Dear Friends & Colleagues,
It is with great sadness that I write to tell you of the death of Patrick Pye RHA on Thursday 8th February.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Noirin, daughters Naoise and Róisín and extended family. In his 89 years Patrick lived a full and productive life as a painter, printmaker, writer, as a deeply spiritual thinker and as a loving family man.
He was one of our most venerable Members. I last saw him this summer, wheelchair bound and with diminished eyesight still absorbed in looking at a Vermeer painting at the National Gallery show. A new audience got to acquaint themselves with his work at a recent group show at IMMA. He spoke honestly about art and was a valued voice at our assemblies. We mourn him and we will miss him.
A gathering for close friends will take place on Sunday, 11th February from 2pm to 5pm in the Pye family home – Piperstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24. The removal will take place on Monday, 12th February at 5pm in St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 13th February at 11am in St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght and Patrick Pye will be laid to rest in St. Maelruain’s Parish, Tallaght. Please see addresses below:
St. Mary’s Priory
St. Maelruain’s Parish
(Church of Ireland)
James Hanley RHA
WITH BREAD – Book Launch
A record number of visitors have attended Abigail O’Brien’s With Bread exhibition and tour. Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda has just published a tour report which saw over 21,000 people attend and engage with O’Brien’s exhibition over three venues between 2013 and 2015.
With Bread, an exhibition of photographs, sculpture and video explored the artist’s ongoing interest in bread, its elemental properties, the magical process that takes place in its making, its centrality in human daily life across race and culture and religion, its familial, social and cultural importance, and its rich symbolism. The exhibition which was curated by Aoife Ruane, opened at Highlanes Gallery in September 2013, followed by showings at The Dock in Carrick on Shannon in 2014, and concluding its tour, which was awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant, at Limerick City Gallery of Art earlier this year. Sunday Times Art Critic Cristín Leech-Hughes review of the exhibition said ‘O’Brien casts her subject – ever-expanding dough – as a force of nature. Once started on its path, it grows out of its allocated, confined space vigorously, messily, unapologetically, overtly, abundantly.
In her hands, the predictable but varied results of an everyday chemical process, the process of making bread, becomes almost alchemical.’ Abigail O’Brien’s critically acclaimed exhibition which was sponsored by McCloskey’s Traditional and Artisan Bakery, Drogheda was also highly commended in the annual Business to Arts Awards in 2014. Post-exhibition, a full colour catalogue with essays by writer and psychoanalytic practitioner, Dr Medb Ruane, and poet, novelist and prose writer, Theo Dorgan is available at the RHA and Highlanes Gallery.
MY MIND’S I
Venue: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny
24th oCtober – 13th DeCember
Following a very well received showing at the Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Janet Mullarney’s critically acclaimed exhibition My Mind’s I begins it’s Irish tour this autumn. Mullarney’s first major solo exhibition in five years curated by Aoife Ruane, Director of Highlnes Gallery, Drogheda, earlier this year, tours to the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, opening on Saturday 24 October and continuing until 13 December. The title of the exhibition refers not only to the idiom ‘mind’s eye’ but also the human ability to experience visual mental imagery, and the power of the psychic imagination to communicate complex subliminal codes. In the exhibition, small fragile sculptures are placed against simple backdrops within a heightened lighting scheme, allowing mysterious theatrical scenes to unfold. The juxtaposition of these small seemingly insignificant figures against large open spaces will evoke a sense of anarchic independence as well as alluding to the subversive interior of the artist’s mind. The exhibition developed Highlanes Gallery, with lighting design by Marcus Costello, has been awarded an Arts Council Touring Grant. Irish Times Art Critic Aidan Dunne’s five star review remarked ‘Enter Mullarney’s world and you fall through an imaginative trapdoor into another realm of fables and fairy tales, where animal characters stand in for humans and meaning is cut loose from the bounds of convention. Her acrobats and performers evoke the heady, heightened space of the circus ring.’ Audiences should make it their business to visit, or indeed re-visit the exhibition, which will take a new form on each leg of its tour.
BLAISE SMITH ARHA
Venue: The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
3rd – 24th December
Blaise Smith will present a new body of work including a selection new paintings that bring a fresh perspective to his highly personal take on the discipline of representational painting.
