The RHA School is delighted to welcome Jingze Du to the RHA Studio Programme 2020. Jingze Du was born in Yantai, China in 1995. At the age of thirteen he
moved to Ireland with his family. He studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin and at the Royal College of Art in London. His degree show piece Images/ Refletsdans l’eau was awarded the National University of Ireland Art and Design Prize in 2017.
Jingze Du works primarily with painting and photography. His work addresses power, digital cultures and the fast-paced nature of present- day capitalism. Drawing from both eastern and western influences, the Chinese-Irish artist observes contemporary society, contrasting fragments of its dynamics and noise.
Image: Jingze Du, A Great Escape, 2019, Oil on canvas, 100 x 80cm, Image courtesy of the artist.
STEPHEN McKENNA FELLOWSHIP
The RHA School is delighted to announce Niamh McCann as the recipient of the 2020 Stephen McKenna Fellowship. The Stephen McKenna Fellowship provides a subsidy to a RHA Studio artist each year. This fellowship was generously established by the McKenna family in memory of Stephen McKenna PPRHA, past president of the Royal Hibernian Academy.
A graduate of Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, Niamh McCann has exhibited extensively in Europe, Ireland and in the USA.
McCann launched the public artwork IMMRAM Pavilion/Mother’s Lament on the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life and looks forward to solo exhibition with the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Germany and residency with the Boghossian Foundation, Belgium.
McCann’s work is a considered, individual voice in contemporary Irish art; effortlessly correlating strands of three-dimensional work, painting/drawing and installation. This in itself is unpredictable and frequently humorous, most recently in the playful use of appropriated political figuration in her latest body of work, Furtive Tears. Layering and re-coding the given image, figure or cultural trope, a quasi-deified equilibrium is achieved when juxtaposed with globalised cultural imagery.
McCann has undertaken solo exhibitions; Furtive Tears at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, La Perruque (Protest Song) at MAC Belfast and Just Left of Copernicus in Visual, Carlow. The artist has participated in many group exhibitions including DYNASTY with the ps122 Gallery New York, Changing States, BOZAR, Belgium, Twenty at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, this little bag of dreams, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, and Without-Boundaries, Wäinö Attonen, Museum of Art, Finland.
The artist is the recipient of various Arts Council awards, and residencies at Cemeti Arthouse, Indonesia; HIAP, International Artists’ Residency, Cable Factory, Helsinki, URRA Artist Residency, Argentina, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland; and of Perspective and EV+A exhibition awards. McCann is represented in the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection; Limerick City Gallery Collection, Swansea City Council Collection; The London Institute Collection and the Hiscox Collection, London