These Al13 paintings present a total attention, a wakeful awareness, benign, offered for the pleasure of seeing, with a hidden warning (like a traffic sign) don’t be trivial, don’t be bored, don’t be lazy, don’t be proud…stay alert
Exert from a Notebook, Ciarán Lennon
Lennon’s paintings on aluminum are a particular synthesis of American Minimalism with its insistence on the materiality of the painted object and European Arte Povera, which licensed the associative quality of materials. Lennon’s recent work on which this exhibition concentrates, comprises of painted objects that arise from an interaction between artist, natural law and material qualities.
Ciarán Lennon was born in Dublin in 1947 and currently lives and works in Dublin. He has been a mainstay on the Irish painting scene for over 30 years with solo exhibitions in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2009, the RHA, Dublin, 2009, The Arken Museum of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, 2003, IMMA, The National Gallery, Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin the Ulster Museum, Belfast and the Douglas Hyde, Dublin. His work has also been included in exhibitions representing contemporary Irish art at home and internationally including; Sense of Ireland, London; L’Imaginaire Irlandais, Paris; the Pursuit of Painting, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and Irish drawing, Drawing Centre, New York and the Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil. Lennon’s work can be found in major public collections including the Ulster Museum, IMMA, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and Trinity College, Dublin and in private collections both in Ireland and internationally. Concurrently showing at the Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin 2 are Ciarán Lennon’s Ground Aluminiums, Ground Aluminium Light paintings and works on card. See www.peppercanister.com for further information.