Venue: ASSAB-ONE, Via Privata Assab, 1, 20132 Milano, Italy
Nine new large paintings to be exhibited in the industrial context of former print workshop Assab-One curated by Elena Quarestani. To be accompanied by a publication funded by the Josef Albers foundation with an essay by Nick Fox Weber.
The character KAN is an essential one in everyday Japanese and with a wide variety of meanings. The fundamental meaning of KAN is space between, gap, interval, distance. However, it refers not only to space, but to time as well, meaning also pause, break, time between.
The title KAN refers to the new paintings after the KIN series in which the forms interlock to make a central sculptural figure. So as not to repeat myself and to paint myself out of that corner I have floated the flat shapes outwards from the centre out to the edge of the support and beyond the picture plane. In doing this the centre becomes empty– KAN
WEXFORD FRINGE FESTIVAL GROUP SHOW
Venue: Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
17th October – 20th November
Wexford Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival which will run in parallel to Wexford Opera Festival from Friday, 16th October to Sunday, 1st November 2015. Now in its 63rd year, Wexford Fringe offers an eclectic mix of over 300 events over 17 days including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, and visual art, many of which are free to attend.
ONE CRIMSON THREAD by Micheal O’Siadhail Book Launch
Illustrations by Mick O’Dea PRHA
Venue: RHA Friends Room
Join us at 6pm on Tuesday 29th September when the Honourable Mrs Justice Susan Denham will launch One Crimson Thread by Micheal O’Siadhail with illustrations by Mick O’Dea PRHA. Published by Bloodaxe Books, One Crimson Thread will be available to purchase on the evening and works by Mick O’Dea PRHA will be on exhibit in the RHA Friends room.
DIAGRAMS Curated by Niamh McDonnell
Venue: Pallas Projects Gallery Sep 9-21st ,Queen Street Studios Gallery
Each artist uses the diagram to describe a previous work or to make a preliminary sketch for a new work. The approach through the diagram involves the play with various media to create different narratives for the viewer to read the work in terms of the process of its material production. This project explores how diagrams are used to describe the process of material production in visual art and design practices. A group show of newly commissioned multimedia diagrams will be exhibited at Pallas Projects Gallery, Dublin and at Queen Street Studios Gallery, Belfast.
The ‘Diagrams’ artists include: Martin Boyle, Craig Donald, Jacqueline Holt, Colin Martin, Brigid McLeer, Bea McMahon and Elvira Santamaria Torres.
THE OGHAM WALL
Venue: V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
19th – 27th September
Irish Design 2015 Presents Ireland’s First Landmark Project at the London Design Festival. Irish design is represented for the first time at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London during The London Design Festival in an ambitious Landmark Project The Ogham Wall. Created by Grafton Architects, winners of numerous international awards including the 2008 World Building of the Year Award, working in conjunction with Graphic Relief, the installation was inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, dating from approximately the 4th century AD. The imposing forms of The Ogham Wall will fill the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery as one of a series of international events for Irish Design 2015.
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally. irishdesign2015.ie
Grafton Architects was established in 1978. Directors Yvonne Farrell & Shelley McNamara, Fellows of the RIAI, International Honorary Fellows of the RIBA. graftonarchitects.ie
Graphic Relief combines design, engineering and manufacturing to provide clients with luxurious, beautiful and bespoke surfaces. graphicrelief.co.uk
The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. londondesignfestival.com
Martin Gale RHA & Charles Tyrrell
Venue: Claremorris Gallery, mayo
12th – 22nd September
LIFE, LOVE & LAUNCH
Venue: Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
5th – 26th September
80th Birthday Exhibition and launch of Pauline’s autobiography “8 ages”. Much of the exhibition pieces will be based on relationships inspired by the Bluebeard story. There will also be a selection from the family travelling collection relevant to the autobiography.
HERE & NOW 2
Venue: Town Hall Gallery, Macroom, Co. Cork
3rd – 30th September
Here & Now 2 is the second of two exhibitions showing new work by artists who live and work in the Lee Valley area and who exhibited in Time & Place in 2006:
Marie Foley, Michael Quane, Bernadette Cotter, Jim Savage, Geraldine Creedon, Jill Dennis, Donal O’Ceilleachair, Alan Gallett, Con Kelleher, John Philip Murray, Emer Kelly, Sarah O’Flaherty, Bob Rasmussen, Cormac Sheil, Rosemary Taylor, Len Clatworthy, Bernice Corcoran, Debbie Godsell, Ray Lawlor, Tadhg McSweeney.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by Peter Murray, Director of Crawford Art Gallery. The catalogue also covers the work of artists from the 2014 Here & Now 1.
