Katherine Boucher Beug
Michael Quane RHA
Patrick T. Murphy
"Carey Clarke PPRHA. A Retrospective" is an exhibition of over 100 works, by the well known and established painter and Past President of the RHA. "The Horse Show" features Irish and international artists, curated by Patrick T. Murphy. "Corban Walker, Please Adjust" presents two works from the Irish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Art Biennale. The new drawings by Alan Daly in "Primary Sources" mark the final stage in a chronicle started in 2006. Three recent and diverse paintings by RHA Past President, Stephen McKenna PPRHA will be on show in the RHA Foyer.
Carey Clarke PPRHA
Gallery I & Dr. Tony Ryan
Jan 13- Feb 26
The New Year will see RHA Gallery I and the Dr. Tony Ryan Gallery reopen with Carey Clarke PPRHA, A Retrospective, an exhibition of over 100 works, by the well known and established painter and Past President of the RHA, spanning a 50 year career.
Carey has produced a remarkable body of work that is of the best of the European classical tradition, in portraiture, still life, landscape and interiors, and Irish in his commitment to the landscape of his native place – making him the continuum, of Osborne, Orpen and Keating, Hennessy and McGonigal, but by association Sargent, Ingres and Poussin, and right back to Giotto and the formal beginnings of a realistic language of representation.
Full article, Carey Clarke – A Tribute by James Hanley RHA published in exhibition catalogue.
The Horse Show
Galleries II & III
Jan 13- Feb 26
curated by Patrick T. Murphy
The Horse Show, what do contemporary artists make of the horse? Many say horses are one of the most difficult of subjects, because it is so easy to over- sentimentalise, although in this exhibition, which features Irish and international artists Robert Armstrong, Katherine Boucher Beug, John Byrne, David Chancellor, Peter Curling, Conor Fallon, Anita Groener, Tim Flach, Maïder Fortuné, Nevan Lahart, Paddy Lennon, Nick Miller, Janet Mullarney, Perry Ogden, Michael Quane RHA, Simon Reilly, Dermot Seymour, Max Streicher and Hazel Walker, the results are anything but sentimental.
The Horse Show premiered at Kinsale Art Week, 2011 and is curated by Patrick T. Murphy, RHA Director and Gemma Tipton, writer, curator and journalist.
Jan 13-April 22
Corban Walker, Please Adjust, This exhibition features two works from the Irish Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Art Biennale. Walker is known for his sculptures and installations relating to architectural scale and spatial perception and utilising industrial materials like steel, aluminium, and glass. At the height of four-feet tall, the artist’s personal relationship between self and the built environment is fundamental to the way he defines and develops his work.
The works at the Pavilion interacted with the historic architecture of the Pietà and were all, in some way, transparent. Two of the works consisted of vinyl ‘drawings’ mapped onto the front and back windows of the space according to mathematic modulars. A third sculpture made of 176 interlocking stainless steel cubes filled the interior. The openramed cubes were interlocked to build a seemingly fragile structure that could support itself but can be built or altered by anyone—though one alteration could destroy the existing configuration and create a new one.
For the exhibition at the RHA, Walker will re-imagine two of the works from the Venice Biennale, which will respond directly to the architecture of the RHA, thus giving Irish viewers a unique experience of these works. The exhibition will tour to Lismore Castle Arts, Co Waterford from June to August 2012.
Ireland at Venice: tour in Ireland supported by the Arts Council in partnership with Culture Ireland.
RHA Ashford Gallery
Jan 13-April 22
Alan Daly, Primary Sources. Intimate, casual, direct and personal, Alan Daly’s new drawings mark the final stage in a chronicle started in 2006. The project began from a desire to draw from observation using humble materials of charcoal and paper. Sitters for the portraits are recruited from acquaintances, friends and family members. The levels of intimacy and familiarity in the one-to-one encounter contribute to the process. Closeness and distance can be detected from the positioning and scale in pictorial space. Sittings are completed in one session lasting two hours. Direct contact with the subject is essential. The drawings survive as evidence of the encounter. White space dominates the surface giving small details and expressions an intense concentration. The viewer's focus shifts over time as they discover the various marks that are embedded in the drawing, re-enacting the gaze of the artist. The drawings rely predominately on an intuitive response. Daly is interested in awkwardness and imperfection.
Stephen McKenna PPRHA
Jan 13-April 22
Three recent and diverse paintings by RHA Past President, Stephen McKenna PPRHA will be on show in the RHA Foyer.
While McKenna has lived and worked in various countries since the 1960s, he has for the past decade divided his time between Ireland and Italy. A painter impervious to changing art fashions his work nonetheless achieved particular international prominence during the 80s as part of the neo-classical strain of painterly postmodernism. Yet for McKenna classicism is more a question of attitude than of subject matter. Overt pictorial references to classical antiquity gave way during the 1990s to a sophisticated exploration of the enduring value of the time-honoured genres of the still life, the interior, the landscape and the seascape.
Image: Carey Clarke PPRHA, The Way In, 2005/8, Oil on canvas, 77 x 102 cm, Image courtesy of the artist
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