collaborations and solo projects try to answer the reflective question of ‘Who I am’ as an artist, ‘Who I am as a person?’
The exhibition will be opened by Charles DeLapp, great-grand nephew of William Orpen, and by the artist and writer, Brian Hand. Brian is a lecturer with Carlow Institute of Technology where he lectures in Visual Studies, Photography, Video, Sculpture and Community Based Learning.
Opening Date: Sun 23 April Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun 23 Apr – Fri 19 May Open: Wed 10-5pm Thurs – Sat 10-5pm
Tony Kew was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1937, where he studied in the Johannesburg School of Art. In 1967 he immigrated to Toronto, Canada when he was thirty years old. During his career in commercial art in Toronto and New York he received over thirty awards of merit and creativity. He began painting seriously in 1974. Almost ten years later, in 1983 he was chosen to design images for Canada Post and for Canadian Embassies throughout the world. He now lives in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.
Tony is a painter with a preoccupation with the human form and in the realistic and surrealistic genre. His work has sold in eleven countries: Ireland, USA, Bermuda, Canada, South Africa, Spain, England, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Italy. Tony’s work is represented in several corporate collections; collected Imperial Oil of Canada and Texaco Canada Inc as well as numerous others. His paintings have been seen on RTE on television programmes such as the Angelus, Time Out and IRIS. His portraiture has won awards.
Title: ‘Lamp Black and moonlight’
Opening Date: Sun 28 May Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun 28 May – Fri 30 June Open: Wed 9:30am – Sat 10-5pm
‘Lamp black and moonlight’ is an exhibition of animations, drawings and
monotypes by David Begley. David Begley is an artist and writer based in Wexford, currently
working in the mediums of drawing and printmaking. Recently his work
has been presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest Athens, Greece,
Oriel Myrddin and Oriel Davies, Wales, VISUAL, Carlow, The RHA,
Dublin, DAS2015, Belfast and The Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo. David
was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Wales in 2015 and an
Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014.
“My monotypes are part of an ongoing body of work in monochrome
following three years of drawing and making animated films. ” David Begley
Title: Threads of My Life
Opening Date: Sun 13 Aug Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sat 5 Aug – Fri 25 Aug Open: Wed – Sat 9:30am -5pm
This exhibition intertwines watercolours, textiles and mixed media that narrate the artist’s love of Africa and threads of association that bind her to that Continent. Having first visited Africa as a child she returned as an adult and developed her artistic practice while travelling across all four provinces: North, South, East and West.
Her work takes inspiration from the colours, textures and people of Africa. She combines the delicacy of watercolours with African fabrics while also bringing her Celtic heritage into the visual image. A select number of textile pieces in this exhibition were created in 2013 while on an artist residency programme in Namibia.
Maeve, a graduate of NCAD obtained an honours degree in Textiles and both a H.Dip and Masters in Visual Arts Education. Her practice is equally split between her own creative practice and working as an Educator and arts facilitator. She believes very strongly in education through art and that art should be available to all. Maeve is currently the Education and Outreach Officer at the Courthouse Arts Centre.
Lynn Foster Fitzgerald and Émer O Laoghaire
Title: Seeing comes before words
Opening Date: Sun 10 September Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun 10 Sept – Fri 6 Oct Open: Wed – Sat 9:30 -5pm
The exhibition will be opened by Liam Ó Maonlaí
Lynne Foster Fitzgerald
Lynne Foster Fitzgerald lives and works in Wicklow. Trained at IADTL and DIT (2006), her solo shows have addressed the possibility of psychological transformation through the act of painting.
In this collaboration Lynne’s love of and deep connection with materials is expressed through the recycling of studio detritus and found objects.
Émer O Laoghaire
Born in Dublin and living in Co. Wicklow for almost 20 years, Émer O Laoghaire started painting in 2014 using found materials such as discarded sails and household paints.
Émer has had no formal training apart from a workshop in NCAD on colour mixing. Now working on canvas and linen grounds and using acrylics and powdered pigments, Émer’s artwork reflects her interest in the dynamics of colour, the ongoing tension between light and dark, and the gradations of tone between the two.
Works photographed by Dieter Setz – photography www.dietersetz.com