LOUISE NEILAND | using notebooks to explore an idea or concept

Monday 26 November 2018, 10:00 – 13:00

dlr LexIcon, the Project room

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In this half day workshop with Louise Neiland we will be looking at how to use notebooks as a means of exploring an idea or concept. We will use still life as a starting point for ideas and mixed media pieces in the journals. We will look at the process of working and editing in notebooks and how journaling generates more ideas for finished works.

In her work Louis Neiland engages with the challenge of depicting the nebulous and intangible nature of time through the use of still images. She has exhibited in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and her work is represented in private and public collections including the OPW / State Art Collection, Rabo Bank, Dvblinia, Microsoft, IADT and Electric Ireland. Neiland studied at Camberwell College of Art & Design, London and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin from 1987 to 1991, and she completed an MA in Fine Art (Painting) at NCAD in 2008. Artist lives and works in Dublin.

Louise Neiland at the Taylor Galleries

Aidan Dunne’s review for ‘The Irish Times’

‘The Gloss’ interview with Louise Neiland

GWEN O’DOWD | Artist’s Talk |sense of landscape

Saturday 10 November 2018, 10:00 – 12:00

dlr LexIcon, meeting room 2, 5th floor

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Artist Gwen O’Dowd will share her influences, fascination by the sea and her approach to shift from traditional landscape to metaphoric and haunting composition. Gwen is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary artists; she has received many awards and prizes and is a member of Aosdana.

Waterbased II, Carborundum, 77 x 62 cm

“Her formal concerns have always been rooted deeply in the tradition of landscape painting, yet the specific locales from which she has drawn inspiration, the modes of addressing them, and the metaphoric import of the resulting series of paintings have varied considerably over the years. Among the aspects of the landscape O’Dowd has registered over the past decade are the ecological devastation of the Gulf War, the epic grandeur of the Grand Canyon and, most recently, the mythically sexualised landscape of rural Ireland.”  (Irish Museum of Modern Art)

Writing of O’Dowd’s paintings, critic Medb Ruane notes: “O’Dowd creates her visual encounters by working through surface details from a series of structural planes which both organise the composition and toughen up the two-dimensional limits of the canvas. She sections these planes like an architectural anatomist, sometimes making transverse slices, sometimes cutting downwards from sky to bedrock. …Close up, her use of mediums with oil, textures the surfaces so that they have both a craggy feel and a pointed sense of a landscape where nothing is ever still.”

Tonn VI, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

O’Dowd’s work is found in important private and public collections including Irish Museum of Modern Art, Aer Lingus, Allied Irish Bank, Trinity College, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Smurfit Collection, Arts Council of Ireland, Ulster Investment Bank, Kilkenny Arts Society, Contemporary Irish Art Society, Office of Public Works, Aer Rianta and many others.

PATRICK GRAHAM | Artist’s Talk

Saturday 29 September 2018

10:30 – 12:00

dlr LexIcon, Studio theatre, ground floor

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To open the new series of Artist’s Talks, ArtNetdlr presents Patrick Graham, widely regarded as one of Ireland’s most important contemporary artists, for a historic conversation about his career.

Graham is credited by art historians with changing the face of Irish painting with his exquisite draftsmanship and expressive layering of images and words in mixed media works on paper and monumental canvases, and has been recognized as ‘Ireland’s finest draughtsman’ and a genuine ‘artist’s artist’ . The subject of numerous museum exhibitions, he has impacted artists on both sides of the Atlantic, while praised by art critics and historians.

“Patrick Graham’s paintings are masterpieces… on a grand physical, emotional and intellectual scale… they are among the most complicated, salient reflections on modern existence that have been made in the last decade.” Donald Kuspit

Graham’s paintings and drawings are a magnificent and unique balancing act of strength and fragility, “this raw, vital, primal, visceral, sexual, physical, emotional, skin tearing kind of notion, rising all the time, raising you up like great music”.

Culture Night 2017, Mill Theatre

This exhibition showcased original works across the disciplines of the visual arts

The Interaction Project

11th May to 21st May 2016 Eblana House, Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire