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Mick O’Dea PRHA

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Mick_RHA_presidentThe Royal Hibernian Academy, which operates one of the nation’s largest exhibition galleries, elected the painter Mick O’Dea as the 23rd President of the Academy at its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 14th October, 2014. Elected to RHA Membership in 1996, Mick O’Dea was delighted to accept.

“I am delighted and honored to have been elected as the new President of the RHA and to have the opportunity to continue the great work of our previous Presidents, most recently Des McMahon PPRHA and Stephen McKenna PPRHA. The RHA has a very strong team led by Director, Patrick Murphy. I look forward to working with Patrick, the staff, the crew and our voluntary workers who make sure that the RHA continues to punch way above its weight as an incredible resource and facility. As President, I will strive to ensure that the voice of the Academy is heard and that we are more importantly, seen. The values of tradition and innovation that the Academy stands for enables us to show and support the best of the diverse range of practices that are prevalent at this time. It is my responsibility to ensure that we hold that vision into this period of the early twenty first century. “ Mick O’Dea PRHA

Mick O’Dea – Black & Tan, Trouble, The Split

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Edited by Harry Hutchinson

Design and Production – Atelier; David Smith and Clare Lynch

Texts – Roddy Doyle, Aidan Dunne and Professor Kevin Whelan

Photography – Gillian Buckley and Davey Moor

Printing and Reproduction – MM Artbook Printing & Repro

ISBN 978-0-9560538-4-8

Edition of 750

Published by Kevin Kavanagh (2014) ,€25

The Split | Mick O’Dea | 16.10-15.11 2014

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Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to present The Split by Mick O’Dea. Continuing  the themes explored in Black and Tan (2010) and Trouble (2012), O’Dea has produced large-scale paintings that draw on a wide range of photographic sources.

‘O’Dea shows us the gleam of the boots, the furl of a flag, the cut of a coat, the way the hair falls across a broad brow. These are carefully wrought paintings, worked for a long time to achieve a high degree of finish. In the many groups, each figure is carefully individuated and after we look at a series of these paintings, we feel that we know these men intimately, that we would recognise them across a crowded street by their stance, the way they wear their clothes, their smiles. And always there is the overt presence of violence. Guns and holsters are everywhere: Collins’ bodyguard Joe O’Reilly, has one gloved hand and one bare, the more quickly to reach for the gun in his pocket. The gleaming boots draw the eye, and a homoerotic charge passes through these knowing masculine companies. The artist observes all and reveals all, the quality of the painting opening these lives again, as we experience these men not as cardboard cut-outs, but as fully formed individuals, dense with a vivid particularity, released back from their frozen static photographs into the living stream of history. Their sheer quality forces the observer to engage with them not as abstract and remote figures, but as real people in a real time and place. The masterly attention to establishing the backdrops – leaves on the bushes, the rise and fall of a pavement, the angularity of a bench – situates these men in a fully realised material world, and we admire the classical quality of the painting in these bravura passages.

As we start on ‘a decade of commemorations’, as we as a country engage again with 1916 and the War of Independence, Michael O’Dea has placed us in his debt. This is an artist coming into the full expression of his considerable powers.’
Professor Kevin Whelan, Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Centre Dublin.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kevin Kavanagh has produced a fully illustrated book on the artist, featuring work from The Split (2014), Trouble (2012) and Black and Tan(2010). Mick O’Dea is designed by Atelier David Smith and published by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.

ArtMarket Budapest

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Kevin Kavanagh was this year invited to participate in ArtMarket Budapest, running from 8 – 12 October. The gallery is showing Robert Armstrong, Paul Nugent, Nevan Lahart, Sinead Ni Mhoanaogh, Paul McKinley, Geraldine O’Neill and Tadgh McSweeney in the Millenaris, Budapest.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh

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Imlíne by Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Triskel Christchurch, Cork from 9 October – 1 November 2014.

Imlíne is part of Calling up the Vangard, an exhibition series curated by John P. Quinlan. The exhbition will be opened by Peadar Ó Riada on Thursday 9 October at 6 p.m.

