Surrendering 'the self' to the sensory elements of colour, form and sound is at the core of Aisling Conroy’s work. Conroy uses the duality of dark and light, with positive and negative space; in her painting, installation and sound work. In her current practice she creates abstractions of various models of modernism, architecture, monuments, sacred art and iconism in ritualistic manifestations.
Read a review by Des Kenny ... here ...
Animation to Murmuration
Birds (especially crows and starlings) continue to feature largely in Sheridan's work. He is concerned with the social behaviour, flight dynamics and subliminal 'brushstroke' patterns of birds in flight. His images often mirror human group dynamics, modes of communication and social interactions.
MORE ... Read an interview with the artist Vincent Sheridan on our Blog ... here ...
MORE ... An Irishwoman's Diary ... Arminta Wallace talks to Vincent Sheridan ... here ...
MORE ... Read Marianne Hartigan's Opening Night Speech ... here ...
MORE ... Read a review by Artist Des Kenny ... here ...
MORE ... Enjoy snippets from the video piece Murmuration ... here and here ...
Dreamweavers Storyhoops Exhibition
DREAMWEAVER's STORYHOOPS is a project about life stories told through the use of a hula hoop and weaving fabric.
Draíocht has worked with 71, 6th class students from 3 local schools in Dublin 15; Ladyswell National School, Castleknock Educate Together & St. Philip Senior National School. This innovative project facilitated by textile artist Gina Faustino, focused on showing/telling each child's individual story in a very unique visual manner - with the use of a hula hoop and fabric!
VIDEO: See the finished work installed in our Gallery ... here ...
A Piano in the Kitchen and other stories
Una Sealy’s work is based on domestic interiors, streetscape, landscape and portraiture. She paints from observation and often the compositions evolve organically, with elements appearing and disappearing before the final arrangement is arrived at. The works form a kind of visual autobiography. As well as the paintings, there will be studies and life drawings exhibited, which show the background of her practice.
READ A REVIEW BY DES KENNY ...
"Sealy's work offers a clear cut argument for the joy of looking and the enduring satisfaction of painting what you see." Cristín Leach Hughes, The Sunday Times
"... we are glimpsing single instants in life stories that contain darkness as well as light." Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times
Transient is a new series of oil paintings by John O'Reilly exploring Dublin's urban landscapes.
John O’Reilly will also be Artist in Residence in Draíocht’s Artists Studio from July to December 2012.
Read a review by Des Kenny here ...
not sorry is an intimate portrait of the Irish teenager and young adult. At a time when almost everything is on display, unrestricted disclosure is the norm and affected social networking profiles are updated daily on Facebook, not sorry literally goes behind closed doors into the private territory of the bedroom and seeks to expose the genuine individual beneath the public persona.
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MORE ... D15 Youth Theatre ... Jump Photos
Poised, elegant and sophisticated; Keehan’s depiction of the nude harmonises the academic tradition with gentle intimacy. Through the medium of Indian ink on paper, she gives a fluid lightness to the subject. Controlled and deliberate brush marks are juxtaposed beside happy instances of drips and bleeds, with watermarks giving life and movement to the subjects.
Enjoy an artist interview with Allyson Keehan ... here ...
And a video interview with Allyson Keehan ... here ...
After The Great Scaldwood
After The Great Scaldwood developed out of a yearlong residency at Draίocht.
Central to Byrne’s work is an exploration of the past in terms of former histories of current sites. Byrne has focussed on two sites in particular, the Blanchardstown centre where Draίocht is located and the Dunsink Observatory, 5 kilometres away. Through research and site visits, Byrne uncovered aspects of the location’s history in the 17th century which revealed The Great Scaldwood. This ancient forest stretched from the river Tolka to beyond Coolmine and was inhabited by wild boar and wolves until an extensive wolf cull made the wolf population in Ireland extinct.
Read Des Kenny's chat with Deirdre here ...
Born in London, Cathy Henderson grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to Paris and then to Dublin to study at NCAD from where she graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in 1993. She has since exhibited in the UK, Ireland, France and Canada.
This current body of work was made over the last two or three years all around the Irish coast. “The most dynamic and resilient influence on my landscape work is the place where land meets the sea. My aim with these pictures is to capture the transience of the coastal view, the sense of shifting skies and the constantly fluctuating mood of weather.” Cathy Henderson
View Exhibition Video here ...
Dave West was born in Penclawdd, South Wales and grew up in Swansea City. He graduated from the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and is now settled in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. This new body of work has been in progress for the past three years and has progressed to an investigation into the relationships between place, atmosphere, light and the moods or feelings they can evoke.
