The RHA School is delighted to announce Gerard Byrne, Colin Crotty, Kevin Gaffney, Leah Hewson and Barbara Knezevic as the recipients of the RHA School Studio Artists Award 2016. Incoming RHA School Studio Artists will be announced in January 2017.
Gerard Byrne has shown work at international biennials including Documenta 13, 54th Venice Biennale, and in Sydney, Gwangju, Lyon, Istanbul amongst others. Recent solo exhibitions include the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2015), FRAC Pays de la Loire (2014), Whitechapel Gallery (2013), IMMA, Dublin (2012), Renaissance Society, Chicago (2011). In 2007 he represented Ireland at the 52nd Venice Biennale. In 2006 he was a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn award. He is represented by the Lisson Gallery in London, Kerlin Gallery in Dublin, and Nordenhake Gallery, Stockholm. He has been a professor at the Royal Danish Academy for Fine Art since 2007.
Image: Gerard Byrne, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, 2015. Photography by Stefan Rohner.
Colin Crotty lives and works in Dublin and previously studied an MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Crawford College of Art & Design. Working in the medium of paint his practice is concerned with ideas that relate to group memory, collective formation and the role of public space within contemporary society. Selected recent exhibitions include; TULCA Festival Galway, 2015; Arschersleben, Germany 2015; In the Land of Tib and Tom, Rubicon Projects, Dublin 2014; In Between Days, Cross Gallery, Dublin 2014; Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany 2014; Gemeingeist, Goethe-Institut Dublin 2010. His work is held in a number of public and private collections including The Arts Council of Ireland and the Office of Public Works. Colin also lectures in Fine Art at the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design.
Image: Colin Crotty, “Taking Turns”, Oil on linen, 32 x 25cm, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist.
Kevin Gaffney is a visual artist working in film and photography. He graduated from the Royal College of Art’s MA Photography & Moving Image in 2011, and received an Honorary Mention from the Startpoint Prize for Emerging Artists. He was awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship (2015); was an UNESCO-Aschberg laureate artist in residence at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s Changdong Residency in South Korea (2014); and received a Film Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland for the creation of a new film while artist in residence at the Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan (2014)
Image: Kevin Gaffney, Video still from Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands, HD Video, 2015.
(b. Dublin, 1986) Leah Hewson achieved a First Class BA(Hons) in Fine Art from DLIADT in 2010. Hewson’s first solo show, Whats behind the Magic door? (2011) gave way for her work to be included in the Microsoft Collection as well as being published as part of Goblin Market:New Irish Contemporary Art. Amongst a steady flow of commissions for private collections, Hewson developed work for her second exhibition CUSP which was in 2013. Earlier this year she gained experience working in Sean Scully’s studio in New York which has seen her work move to a more abstract approach to image making.
Image: Leah Hewson, 2Moon Gossip, 16.5 x 23”, Paint Marker, Acrylic and Oil paint, Pencil, Chalk pastel on Graph paper.
Barbara Knezevic was born in Sydney, Australia and lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. She attended the Sydney College of the Arts (Bachelor Visual Arts) and National College of Art and Design, Dublin (Master of Fine Art). In 2015 she undertook residencies at Artspace, Sydney, Australia and HIAP in Helsinki, Finland. Recent exhibitions include Seachange, Tulca Festival of Visual Art, curated by Mary Cremin (2015); Frontiers in Retreat HIAP, Helsinki, Curated by Jenni Nurmenniemi (2015); ULTRA, The LAB, Dublin City Council, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios are Dead, curated by Chris Fite Wassilak, TBG+S, Dublin (2013); Tulca Festival of Visual Art, curated by Valerie Connor (2013); Where exists a remnant, The Dock, Carrick on Shannon (2013); Future Perfect – We are here, Rubicon Projects, Brussels (2013); Whitewashing the Moon, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2012); Gracelands, Circling the Square (2012); Plastic Art, RUA Red (2012); After the Future, eva International Biennial of Art (2012). Forthcoming exhibitions include a two person exhibition at Gallery Augusta, Helsinki, Finland in Spring 2016.