Cléa van der Grijn
Feb 2nd, 2012 To Feb 25th, 2012
Cléa van der Grijn is a highly regarded contemporary Irish artist. She has employed various mediums, including site specific installations, film, large format photography, collaborative projects, drawing and painting. Cléa has mounted over 20 solo shows nationally and internationally. Chance, van der Grijn’s most recent body of work, opens up a gateway to the world of the unseen, exploring the state of being with work that hints at something to be discovered beyond the experience of the rational. Drawing inspiration from the Sligo landscape and her imagination, van der Grijn’s images reconnect to a wonder discovered in the extraordinary every day.
Mar 1st, 2012 To Mar 31st, 2012
Michael Wann observes the remnants of lost moments, of obscured or discarded memories, of unconscious arbitrary events found in a local landscape: a pile of sticks in a field, a derelict habitat, a forgotten or neglected interior.
As a draughtsman Wann allows the flawed elements of mark-making, the drip and smudge and simple dirt of his medium, to form an intrinsic part of the process, giving each finished work honesty and a narrative that adds layers to the subject.
Michael lives and works in North Sligo. He is a regular contributor to the RHA Annual Exhibition, where in 2006 he was awarded the AXA Insurance Drawing Prize. In 2010 he won the Royal Ulster Academy’s Drawing Award and the Rowel Friers Perpetual Trophy. More recently he has exhibited as a solo artist with the Cross Gallery, Dublin
Apr 5th, 2012 To Apr 28th, 2012
"Over the last number of years my work has been loosely based on the theme 'Art and Extinction' and more recently the 'Shark Series' which relates to this broader theme. The work is characterized by and generally associated with my own ideas about art and extinction. The nature of this work has been a series of ongoing oil sketches developed into bigger and more significant aspects of these studies in larger canvas and/ or board, using oil as the main medium. To date this has taken on a motif, that of a tope or a shark, a homage to the European natura morta tradition with a twist on the Pieta.
The genesis of these works lie in a protracted period of time print-making, particularly etching and lithography, with its tonal nuances .The intaglio , mezzotint, carborundum experience gave me a new insight into the possibilities of elaborating these visual sensations but this time using this accumulated knowledge of the etching surface in muted tonal painting. This is the approach applied to the 'Shark series' above with a whole new set of possibilities in painting." - Diarmuid Delargy
A member of Aosdana, The Royal Society of Painter/Printmakers and the Royal Ulster Academy, Delargy is listed in the Dictionary of Living Irish Artists (2010) compiled by Robert O’Byrne.
From May 3rd, 2012To Jun 2nd, 2012
Over the last 30 years Vivienne Roche has worked in large-scale bronze, glass, steel, sailcloth, stuccodore plaster, and reconfigured landscape. Drawing, watercolour and photography have also been central to her work. Her artistic themes derive from site-specific dialogues between architecture and sculpture, the emotional resonances of the coastal landscape in which she lives, relationships between male and female, archaeology sites and their artifacts, and between music and the visual. Light has been a central focus as is evidenced in recent work.
Jun 7th, 2012 To Jun 30th, 2012
Mary Lohan’s landscapes are based on locations along the Irish coastline. From the shore, the sea is fascinating, hypnotic. It’s vast and empty, and yet what you’re looking at is never still. And the light: ever-changing beautiful, frightening, charged with “the silence of those infinite spaces” that so disturbed Pascal.
Then there’s the shore. A rocky headland, or close up sand and stone, soil and fields besieged by the sea, by wind and rain and time. When you paint, you try to capture a glimpse of all this: the scale and the depth, the feeling of land set against sea, the constant state of flux and, mostly, the colour of the light.
Jun 13th, 2012 To Jun 23rd, 2012
Artist Yoko Akino has been specially commissioned to create new works for the exhibition The Japanese Connection’ which takes place in the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. W.B. Yeats was inspired by Japanese Noh theatre and the cultural influence comes full circle as Yoko uses imagery from his poetry for her inspiration. The Japanese Connection’will be opened by His Excellency Ambassador Atsumi.
"The invitation to make my own art in response to the poetry of WB Yeats meant that I read poems that I had not read before. I was impressed by their natural spirituality. I was also inspired by how Yeats found beauty in sorrow, whether of the mind or the heart. The former was the inspiration behind my print relating to The Coming Of Wisdom With Time and the latter for the prints that came from He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven and Down By The Salley Gardens. In truth the mind and heart are never separate in life and Yeats expresses his deep understanding of this in He Gives His Beloved Certain Rhymes which was the starting point for another print. I chose several lines from the Cat and the Moon. I have always been inspired by the mysterious minds of cats and the sacred qualities of the moon. In these prints I have tried to reflect how the poem brings together these two hidden and enticing worlds. I am grateful for this opportunity, as reading Yeat's poetry has given me new experiences and opened new worlds of the imagination, which I have tried to express in this exhibition." - Yoko Akino
Jul 5th, 2012 To Sep 1st, 2012
Hamilton Gallery is delighted to host this invitational group exhibition featuring four of Ireland’s foremost artists. Barrie Cooke, David Crone, Bernadette Kiely and Paul Mosse, are central to the recognition of contemporary Irish art throughout the national and international visual arts world over the last 30 years. Individually they are represented in many of the most prominent art collections at home and abroad, having exhibited in the finest art galleries in Europe and the US.
Sep 6th, 2012 To Oct 27th, 2012
Tom Climent’s paintings focus on the creation of space, investigating the boundaries between abstraction and representation, using spatial structures to make this quality solid and physical. These exist in a field of tension between the artistic vision of abstraction and the physical world of representation . A recipient of the Tony O’Malley and Victor Treacey award, his work is found in numerous public and private co l l e c t i o n s throughout Ireland and abroad.
Bettina Seitz stylizes the human form in white stone composite, aluminium and bronze. Seitz's sculptures concentrate on presence. Her figures are presented standing or seated, alone or in couples and are poised to evoke a sense of stillness and calm. Known particularly for her large scale works for public spaces and private gardens, her sculptures are exhibited and collected internationally. Recent shows include exhibitions at Belgravia Gallery, London and Art House Project, Boston.
Clement Mc Aleer
Nov 1st, 2012 To Dec 8th, 2012
The focus of Clement McAleer’s paintings, primarily landscape; not the particularities of place, but rather the restless, shifting aspects of nature where cloud or water, land or sea transforms themselves atmospherically, one into another. The Irish coast is a dominate source and the memory of it lurks everywhere in the studio. Travels in Europe have inspired a new body of work particularly in the series of railway paintings from Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, where a stronger emphasis on structure again entered the work. Sometimes a visible grid is created and then submerged, abstracting each painting, serving also to release it slowly as the sense of ‘being there’ establishes itself. In the word of Irish playwright and critic Brian McAvera, “ the slow hard-won subtleties of his work make his pictures your friends for life’.
Dec 13th, 2012 To Jan 28th, 2013
Vulnerable heroes of myth and folklore battle through time, faded cultural memory and their landscape of origin to become ghostlike presences within Brian Mc Donagh’s reflexive love of paint. Kate Mac Donagh's landscapes on the other hand are uninhabited deeply intuitive responses to the experience of particular places, evoked through a language of fading and emerging light. Cormac O'Leary's landscapes meanwhile are direct, there is architecture to this color and form underpinning the intense atmosphere and sense of place that informs his work. Finally, Margaret Corcoran engages us socially and culturally. This is figurative work as a poetic language, but also a unique synthesis between her narrative subject and an uninhibited expression of paint.