View Exhibition Video here ...
Selected Works to Date
“This body of work has been inspired by my ongoing exploration of physical, psychological and poetic space. I am interested in the delicate point where man and the natural world co-exist or in some cases collide. I strive to create places for poetic possibility, a space where time can be suspended, I extend to the onlooker a glimpse of intricate private worlds. Each narrative creates a dialogue between these internal and external conflicting worlds, thus providing a place to dream.” Caroline Donohue
Read Des Kenny's Exhibition Launch Speech here ...
Amharc Fhine Gall VIII
Unknown Knowns - Recent Art Graduates from Fingal / Andrew Carson, Sally-Anne Kelly and Lisa Shaughnessy
Fingal Arts Office is delighted to showcase recent local art college graduates with its annual exhibition opportunity Amharc Fhine Gall. The show seeks to increase the profile of emerging Fingal artists by giving them the chance to show in a professional, contemporary art space. It may be their first major show but with the professional presentation of their work and accompanying catalogue we hope it is the first of many. The opportunity also extends to the emerging curator who will work with the graduate(s) to create a suitable context to show this work to a wider local and contemporary art audience.
Curated by Ailve McCormack
Read Andrew Carson's Blog Interview here
Read Sally-Anne Kelly's Blog Interview here
Read Lisa Shaughnessy's Blog Interview here
Interpreting the word ‘invisible’, a word commonly used by older people about their place in society, is the basis of this body of work, which was carried out during Garvan’s 15-month residency at Draíocht.
Visit Garvan's Blog for more ...
Download the Exhibition Catalogue here ...
Past and Present
New Work - Ground Floor Gallery
Retrospective - First Floor Gallery
Draíocht is delighted to welcome Dublin 15 based artist Desmond Kenny to both the Ground & First Floor Galleries in the summer of 2011. Kenny has had an active relationship with Draíocht since we first opened our doors 10 years ago, holding a solo show in June of 2001. This will be the first major solo exhibition of Kenny’s new departure into abstract painting. A retrospective of Kenny’s earlier figurative work will run concurrently in the First Floor Gallery.
See more of Des's work on his YouTube site ...
O'Machine O' Machine / The Measure / Fingal County Council Public Art Commission
In 2008 Fingal County Council commissioned Brian Duggan as part of their ongoing public art programme. Brian explored several aspects of Fingal with this film 'The Measure' and accompanying book.
Wann’s work is specifically drawing-based and juxtaposes arbitrary or transient images of cleared landscape, with more thought provoking depictions of the dereliction of habitation. The work is as much about a process of mark-making as it is about representing a seemingly neglected landscape.
Artist Interview ... here ...
Intergenerational Photography Project & Exhibition
Earliest Memories Through a Pinhole Camera
Draíocht is delighted to host this exhibition of photography created by the participants of Draíocht’s Intergenerational Project, who have been working steadily since November 2010 with Draíocht’s artist in residence Garvan Gallagher.
This photography-based project involves both transition year students from a number of second level schools and older residents (retired or 65yrs+) of the Dublin 15 area. It aims to provide interested students and older members of the community with an opportunity to learn about photography in a hands-on way in a creative environment.
Download the Exhibition Catalogue here ...
MORE ... Welcome to Garvan Gallagher ...
MORE ... Enjoy our Blog about Garvan's Residency coming to an end ...
In association with Graphic Studio Dublin
Graphic Studio Dublin rounds off its 50th Anniversary with a Members’ Exhibition on the theme of ‘Home’.
35 Participating Artists:
Ms. Yoko Akino / Ms. Maureen Buckley / Mr. Gerard Cox / Ms. Gráinne Cuffe / Louise Farrelly / Dr. Paul Fitters / Ms. Niamh Flanagan / Ms. Mary Grey / Ms. Nickie Hayden / Ms. Clare Henderson / Ms. Siobhan Hyde / Ms. Lilian Ingram / Mr. Desmond Kenny / Mr. Stephen Lawlor / Ms. Maev Lenaghan / Ms. Louise Leonard / Ms. Pamela Leonard / Daniel Lipstein / Ms. Niamh McGuinne / Ms. Margo McNulty / Ms. Susan Morley / Merijean Morrissey / Ms. Eilis Murphy / Ms. Deirdre Nolan / Ciara O'Hara / Ms. Geraldine O'Reilly / Ms. Caroline Patten / Ms. Sarah Rogers / Mr. Robert Russell / Mr. Joe Ryan / Ms. Adrienne Symes / Ms. Elke Thönnes / Mr. Michael Timmins / Ms. Margaret Tuffy / Ms. Marta Wakula-Mac