Gallery open Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 5:00pm

Elaine Byrne

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Elaine Byrne

Limerick City Gallery of Art

RAUMPLAN by Elaine Byrne at Limerick City Gallery of Art opens on Thursday 25thSeptember and runs until the 20th November 2014.  The exhibition will be opened by Eamon Maxwell, Director Lismore Castle Arts

RAUMPLAN, meaning space plan or the yet unrealized vision of a space follows on from Byrne’s earlier work RAUM (2013) which questioned the desire to escape an unchanging state of inertia in order to free oneself to live within what might be thought of as a literally utopian “non-space.” RAUM (which won the Arte Laguna Sculpture Prize 2014 at Venice) features objects and photos from a deserted cottage in Askeaton, County Limerick combined with an architectural utopian design from 1924 will also be installed at Limerick City Gallery of Art.

A new large sculpture Endless Resistance will be shown in the Carnegie Room. The sculpture is an investigation into Frederick Kiesler’s (1890-1965) project The Endless House, which calls for a new starting point for domestic architecture which focuses on psychic needs of the dweller. Kiesler worked on his Endless House project for over 40 years but he never managed to build it – it was only ever realised through drawings and models. This house was the culmination of his utopian views of architecture ‘the question is not straight or curved walls but how does one live among these straight or curved walls’.
RAUMPLAN will also feature Walking Sculptures (or perhaps my father was right),four large tree trunks hanging from the ceiling with text burnt into them andFathoming Space, the culmination of a two year scientific experiment working with Mexican engineers from CENART, Mexico City and scientists from National University of Ireland, Maynooth experimenting on the possibility of developing a new cognitive sensory modality of space.

Elaine Byrne is an artist based in Dublin who has exhibited internationally, including most recently New York, Mexico, Hungary and the UK. Many media are applied in her practice – Sculpture, Photography, Installation, Video, Film and Light. She is the recipient of many awards including most recently the Venice Arte Laguna Sculpture Prize 2014 for her work RAUM.  She is represented by Kevin Kavanagh gallery Dublin, and is currently participating in the Whitney Independent Study Programme New York in 2014/15.

Sean Lynch at Carlow Visual

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Sean Lynch
Link and Studio Gallery
12th September – 11th January

Opening reception; 5:30pm Saturday 12th September

VISUAL present a major exhibition by Sean Lynch, Ireland’s representative at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Over the last decade, Lynch’s installations, sculptures and publications have explored the subjective layers of Irish history and offered alternative readings of the influences that shape our society today.

The exhibition includes a new work commissioned by VISUAL and the Local Authority Arts Office; For The Birds is based upon the medieval Irish myth of An Buile Suibhne, or the Frenzy of Sweeney. Cursed to be half-man, half-bird, Sweeney hopped throughout Ireland lamenting his woes in lyrical verse, until he reached a farmhouse in St. Mullins in Co. Carlow where he found a strange form of kindness – each evening he was invited to drink milk out of a bowl of cowdung. In collaboration with sculptor Tom Fitzgerald, Lynch reimagines this scene in the context of Carlow’s contemporary agricultural industry.

An accompanying catalogue designed by Wayne Daly will feature an in-depth essay on Lynch by critic and lecturer Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith.

The Abundance | Margaret Corcoran | 04.09-04.10 2014

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Kevin Kavanagh is pleased to present The Abundance by Margaret Corcoran. This exhibition features new works from her solo show Return to Cythera which was featured earlier this year at The Solstice Arts Centre, Navan.

‘Margaret Corcoran is known for her lively engagement with the western painting tradition. Her 2002 acclaimed exhibition, An Enquiry, pictured her daughter looking at some of the paintings that make up the Milltown bequest in the National  Gallery of Ireland… The paintings in An Enquiry demonstrated that she is a conventionally gifted draughtswoman and painter, absolutely at home with representational method. But the last thing she wanted to do was to create pastiches of neoclassical or romantic paintings. She takes a bravura, tremendously free approach in Return to Cythera,building up densely layered networks of imagery – you have to look at each image closely or you will miss much of what’s going on. Sometimes she’ll work a section of a composition to a polished conventional finish, but she always holds back from creating an overall , seamless illusion. There’s a lightness of touch, a very appealing playfulness. When she veers towards abstraction with, say, expanses of saturated colour or flurries of calligraphic brushwork, it is beautifully judged. The historical material she is dealing with becomes a rich, nutritive mass from which she draws not new stories but –as ever- new versions of old stories.’

Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, May 5, 2014.

Sean Lynch in conversation with Michael Asbury

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Dr Michael Asbury, CCW Reader and TrAIN Research Centre Deputy Director, recorded his recent conversation with artist Sean Lynch, recipient of the TrAIN/Gasworks residency during the summer of 2012. Each year, TrAIN collaborates with Gasworks International Residency Programme to offer a fully funded three month practice-based research fellowship for an artist who is not based in the UK. The residency offers an opportunity for the artist to join the studio environment offered by Gasworks, while also participating in research seminars and discussions at the TrAIN Research Centre. Following his residency Sean held a solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford and is currently living in London whilst preparing for his exhibition at the Venice Biennale, where he will represent Ireland in 2015.

Read the full transcript here

Vanesse Donoso Lopez at RAC

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Roscommon Arts Centre Offsite is pleased to present an installation by Spanish artist Vanessa Donoso López titled Painful Excess of Pleasure as their inaugural Offsite Exhibition in the Long Gallery of King House, Boyle.

Vanessa’s intricately executed installation will transform the Long Gallery space using curios type objects and organic forms created from paper. The immense architecture of the Long Gallery will lend itself to containing and protecting these delicate objects.
The gallery will host a large greenhouse structure, which like so many of Donoso López pieces, acts as a container and a laboratory in which plants can alter and grow. This space invites the audience to walk in and around the objects within, traversing elements of the artist’s “inner psychic reality” and “external reality” and her past and present. The provisionality of the structure and the imperfect domestic objects talk of the balance between being settled and being uprooted. Vanessa Donoso López ‘s work is committed to exploring concepts of transitional phenomena allied to contemporary life, with its cross-cultural identity and narratives, its mutability and intricacy, and its potential for the loss of identity, language, and compatibility with original cultures.

 

 

The Pinking | Ruth E. Lyons | 07.08-30.08 2014

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When the sky is lit up with the pink shades of sunrise or sunset the world is awakened to the signal of day approaching or night falling. But if one had  just awoken and seen the pinking of the sky they could  easily be confused as to what time of the day it was. Giving rise to a temporary disorientation and weightlessness under the sky.  

 Ruth E. Lyons’s work touches on the liminal interlude between the pinking of the sky, the constellations of stars above, the breath and richness of landscapes underfoot and the depths of the earth and underwater below us. She produces aquaculture structures which float against abstract backgrounds providing new islands of reality, architectural shapes which grow from the solid architecture of buildings- looking back on itself as if questioning the function of the origin. Works beckon technology to inform deserted islands or rely on a voice to instruct the viewer to experience the cosmic realm and our virtual selves within it. 

 Within her work attention is drawn to the gravity of the atmosphere; by means of   watercolour paintings which talk of the depths of landscape, the femininity of the pinking of the sky and its profound charge as it unveils the distance and slowness of the earth. A portal is situated in the gallery- a mirrored, refraction of the space between the ceiling and floor, marked out with pink buoys signalling the division between the surface of  the water and the water chamber underneath. 

 What we perceive to know about the breath of the universe, the knowable information from human discoveries is queried by the idea of the unknowable expanses in nature. Ruth E. Lyons suspends us in a weightless wondering of disorientation: an illusory world within the gallery space.

-Aoife Tunney, independent curator.

 

Review by James Merrigan

Elaine Byrne in NYC

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There is a preview of Elaine Byrne’s  newest sculpture “Endless Resistance -a work in progress-” before it is shipped to Ireland on Friday. The large sculpture is influenced by the “Endless House” designs of Federick Kiesler which he made from 1948-1965. It will be finished on site  for a solo exhibition in Limerick City Gallery (September- November 2014 ). Project is funded with the help of the Arts Council of Ireland. 
Thursday 24th, between 6 and 8 pm at 348 Morgan (@ Metropolitian) 
“I would be delighted if you could join me to see it off (so to speak) I won’t be quite cracking a champagne on it to launch it but there will be beer.”
-Elaine Byrne
Elaine will also give a talk at Station Indepenand Projects on 31st July 6:30pm. More information here