Here & Now 2 is part of Cork County Council’s Visual Arts programme.
The President of the Academy, Mick O’Dea PRHA, presented the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Gold Medal to Dr. Nicola Figgis, Prof. Paula Murphy, Carmel Naughton and Prof. James Slevin during the 185th RHA Annual Exhibition Varnishing Day on May 24th 2015.
This year the Academy awarded its Gold Medal to the innovative team who conceived and initiated the Art and Architecture of Ireland project. During his citation Mick O’Dea noted that Dr. Nicola Figgis, Professor Paula Murphy, Mrs. Carmel Naughton and Professor James Slevin RIA, brought breath, depth and experience to this truly historical task. Mick O’Dea PRHA also noted that The Gold Medal was our, the artists, way of thanking them for their commitment.
The RHA has awarded a Gold Medal since 1994 to persons who have made significant contributions to the Academy in particular and to the arts in Ireland in general. A citation is given by either the President or a guest and the medal which features a profile relief of the Academy’s second President Francis Johnston is given to the recipient. Previous winners of the medal include Derek Hill, Lewis & Loretta Glucksman, and Anthony Cronin. Last year’s recipient was Tony Kilduff HRHA.
Pat Harris was born in Dublin in 1953 and studied at the National College of Art and Design from 1973 to 1978 and at The National Higher Institute of Fine Arts Antwerp, graduating in 1981. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD in Fine Art by the University of Antwerp.
Pat Harris has exhibited widely in Europe, with solo shows at Taylor Galleries Dublin, De Zwarte Panter Antwerp, Gallery S65 Aalst Belgium, and at Purdy Hicks, London. He shares his time between his studios in North Mayo and Belgium, having taught painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp since 1986.
Pat Harris is a member of Aosdána and his work is represented in numerous private and public collections including: Arts Council of Ireland, IMMA, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, UCD, St. Patrick’s Hospital, Language Centre of Ireland, AIB, AXA and The University of Antwerp.
A solo exhibition of his recent work based on the North Mayo Coastline will open at Taylor Galleries Dublin on the 19th of November.
For further information: http://patharris.info/
The Executive Council of the Royal Hibernian Academy meeting today June 9th, issued the following statement:
In regard to the current decision of the Trustees of the Beit Collection to consign for auction a number of paintings, the Royal Hibernian Academy wishes to express its commitment to international best practice that collections should not be disposed of to support operating expenses. The paintings by Rubens, Teniers, Van Ostade and Guardi are of substantial quality and their sale would represent a very significant loss to the public.
It is regrettable that the Trustees thought it necessary to take this course of action and that more time was not afforded to public debate on the issues surrounding the decision and to explore other avenues that could address the Trustees challenges without recourse to de-accessioning artwork held in trust for the nation.
PERSPECTIVES OF EUROPE, Venue: Hugh Lane Gallery, Charelmont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, July 23 – October 4
Opening at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane on 23rd July, the exhibition charts McKenna’s responses to living and working in a number of European cities. The resulting paintings made from 1980 to the present, reflect not only the cities, the landscapes, the people and the artefacts of the various countries, but also their history and the contents of their museums. McKenna has lived in Ireland since 1973 and is described as having a “classical approach to still life”, using timeless varieties of landscape, still life and interiors to comment on present issues.
Image: Stephen McKenna, Pantheon, 2013, Oil on canvas, 100cmx80cm
ART OF A NATION,
Venue: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1
April 13 – August 31
The Art of a Nation is the first major exhibition in London for 30 years that celebrates the story of Irish art from 1900 to the present day. Drawing on the incomparable, award winning collection of paintings, photography, tapestry and sculptures from the Allied Irish Banks and Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, this exhibition will include 70 works by many of Ireland’s greatest artists. Presented with the collaboration of Ireland’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, as well as the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, the exhibition promises to offer a striking and thought-provoking survey of the national essence of Irish art.
Image: Diana Copperwhite ARHA, Portrait of V, 2015, oil on linen, 30 x 25 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Kevin Kavanagh Gallery.