Selective Perspectives: Robert Armstrong | Christine Frerichs | Paul Housley | Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh | Aliza Nisenbaum | Danny Rolph | Sonia Shiel

30 May - 27 June 2013

Robert Armstrong(b. 1953) Lives and works in Dublin.“Armstrong’s paintings re-order the fragments of a disorientated image culture. They attempt to penetrate through multiple layers of appearance, offering an incidental practice of looking in which, as T.J. Clark proposes in relation to Poussin, the image, “breaks up, recystallizes, fragments again, persists like an after image”. ”- Declan Long, Robert Armstrong: Afterimages (2007)

Robert Armstrong is head of Painting at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and is a Founder Member of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin. Recent shows include Building Sights, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2010), Blimp on the Horizon, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2009), Winter Salon, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2008) and Afterimages, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2007).

Christine Frerichs  (b. 1979) lives and works in Los Angeles. Represented by gallerykm, Los Angeles, U.S.A

‘Christine Frerichs is a painter whose work utilizes an individualized language of colour, form and material to recall and address past experience, and to offer viewers access to the loss, pleasure, vulnerability and humour available in personal memory.’


Christine Frerichs  received her M.F.A. from U.C. Riverside in 2009 and is currently Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design and Adjunct Faculty at East Los Angeles College.

 Solo shows include; Christine Frerichs, gallery km, VOLTA NY, New York City (2013), Christine Frerichs, gallery km, Santa Monica, CA (2013) and On Recognition, Kaycee Olsen Gallery, Culver City, CA (2010).

Group shows include; Line Dancing, Curated by Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki, 5790projects, Los Angeles, CA (2012), Painting. Design. Speculation. Generosity, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Seasonal Pictures, ACME, Los Angeles, CA (2009).


Paul Housley  (b. 1964) lives and works in London.

Paul Housleygraduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. He was awarded a residency at  ArtOmi, Ghent, NY 2013, a Space for 10 Residency, London Print Studio 2007-2008, Durham Cathedral Residency 2004-2005 and was awarded the Evelyn Williams Trust Drawing Fellow in 1998.

Recent solo shows include; Gentleman Abroad, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2013), England Sleeps, Poppy Sebire, London (2012), Mudpusher Blues, ZieherSmith, New York (2011) and A Yellow Bird at Night, Peter Bergman ALP Gallery, Stockholm (2011). Recent group shows include; Bianca feat. Mars, Galleria Bianca, Palermo, Italy (2013), See Through, Belmacz Gallery, London (2012), Breadbox, ZieherSmith at the ICON, Nashville, TN (2012), Ever Since I Put Your Picture In A Frame, curated by Merlin James, Glasgow International (2012) and Keep Floors and Passage Clear, curated by Tom Godfrey, White Columns, New York (2011).


Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh (b. 1977) lives and works in Bray, Co. Wicklow.  ‘The seductive attraction of the painting lies in their extrovertly taciturn quality, and by the way in which the gutsy, even aggressive application of colour is countered by the sensitive, even delicately tentative, scoring of the paint in all its precise and potent hues.’- Pádric E. Moore, (2010)

Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh was shortlisted for the AIB Prize in 2009 and was selected for Futures at the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, curated by Patrick T. Murphy and Ruth Carroll in that same year. In 2010, she won the Hennessy Criag  Scholarship at the RHA. 

Recent solo shows include, Eatramh, Kevin Kavanagh (2012), Paintings, Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo (2012), Paintings, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, (2011). Group shows include, Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, UNBUILDING, the Mermaid Arts Centre (2010), Futures, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin(2009). 


Aliza Nisenbaum  (b. 1977, Mexico City) lives and works in New York.

Aliza Nisenbaum received her MFA and BFA degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann NYC award in 2012, The New Museum Altoids Award for Emerging Artists, New York, 2008 and was awarded the Trustee Merit Scholarship for the Department of Painting and Drawing, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2004.


Nisenbaum’s exhibitions include;Holly Coulis and Aliza Nisenbaum, Susanne Hilberry gallery, Detroit, MI (2013),We Remembered, We Anticipated a Peacock and We Find a Peony, Patricia Treib and Aliza Nisenbaum, Golden gallery, NYC (2011) and Aliza Nisenbaum New Paintings, Julius Caesar, Chicago (2011). Group shows include; The Secret Life of Plants, School of Art and  Architecture, Princeton University (2013),  XV Rufino Tamayo Painting Biennial, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City(2012) and Why did the chicken cross the road? , Original Jokes about the Suburban and the Poor Farm by the artists who have exhibited there, Green Gallery, Yale School of Art (2011). 


Danny Rolph  (b. 1967) lives and works London.

Danny Rolphgraduated with an MA Painting from the Royal College of Art. He was an Abbey Scholar at the British School in Rome, and is a visiting Professor in Fine Art, Bucks New University.


Recent solo shows include; 'ESAD atelier', ESAD, Grenoble, Valence, France (2013), Duke of Burgundy, Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, USA (2012), and Kissing balloons in the jungle, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London(2012).Group shows include Double Vision, Lion & Lamb Gallery, London (2012), Pencil and Paper, Poppy Sebire Gallery, London (2011), Caveau, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan, Italy(2012) and London/Berlin, Galerie Fruehsorge, Berlin, Germany (2011).

His work is represented in both private and public collections, including; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Tate Gallery, London, British Consulate, Rome and Goldman Sachs.


Sonia Shiel  (b.1975) lives and works in Dublin.

Sonia Shiel’s work pitches mankind’s aspirations for a better world against their odds and exacerbates the bedfellow subjects, inherently human and unpitying, that go into making one. Within that, it explores its own artifice and the propensity of ‘art’ to be effective in the real world. Influenced by myth; economic, social and art history; horror and fantasy; moral and political philosophy and propagandist pulp; her installations are composed of individual paintings and sculptures, including videos and animated sculptures that share overarching narratives and the central materiality of paint.

Sonia Shielgraduated with a BA Fine Art from NCAD and a MA Visual Art Practice from IADT. She was awarded a Firestation Residency Award for 2013, and has taken part in residencies in Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Finland and Canada. She has been awarded an IMMA Residency for 2014.


Recent Solo Shows include; Man with a Fabelous Tail, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, (2012), The Human Race, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin, Ireland (2012), Gone to Heaven, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France (2011) and The End of The World in Pictures, KULTURBUNKER, Frankfurt, Germany (2012). Group shows include Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2012),Up The Walls, The Model, Sligo,Ireland(2012) and AIR- Optimism by Degrees, Atelier Frankfurt, Germany (2011).