Boyle Arts Festival

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Boyle Arts Festival officially opens on Thursday, 24th July at 8.30pm in King House. A number of gallery artists have work in the main exhibition; Paul McKinley, Dermot Seymour, Mick O’Dea, Robert Armstrong, Oliver Commerford, Sonia Shiel, Nevan LaHart, Mark Swords, Stephen Loughman, Margaret Corcoran, Geraldine O’Neil, Paul Nugent, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh and Diana Copperwhite. More info on the BAF can be found here

Sonia Shiel at Fieldworks: Animal Habitats in Contemporary Art

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1 August – 2 November 2014
Lewis Glucksman Gallery
University College Cork

Artists: Adam Chodzko, Petra Feriancova, Petrit Halilaj, Ho Rui An, Jochen Lempert, Flo Maak,
Chris Marker, Wesley Meuris, Ciarán Murphy, Vanessa Safavi, Julia Schmid, Sonia Shiel, and
Ruth van Beek

Curated by Chris Clarke, in partnership with BEES (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences),
University College Cork

Fieldworks is an exhibition of Irish and international contemporary artists whose work explores the
environments inhabited by different species of animals. From remote woodlands to urban locales to
artificial or scientific displays, the study and observation of animals often requires us to experience these
creatures in the wild or through a careful re-creation of their natural dwellings. This exhibition takes a
closer look at such places, offering insight into how animals forage, nest and play and how their
habitats are represented in contemporary art.

Fieldworks Press Release 

Instant Crush | Group Show | 03.07-2.08 2014

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A collection of works celebrating twenty years in business.

Paul Nugent,Sean Lynch, Nevan Lahart, Diana Copperwhite, Elaine Byrne, Sonia Shiel, Tadhg McSweeney, Danny Rolph, Oliver Comerford, Stephen Loughman, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Paul McKinley, Anna Bjerger, Ulrich Vogl, Michael Boran, Mick O’Dea, Robert Armstrong, Mark Swords, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Dermot Seymour, Margaret Corcoran, Amanda Coogan, and Geraldine O’Neill.

Stephen Loughman Publications

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07 December 2007 –  26 January 2008
Galway Arts Centre,Ireland

Text: Hugo Hamilton, Maeve Mulrennan
Design: Neil Gurry
Photography: Vincent Lestienne, Paul McCarthy
Printing & Reproduction: Drukkerij Rosbeek
Edition of 1000
ISBN 978-0-9555164-5-0
Published by Kevin Kavanagh (2007)
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24 February- 25 March 2006
Catalogue design: Neil Gurry
Photography: John Kelly
Printed by The Printed Image, Dublin
Published by Stephen Loughman and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery
ISBN 0-9552525-0-4
 STEPHEN LOUGHMAN DESPERATE OPTIMISTS
Desperate Optimists
Stephen Loughman & Dennis McNulty
25th September- 19th December 2004
Published by the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism
Edited by Valerie connor
Design by Bennis Design, Dublin
Printed by Graham & Heslip, Belfast
ISBN 0-7557-1946-8

 

Sean Lynch Publications

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A Preliminary Sketch for the Reappearance of HyBrazil

Sean Lynch 2007

Text and Photographs: Sean Lynch

Conversation: Matt Packer

Editorial Assistance: Michele Horrigan, Pippa Little

Additional Photography: Carl Doran, Ben Geoghegan

Design: Littleseal

Printing: Hudson Killeen, Dublin

ISBN 978-0-9558630-3-5

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The Stuccowork of Pat McAuliffe of Listowel 

Sean Lynch

Published by Siama Tire and Sean Lynch

November 2008- January 2009

ISBN 978-0-9558630-2-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sean Lynch

Published by Limerick City Gallery of Art

2 February- 18 March, 2007

Catalogue Design: Richard Meade

Printers: Nicholson and Bass

Edition 500

ISBN 978-0-9553668-1-9

 

 

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Yesterday’s Papers

Compiled and Edited by Sean Lynch 2008

Layout and Design: Little    Seal Studio

ISBN 978-0-9558630-0-4

 

 

VOLTA10 | Basel | 2014

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Mark Swords, Paul McKinley, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Robert Armstrong.

VOLTA10 Basel Catalogue

Kevin Kavanagh will present a unique show featuring four Irish contemporary painters with work focusing on landscape, architecture, object orientated philosophy and theology.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh b. 1977, Contours at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, Farmleigh (forthcoming), Paintings, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Paintings Highlane’s Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, Paintings, The Living Room Gallery, New York, Selective Perspectives, Kevin Kavanagh, Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.  Mark Swords, b.1977, Hinterlands, Kevin Kavanagh, Flying crooked, Kevin Kavanagh,  Mark Swords, John Martin Gallery, London, Mark Swords, Ashford Gallery, RHA Gallery, Dublin, I won’t say I will see you tomorrow, Mermaid, Wicklow, Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Making Familiar, TBG+S Dublin, Painting Now, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam.  Paul McKinley, b.1973, RHA Gallery, Dublin, Operation Turquoise, Kevin Kavanagh, Palisade, Third Space Gallery, Belfast, CANADA, Kevin KavanaghFarewell Chestnut Avenue, Nissan Art Project, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, So long and thanks for all the snow, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, 6th Annual Art Salon, Matt Roberts Gallery, London, UK, Interlude,The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.  Robert Armstrong, b .1953, Assumptions, Kevin Kavanagh, New Connections, Red Rua, Dublin, The Horse Show, Kinsale Arts Festival.

Instant Crush

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Opening reception Thursday July 3, 6pm.

Exhibition continues from July 4 until August 2, 2014.

A collection of works celebrating twenty years in business.

Paul Nugent,Sean Lynch, Nevan Lahart, Diana Copperwhite, Elaine Byrne, Sonia Shiel, Tadhg McSweeney, Danny Rolph, Oliver Comerford, Stephen Loughman, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Paul McKinley, Anna Bjerger, Ulrich Vogl, Michael Boran, Mick O’Dea, Robert Armstrong, Mark Swords, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Dermot Seymour, Amanda Coogan, and Geraldine O’Neill.

Chancery Lane

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CHANCERY LANE
An Exhibition to Mark the 15th
Anniversary of
Dunamaise Arts Centre

Featuring recent work by a selection of artists from Kevin Kavanagh Gallery including Sean Lynch (recently selected
to represent Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition – The Venice Biennale 2015—which has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world); Vanessa Donoso Lopez and Tadhg McSweeney as well as a selection of works by
artists from Kevin Kavanagh Gallery including Nevan Lahart, Paul McKinley, Michael Boran, Ulrich Vogl, Mick O’Dea, Diana Copperwhite, Elaine Byrne, Robert Armstrong, Geraldine O’Neill, Dermot Seymour, Sinead Ní Mhaonaigh and Stephen Loughman.

Dunamaise Arts Centre’s Gallery has hosted exhibitions by Irish and international artists and organisations from the length and breadth of the country as well as further afield since its opening in 1999. A landmark event was the exhibition and auction, held in 2003, in memory of Noreen O’Hare, who had been a board member at Dunamaise. Over €75,000 was raised in aid of the Cancer
unit at St James’ Hospital in Dublin. Also counted among the highlights were exhibitions by artists such as Bernadette Madden, Micky Donnelly, Mick O’Dea, Tom Molloy, Una Sealy and Conor Walton as well as German arist Ulrich Vogl on their exhibitions at Dunamaise. As well as the programme of solo shows, the end of year show by art students at the local Abbeyleix Further Education Centre and the arts centre’s own Open Submission, has become a favourite fixture in the annual calendar. There have also been collaborations with the OPW, UTV, Portlaoise Camera Club and with Portlaoise Prison.

Kevin Kavanagh is one of the Ireland’s leading galleries showing Irish and international contemporary art. In 2008 the gallery moved to a 135m² space on Chancery Lane designed by architect Philip Crowe of MCO Projects. It represents both established and emerging artists from Ireland and abroad. The gallery’s annual programme consists of 8/9 solo and 1 curated group show as well as special events, screenings, performances, artists talks and participation at international art fairs.The gallery has published over 30 books on art.

The exhibition is organised by Kevin Kavanagh to mark the 15th Anniversary of Dunamaise Arts Centre and continues until Friday 1st
August.

