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In very good company in this Summer edition (June – August) of the Irish Arts Review magazine. Thrilled to see one of my works ‘The Wisdom of the Heart V (below) published alongside notable artists Damien Flood, Stephen Johnston, David Eager Maher, Bennie Reilly, Leah Hewson Seele, Tom McLean and Holly Walsh.

Presenting “the work of 8 artists under the age of 40 who independently and boldly explore the imaginative possibilities of paint.” To learn more about these artists, IAR invite their readers to nominate their favourite artist online here: VOTE here

p.101 : Aisling Conroy, The Wisdom of the Heart V (2018), acrylic and nylon thread on wood, 60 x 60cm.

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Proud and honored to be asked to feature one of my paintings called ‘Iconics II’ on the front cover of the current edition of the Poetry Ireland Review. This current edition also features work by fellow gallery Artists from the Olivier Cornet Gallery. 

Poetry Ireland Review 124, edited by Eavan Boland; contains new poems from Paula Meehan, Ciarán O’Rourke, Lizzy Nichols, Mark Ward, Gabriel Rosenstock, Özgecan Kesici, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, and many other compelling voices. Also included is Eilean Ni Chuilleanáin’s remembrance of her Cork childhood, excerpted from The Vibrant House: Irish Writing and Domestic Space, a book of essays reviewed in issue 124 by Caitríona O’Reilly. Other books considered in this issue include collections from Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Mark Granier, Tara Bergin, The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets, and the Collected Poems of the late Dennis O’Driscoll, and there’s also a short interview with Thomas Kinsella along with an essay on Kinsella as poet and civil servant. Another Kinsella is this issue’s Featured Poet, Alice Kinsella, and all artwork for the issue is supplied by artists associated with the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Great Denmark Street, around the corner from Poetry Ireland.

Available now to purchase online or in all good bookstores.

Visit Poetry Ireland/ Éigse Eireann for more info

COVER IMAGE: Iconics ii, acrylic and enamel on wood by Aisling Conroy

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HAUS, 2018; acrylic, corrugated cardboard on wood. Aisling Conroy

Delighted to announce the upcoming Syrias Vibes Art Auction launching Thursday 8th March 2018, with the aim of raising funds to support displaced families in Syria and Iraq.

Along with The SCOOP Foundation, they are bringing together over 70 contemporary artworks to auction in Dublin’s city centre. The exhibition launches Thursday the 8th of March in Bagots Hutton on Ormond Quay, with art, wine and canapés from one of Dublin’s top chefs, and the Artists involved talking about their work.

These original works will be sold at live auction in Bagots Hutton on Sunday 25th March with monies raised providing direct support to victims of the ongoing war in Syria. For all information on the auction, including online/telephone bidding, head on over to www.syriasvibes.com.

LAUNCH: Thursday 8th March, 6-9pm
EXHIBITION: 9th – 24th March (closed Mondays)
AUCTION DAY: Sunday 25th March, 2pm SHARP


List of contributing Artists (in alphabetical order):

Adrian+Shane, Ruthie Ashenhurst, Daniela Astone, Margo Banks, Aideen Barry, Kate Beagan, Tag Beckett, Conor Bereen, Sahoko Blake, Dermot Brennan, Poncho Byrne, Eamon Colman, Aisling Conroy, Jo Cummins, Hazel Coonagh.

Mary De Blacam, DECOY, Louise Donnelly, Denise Downey, Lucy Doyle, DUDA, James Earley, El VIZ, Fares Fares, Adrienne M. Finnerty, Jim Fitzpatrick, Martina Furlong, Katarzyna Gajewska, Tim Goulding, Joby Hickey, Jackie Hudson-Lalor, Jesse Jones, Molly Judd, Mo Kelly, James Kirwan, Steven Mannion-Farrell, MASER, Barry McAdam, Eoin McCormack, Paula McGurdy, Nick Miller, Robert Mirolo, Esther Moliné, Yvette Monahan, Richard Mosse, Patricia Murphy.

Áine Ní Chíobháin, Isabel Nolan, John Nolan, Seamus Nolan, Olivia O’Carra, Niamh O’Connor, Steve O’Connor, Shane O’Driscoll, Cormac O’Leary, Geraldine O’Reilly, Laurence O’Toole, Erin Quinn, Juliana Scodeler, Carole Shubotham, Vauney Strahan, Shane Sutton, Dominic Turner, Carol Ann Waldron, Joe Warrior Walker, Patrick Walshe, Sinéad Wood, Úna Woods.

Check out the Syrias Vibes event page here.

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From the Deluge, 2017; acrylic & nylon thread on canvas.

WHAT on EARTH has ART got to DO with CLIMATE CHANGE?‘ is a panel discussion in the context of ‘2° C’, a group show on climate change curated and hosted by the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Wednesday, 7th March 2018 @6:30pm (discussion will start at 7 pm sharp).
The panel will include, Paul Leech (GAIA ecotecture, moderator); Paddy Woodworth (author, journalist, lecturer and cultural/environmental tour guide); Hugh Cummins, artist; Yanny Petters, artist; Olivier Cornet, curator.
This event is free and all are welcome.

