Saturday, 5 September 2015

New Solo Exhibition - 'Beneath the Dock Leaf'

I have a new solo exhibition opening this Tuesday (September, 8th) at the Hyde Bridge Gallery in Sligo. The show will be an expansion of my MFA show and is a continuation of the superstition and folklore focus while hinting at some of the new characters to be introduced.It opens at 6pm on Tuesday and runs through Culture Night until the 19th of September. The work in this show is relatively small scale, at the moment I'm unsure of how many works will be on show, I'm looking to hand between 10 and 12. While at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre I was talking to the director and he used to be director of the Hyde Bridge Gallery. He was saying 10 paintings would fill it and I do like a decent amount of space around each work. 

 Half in the World of Form, Oil on Canvas, 2015

The title, Beneath the Dock Leaf , is a reference to the writings of Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde. In her book Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland, Wilde tells of leprechauns being seen at work under dock leaves. However the fact that not so many people believes in these fairy folk anymore means that they are effectively unemployed and I wanted something to resemble the saying of "behind closed doors" as a title for these figures of superstition that gave way to a world of science and rationality

The New Baal Fires, Oil on Canvas, 2015  

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