 

Picture Above: Tadhg McSweeney, Untitled, Mixed media dimensions variable, 2013

Roxana Manouchehri- Enigma

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textImages and Design –Roxana Manouchehri and Denis Mortell
Text and Poems – Caoimhim Mac Giolla Leith
Printing and Reproduction – Tony Waddingham
Edition: 400 Copies
ISBN 978-0-9560538-3-1
Published by Kevin Kavanagh (2013)

VOLTA10 Basel

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Window size 2014

Booth A6
Mark Swords, Paul McKinley, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh & Robert Armstrong.

Kevin Kavanagh will present a unique show featuring four Irish contemporary painters with work focusing on landscape, architecture, object orientated philosophy and theology.

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh b. 1977, Contours at Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, Farmleigh (forthcoming), Paintings, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, Paintings Highlane’s Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, Paintings, The Living Room Gallery, New York, Selective Perspectives, Kevin Kavanagh, Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.  Mark Swords, b.1977, Hinterlands, Kevin Kavanagh, Flying crooked, Kevin Kavanagh,  Mark Swords, John Martin Gallery, London, Mark Swords, Ashford Gallery, RHA Gallery, Dublin, I won’t say I will see you tomorrow, Mermaid, Wicklow, Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Making Familiar, TBG+S Dublin, Painting Now, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam.  Paul McKinley, b.1973, RHA Gallery, Dublin, Operation Turquoise, Kevin Kavanagh, Palisade, Third Space Gallery, Belfast, CANADA, Kevin KavanaghFarewell Chestnut Avenue, Nissan Art Project, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, So long and thanks for all the snow, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast, 6th Annual Art Salon, Matt Roberts Gallery, London, UK, Interlude,The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.  Robert Armstrong, b .1953, Assumptions, Kevin Kavanagh, New Connections, Red Rua, Dublin, The Horse Show, Kinsale Arts Festival. 

Inside the Palace | Diana Copperwhite & Danny Rolph | 06.06-05.07 2014

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Diana Copperwhite’s work focuses on how the human psyche understands information and looks at the mechanisms of how we formulate what is real. Copperwhite’s canvases become worlds in which the real is unreal and this unreality is in a constant state of reforming. She works with a layering of fragmented sources which find their pictorial form somewhere between the ephemeral, abstracted interpretation of science, images from the media and popular culture and physical sensations from personal memory.

Danny Rolph also works with layering but his method is with the material of canvas and multi-layered sheets of Tripewall plastic. Within his work there are associations with motion, velocity, pop culture and design. His recent paintings on show at Kevin Kavanagh gallery are inspired by the colours of West Texan skies and a twisted relationship with visual modernism, populating the surface with shapes that are sharp, delicate, irregular and emotive. The spirit of inquiry is, as ever, generous, instinctive and overtly pictorial.
Diana Copperwhite (b. 1969, Ireland).  In 2012 she completed an artist’s residency at the Josef Albers Foundation Connecticut, USA. She  was a finalist in the Guasch Coranty Fundacio Painting Prize, Centre Cultural Metropolita Tecia Sala, Barcelona (2008) and was winner of the AIB Art Prize (2007). Recent shows include; Re-framing Domestic Irish Art, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Droheda,  Loose Ends, 532 Gallery, Thomas Jaeckel, New York, 2013, Diana Copperwhite solo presentation, Volta NY, New York (2013), Into the Light: The Arts Council of Ireland, Crawford Gallery, Cork (2012), Diana Copperwhite, Anna Bjerger and Oliver Comerford,  Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2012), Making Familiar; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2012), The Mind was Dreamingthe world was its Dream, Diana Copperwhite, Michael Kalmbach & Hiraki Sawa, Solstice Art Centre, Navan (2012), An Island from the day beforeKevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2011).  Her work is included in the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and The Arts Council of Ireland.

Danny Rolph (b. 1967,UK).  He has an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art graduating in 1993. He has had numerous solo shows across the world and is included in major collections including the Metroplitan Museum of Art, New York and the Tate Gallery. Last year he had a solo show at the prestigious public gallery at  E.S.A.D. Valence.  Rolph is currently represented by Barbara Davis Gallery in the U.S. where he has his fifth solo show in October 2014. He’s a visiting tutor at various art schools in the UK including the Royal Academy schools, Royal College of Art, University of the Creative Arts and Bucks New University where he was appointed professor of Fine Art in 2009. 

Short Film on Danny by RAI Uno