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Henry McGrane and Norman Teeling at The Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Naul, Co Dublin
Henry McGrane’s virtuosity is evident in several genres, including landscapes, still life, figurative genre-scenes and portraiture. Perhaps landscape painting best reflects both McGrane’s love of nature and painterly skills, the latter is exemplified by mastery of perspective, compositional structure and draughtsmanship. Norman Teeling is a painter with a romantic impressionist style and a passion for painting En Plein Air. Norman’s wide repertoire includes street scenes, interiors, landscapes, portraits, still lives and historical subjects all painted with an accomplished proficiency.
John Duffy at Axis, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Axis are proud to host an exhibition showcasing the work of Ballymun artist, the late John Duffy, curated by Brian Maguire and Stano, featuring work by John along with Robert Ballagh, Brian Maguire and Donald Teskey.
John Duffy was a visual artist and poet who had a long association with Axis, Ballymun. Through Axis, he met his friend and collaborator, Stano. They have exhibited many times together, developing the unusual practice of working on the same canvas, which culminated in an exhibition, Nothing to be Gained in 2013. John Duffy, A Life in Pictures coincides with the release of an album, produced by Stano and featuring 12 poems performed and recorded by John just months before his death.
A specially commissioned triptych by artists Robert Ballagh, Brian Maguire and Donald Teskey will be shown as part of the exhibition. This piece was created by these three artists who knew and admired the work of John Duffy, in response to the artists’ poems. Axis will announce a new Young Artist bursary in John’s honour during the exhibition.
WORK | Eoin Francis McCormack at Steambox Galleries, Dublin
11 to 23 December | Opening: 10 Decemeber, 6pm
Steambox Gallery, School Street, Dublin
Eóin Francis McCormack will exhibit ‘WORK’ in the Steambox Galleries. McCormack has constructed a practice that explores painting as a work ethic, stressing the routine and physical labour aspects of working as an artist. ‘WORK’ features both painting and print.
Merlin James at the The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 2
In 2012, the Scottish painter Merlin James held an exhibition in Gallery One at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. James returns to Gallery Two with a display of the small model buildings that he frequently incorporates into his paintings. The nonconformist quality of James’ work is reflected by his enthusiasm, as a writer and sometimes curator.
Climate, State of Emergency | Group Show at Alliance Francasie, Dublin
1 December to 31 January
Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
‘Climate: state of emergency’ is the title of the 2015 edition of the Fondation Alliance Française International Photography Contest, it was dedicated to the topic of climate change. The show opened as part of Green Week and showcases photographs from the 105 Alliances Françaises in 43 countries who participated in the contest.
Serena Caulfield at The French Paradox, Dublin 4
Serena Caulfield exhibits a selection of paintings and recent drawings made during a residency at Cill Rialaig Art Centre in Kerry.
Winter Exhibition at The House, Howth
As part of the Art at The House programme, Winter Exhibition features work by Susan Early, Aoife Scott, Pamela Leonard, Jenny Lane and Julie Ann Haines. Winter Exhibition illustrates the diversity of practice and aesthetic of these five artists.
Sidarta Corral at Art at The Ivy House, Dublin
Irish Landscapes and Abstract Reality
1 December to 29 February
Art at The Ivy House Bar and Restaurant, 114 Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin
Art at The Ivy House presents ‘Irish Landscapes and Abstract Reality’, an exhibition of photographs by Mexican artist Sidarta Corral. The exhibition comprises of two collections of works. The Abstract Reality series are part of an ongoing project where the artist uses ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) which entails moving the camera during a long exposure to create a blurring effect and making the image abstract.
Proclamation | Group Show at Droichead, Co.Louth
26 November to 9 January
Droichead Art Centre, Stockwell St, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
In 1916, the idealism and vision of the revolution resulted in Irelands ‘mission statement’. For ‘Proclamation’, Droichead Arts Centre invited local artists to respond to this theme by asking them to declare and demonstrate their personal proclamation, celebrating and promoting their independent thinking and re-affirming the important role they play as an artist in our society in the lead up to the centenary celebrations. The artists exhibiting include; Brian Lounds, Miriam Carroll, Noel Feeney, Olga Duka, Mary McDonnell, Áine Dunne, John Moloney, Caoimhe McCarthy, Caroline Moore, Iseult Aiken and Noilín Shaw.
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Year’s End | Element15 at Straffan Antiques, Kildare
1 to 31 December
Art Gallery @ Straffan Antiques & Design, Barberstown, Straffan, Co. Kildare
‘Year’s End’ is an exhibition featuring element15’s creative journey over the past year, it is an exploration of textile as a medium. Element15 is a Kildare based collective of contemporary textile artists who have worked together for several years.
Angela Fulcher and Ruth E Lyons at Galway Arts Centre
‘Unbounded’ is an exhibition of new work by artists Angela Fulcher and Ruth E. Lyons referencing the limitless nature of interpretation and unrestrained manipulation of material.
Angela Fulcher works in sculpture, installation and photographic collage. Her practise focuses on the reconfiguration of objects so that aspects of their material nature may be revealed. Fulcher’s approach to producing work involves applying close attention to the details and qualities of materials and surfaces through using minimal interventions to subtly disrupt and interrogate their interpretation and function.
Ruth E. Lyons has conceived new sculptural work that sets out to create an immersive experience and bring out into the open the underground movements of material, in this case referring to the use of water as a means of displacing oil in oil-wells. The work is inspired by the writings of the Han Chinese polymathic scientist Shen Kuo, specifically his Dream Pool essays where he made the earliest known historical reference to oil which he called Rock Oil.
Featured image A View of Grafton Street, by Henry McGrane