The Royal Hibernian Academy annual summer show is now open in Dublin with many of Irelands leading exhibiting here.
There is plenty to see here from Painting and sculpture to Photography and a chance for those who are thinking of beginning a collection to dip their toe in the water. Collecting art need not cost the earth and print is perhaps a good place to start as it remains quite affordable. A good piece of advice here is first and foremost to buy what you like. Most of the vetting has already been done by the selection committee so you can be sure that the works that are on show are good quality. If one piece can be acquired a year or even every couple of years the it really doesn't take long to start building up a collection.
Dorothy Cross, one of Ireland's leading artists, is showing at the kerlin Gallery Dublin from 5th of September to the 18th of October 2014. A mix of installation and photographic work take the chance to see view .
Sad News this week on the death of one of Ireland's finest contemporary painters- Patrick Scott. We had only just finished framing his series Meditations for his retrospective at Visual in Carlow which covers his life's work. little did we know then that this was to be his last exhibition.
Sincere sympathy goes out to his family, partner and many friends.
IMMA The Irish Museum of Modern Art
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
Curated by Christina Kennedy
IMMA and VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, are delighted to present a major exhibition of the work of Irish artist Patrick Scott, showing across the two venues as a single exhibition. Patrick Scott: Image Space Light brings together the most comprehensive representation of this remarkable artist’s 75 year long career. Scott had his first exhibition in 1941 with the White Stag Group. Now 93, the exhibition brings together more than 100 pieces that illustrate the breadth and longevity of his career as an architect, designer and artist. The exhibition at IMMA concentrates on Scott’s early works from the 1940s to the early 70s while VISUAL displays works from the 1960s to the present.
Contemporary Irish artist Ciaran Lennon is Exhibiting at the Peppercanister Gallery from the 24th of Janurary to Feburary 22nd, 2014.
For over 40 years Lennon has distinguished himself as an uncompromising and inventive artist, consistently creating works both visually and morally powerful and remarkably, true to the light of Dublin Bay.Known for his colourful abstract paintings of iconic beauty, Lennon’s new Ground Aluminiums (Light Paintings) present a glorious synthesis of
industrialised ore (AL13) and the human touch. These works are literally self contained, ie, the grinding of the metal block makes the pigment and
simultaneously creates the reflecting shine of light.
“Mine is an art of catharsis, that finds resolution in images of life-positive vitality unencumbered by its opposites and ironically (tragically) of course,
containing them.” C. Lennon, New York 1st Jan 2014.
Lennon has exhibited widely. Including New York, London, Paris, San Paolo, Copenhagen and Dublin. His work can be found in most major public
collections including Ulster Museum, IMMA, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and Trinity College, Dublin and in private collections both in Ireland and
His larger AL13 paintings will run concurrently from Jan 14th until April 28th at the RHA Ely Place Dublin.
It's that time of year a
For artists considering submitting an artwork to the RHA this year, now is the time to get organised!
Each year we are asked to frame work at the last minute so this year we thought that we would be a little more proactive by providing you with the details you need to know.
Application forms will be available in mid February. If you have submitted work in the last two years, you will be automatically sent a form. Otherwise, to request a submission form for the Annual please follow the link bellow and fill in the request form. If you are a regular participant and have changed address please let us know. Entries can only be accepted on the correct paperwork, so please request your form to return by the closing date.
To request a submission form for the Annual please fill in the request form here
Closing date for applications is 27th March 2013.
Hand in & hand back Dublin dates have yet to be confirmed. Please check this website for updates
For artists that would like to use artisan frames for their framing, we are based in Clonmel but have agents in Carlow and in Dublin where you can leave in your work, discuss how you would like it framed.
For oversize work we have a van on the road to ensure your work gets there safely.
For more details call us on 052 6181909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Francis Bacon print floated and box framed.
This is a Francis Bacon print we were asked to reframe recently.
The print itself was in an old frame and put in straight against the glass. Unfortunately this had caused the image some damage which meant that it had to be restored and flattened.
To show the full extent of the sheet of paper we advised the client to float mount it with gust a small margin or float allowing the paper edge to be seen. We then chose a light oak frame and wax finished it to give a nice mellow sheen to the finished piece.
Kilkenny arts week is in full swing with a range of events for theatre goers, music junkies and book lovers.
For those of you interested in the visual arts check out Shelia Naughton at Gallery one, castle yard in the Kilkenny design centre.
Some beautiful examples of brush drawings and mark making works on paper.
Also Bernadette Kiely's ethereal paintings and drawings of cricket players at Mount Juliette.
The Rha Summer Exhibition will come to a close shortly.
There are a large range of paintings on view as well as sculpture, mixed media and photography. There is also great value in the art market at the moment with prices back to more realistic values.
I always say to people, if you can buy one nice piece a year or even every two years, it doesn't take long to build up a collection of enjoyable work while having great fun donin
Be sure to have a look at the great range of work on display before it's gone.
David Hockney again a British pop artist famously uses Apples ipad to create works of art. Using a brush app he was able to create digital works of art which he then emailed to his friends and collectors. Even though these works were created on an ipad they are instantly recognizable as David Hockneys work.
Art video installations, digital print as well as light and sound are now all part of the mainstream in art colleges and Galleries
Yet, Galleries for themselves don’t seem to employ the same embrace. I have been saying to gallery owners for some time now that it is time to come out from behind the desk and get going with a bit of self promotion. Not the usual mainstream variety of an ad in the newspaper or a glossy periodical but with new media such as audio and video.
Artists are often asked to give Gallery talks about their work and this is seen as an added bonus to meet the artist and get an understanding into the thought process behind the work.
With such unfettered access to artists a mini interview with the artist should become the norm.
As part of the whole exhibition experience from the invite to the catalogue, a video or audio piece of the artist talking about the work would help enhance the viewer experience. For the Gallery website it would help pull the site ranking up in Google search engines as well as creating an archive of the work that goes into the show. With the power of video in search engines a search by a collector for a particular artist should automatically pull up the Gallery video and hopefully a cross over to the website.
Two Irish artists that we work with, both abstract colourists have recently made their own video documentaries about their work, Declan O Mahoney from Cork and Peter Monaghan from Dublin. Perhaps in this age of recession where abstract work is seen as a hard sell they felt it necessary or maybe they just wanted to show the work and inspiration that goes into making a piece, in any case they are very interesting pieces to watch in their own right.
There are many simple tools for both computers and smart phones that make this job very simple.
For audio try Audioboo.com, this allows audio which can be tagged with relevant key words that make searching for a lot easier.
For video imovie is an extremely simple app that can be downloaded to a smart phone and allows editing, music overlay and sound recording. A share facility with face book and twitter is then at the touch of a button.
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