Venue: Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street (off Parnell Square)
Dublin 1

More more info visit:
http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com/#/exhibitions-vue-art-fair-2017/4593936287

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‘2° C’ is an artists’ response to climate change, curated by Olivier Cornet with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland.

First Presented at VUE Contemporary Art Fair (RHA Dublin) in early November 2017, the show runs at the Olivier Cornet Gallery from 17th December 2017 to 15th February 2018. The exhibition at the gallery will feature more work than in its initial presentation at VUE.

ArtistsANNIKA BERGLUND, HUGH CUMMINS, JOHN FITZSIMONS, JORDI FORNIES, CLAIRE HALPIN, EOIN MAC LOCHLAINN, MIRIAM MCCONNON, YANNY PETTERS, KELLY RATCHFORD, FREDA RUPP, AISLING CONROY, DAVID FOX, PAUL JAMES KEARNEY, SHEILA NAUGHTON, and VICKY SMITH.

Official opening: Sunday, 17th December, 3pm, Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Guest Speaker:Dr Jonathan Derham BSc, PhD, MA(Mgt), Programme Manager, Evidence & Assessment Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), Ireland.

Click here to see an online catalogue of the work.

When first presented at VUE 2017, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair, which took place at the RHA Gallery, Dublin 2 from November 2 to November 5 2017, the exhibition received a lot of attention from the numerous visitors to the fair.

If you were not able to attend the fair, do not miss this second edition of ‘2° C’ which includes more works and which will be complemented by workshops and seminars in collaboration with the artists and the EPA at the gallery in Januray and February 2018.

“Olivier Cornet has a knack for curating good thematic shows, allowing artists to affiliate their work to a subject – in this case climate change – without distorting their customary practices. Here he elicits thoughtful, nuanced responses from a number of fine artists including Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Freda Rupp, Aisling Conroy, Vicky Smith and more.”

-Aidan Dunne, ‘The Take, Critic’s Choice’, The Irish Times Ticket, Saturday, 16th December 2017. Also published online in ‘The Best Exhibitions This week‘ on 15th December 2017. Thanking Aidan Dunne and The Irish Times for this great review.

 

Featured image: Other World (The Only Thing to Sphere is Sphere Itself), 2017; acrylic and nylon thread on wood.

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For Vue 2017, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA Dublin, The Olivier Cornet Gallery and their artists will be presenting ‘2° C’, a group show on the theme of climate change, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Artists: ANNIKA BERGLUND, HUGH CUMMINS, JOHN FITZSIMONS, JORDI FORNIES, CLAIRE HALPIN, EOIN MAC LOCHLAINN, MIRIAM MCCONNON, YANNY PETTERS, KELLY RATCHFORD, FREDA RUPP.

The exhibition will also feature works by Olivier’s Associate Gallery Artists (AGA) namely, AISLING CONROY, DAVID FOX, PAUL JAMES KEARNEY, SHEILA NAUGHTON, and VICKY SMITH.

Opening days/hours at VUE:

Thursday 2nd November 6 pm – 8pm

Friday 3rd November 11 am – 8 pm

Saturday 4th November 11 am – 7 pm

Sunday 5th November 12 pm – 6 pm

This show will then be presented at the Olivier Cornet Gallery from the 16th of December to the 15th of February 2018. Workshops and seminars in collaboration with the artists and the EPA will take place at the gallery.

Testament, 2017; acrylic and nylon thread on board. Will be exhibited at VUE, RHA and at the OCG for the exhibition ‘2° C’

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This year I had two illustrated prints selected for the Galway Impressions Biennale Printmaking Show.  The exhibition is a part of the Galway Arts Festival programme and currently on show the Center for Creative Arts in GMIT.

The Impressions Biennale Printmaking Show is an exhibition that represents all that is happening in the contemporary print world today providing a unique platform for emerging and established artists including some of the biggest names in Irish contemporary art. The exhbition was curated by Jason Hicklin (UK) with guest speaker, Conor McGrady, Dean of Academic Affairs, Burren College of Art for the official opening on Friday 14th July at 6 pm.
Venue: Centre for the Creative Arts & media, Cluain Mhuire, GMIT, Monivea Road, Galway.
Opening hours: Saturday 15th- Sunday 30th July 11-6pm

Impressions Biennale
Galway Arts Festival
Lost at Sea,  intaglio, screenprint, chine collé; 25 x25 cm

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Both myself and colleague Clare Lymer are delighted to be delivering a presentation on the Patrick Scott Archive in the ‘Lightening Talks’ at the ARLIS 2017 (Art Librarians Society) conference; ‘Revolution: Re-imagining the Art Library’ at the National Gallery of Ireland on Wednesday 12th July.

Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive will illustrate narratives of Scott’s life and work with selected archive materials and highlight the conservation and preservation process of Scott’s scrapbook from original condition, through to the digitisation process and conservation treatments.

www.nival.ie

www.nationalgallery.ie

ARLIS Conference 2017

 

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Time to brush up on my Ulysses (!) as i’ll be taking part in the Bloomsday Fringe events this coming June.

There’s a Touch of the Artist About Old Bloom’ is a visual response to Ulysses through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter of Dublin. Curated by the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Jessica Peel-Yates and Marie-Hélène Brohan Delhaye, this four day live sketching event will explore the fabric of the James Joyce’s Dublin, real or imagined. Participating artists are drawn from a number of disciplines (fine art, illustration, architecture, animation, fashion and graphic design) where drawing and sketching are an important aspect of their work; either as an end in itself, as a way to develop ideas, or as part of their creative process.

Artists: Alice Campbell (graphic artist), Aisling Conroy (visual artist), Aideen Griffin (fine artist), Balazs Keresztury (architect), Frank Kiely (fine artist and print maker), Niamh Lunny (set and costume designer), Pat MacAfee (stonemason and author), James Moore (fine artist), Mauro Moroni (graphic designer), Mary O’Carroll (draftswoman), Léo Régeard (concept designer and storyboarder), Nina Ruminska (illustrator)

The exhibition opens at 7:00 pm on Bloomsday 16 June at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street; and runs until 25th June with further evening events at the Gallery during the week.

For more information please visit Bloomsday Fringe or The Olivier Cornet Gallery

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With just over four weeks into ‘Bardo,’ numerous conversations were ignited about the work during all of the recent exhibition events. Visitors asked how it was connected to meditation? why reference Eastern religious art? and how is Patrick Scott connected to my work? All questions that opened the floor to more understanding; both for me as the artist,  and the viewer who experiences it.

When  attempting to articulate the paintings in ‘Bardo,’ I can only describe them as abstractions of the unconscious by using repeated motifs, shapes and form. Even when faced with our mortal existence, we often go around repeating the same thoughts and actions in life and end up being trapped by them. Trapped by desire which can only bring suffering. This, then, adding a lot of tension to the paintings, which are quite moody; doesn’t just depict a personal experience, be can also be a universal account when considering the history of the human condition, and civilizations that have gone before. The practice of mediation was a tool that brought these visual and psychological patterns to the forefront, and allowed me as the artist to use my awareness of them to make the work for ‘Bardo’.

Patrick Scott’s archive was a (lucky) coincidental starting point, back in 2015, but it has grown into something a lot more that can’t necessarily be identified straight away in the paintings. I initially began to admire his work for purely aesthetic reasons and I could never really say that I was a scholar of his or had any great knowledge about his life, but then there was something very humbling and real about delving into his personal archive while working on it in NIVAL. One starts to see the behind the scenes of an artist’s life, the very beginnings of his earlier more illustrative and design work, (realising that we all started somewhere and it takes a life time to make good work; work that is iconic and timeless and that essentially gives the artist a piece of immortality),  to the mundane domestic life, his  personal life, letters from friends, family and lovers, photographs and touching messages on postcards. I was given a glimpse into his personal space, a space that becomes very real and gives a different perspective to the artist that we all know. Finally as you begin to conserve and archive, you wrap up the items and file them away, it all feels quite finite, and it really started to resonate with my own life and work in relation to patterns and changes in one’s life. Love, birth, death, reincarnation (or rebirth) into new chapters; which is essentially what we are doing in this archive- opening up the life of the artist again.

After receiving my training in Printmaking and having a interest in graphic art that goes back to my childhood years; I have an unconscious inclination towards Japanese print and woodblock, and the compositions and colour schemes that they inhabit.  In referencing Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism and various other aspects of Asian art; I chose their aesthetic to depict my own ideas on their philosophies. These philosophies, while all different; have common threads amongst them that deal with universal issues relating to desire and suffering, death and reincarnation and how we are controlled by our thoughts which lead to our actions.

I hate to dissect work, as essential as research and context is; I find that too much literal explanation can sterilise the experience, not just with art but with almost everything. Explaining is losing, as the saying goes but there can always be exceptions to the rule when lending itself to human connection.

The photographs below are of the opening on Sunday Feb 5th, as well as the two events that were held in correlation to Bardo; ‘Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive with Clare Lymer, NIVAL’  (Sat 11th February) and ‘Introduction to Zen Meditation with Mary Laheen, Zen Ireland’  (Sat 25th February). All three events were extremely well attended, much to my delight. A heartfelt appreciation to all those you came along; as supporters, art lovers and general enthusiasts.

Bardo’ at the Olivier Cornet Gallery has been extended for an extra week and will continue to show until Sunday March 12th 2017.

For more details on the gallery’s location and visiting hours please visit http://www.oliviercornetgallery.com

 

The opening of ‘Bardo’ Sunday 5th February 2017 at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.
Pauline Cummins, Visual Artist, opening ‘Bardo.’ Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.
With Olivier Cornet. Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.
‘Exploring the Patrick Scott Archive’ with Clare Lymer, NIVAL (The National Irish Visual Arts Library) on Sat 11th February 2017.
Setting up for the Introduction to Zen workshop with Mary Laheen, Sat 25th February 2017.
(L-R) Mary Laheen, Zen Ireland; Aisling Conroy, Artist; Olivier Cornet, Gallerist and Curator. Image courtesy of Andrew Clarke.