Masterclasses & Workshops

Abstraction & Representation
By: Gabhann Dunne
2 Mar 2019 - 3 Mar 2019
Fee Application Deadline
€150 February 3, 2019
Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for this workshop.

This 2-day course will focus on how oil paint allows for a space in between abstraction and representation. Instruction will concentrate on working to improve brushwork and other systems of mark making. Also included will be colour mixing, grounds, glazing and tonal balance. The artist will give a demonstration and  participants will partake in group discussions and individual feedback.

The lucent colour palette in Gabhann Dunne’s work gives it a visionary, almost poetic quality. Topographical features, figures, buildings and animals emerge from a richly-opaque ground, conjuring a hauntingly-beautiful parallel world. He uses this romantic landscape to critique the marginalization of animal spaces, often appropriating and re-working found imagery to complement his invented narrative.

The work is informed by a broad spectrum of authors, social commentators and ecologists and historians. Painting is not used analytically but rather to interrogate how different forms or techniques can be used with each other to create tension, power and the sacred. While the themes explored in the work may seem portentous, there is humour here too, along with compassion, contrition and a desire to protect.

Gabhann Dunne is a Dublin-based painter. He studied Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and NCAD, Dublin. He is also a former winner of the RDS Taylor Art Award, 2011 and the Hennessy Craig Scholarship and the Whytes Award for Painting for his entry to the RHA Annual Exhibition, 2009. Dunne has exhibited widely, his recent shows include Crossing the Salt, Limerick City Gallery, 2018, In the Presence of Birds, 2017 and The Flower’s Pilgrim, 2015, the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin, Magenta Honey, the Lab in Dublin, 2015,  Select, Vanguard Gallery at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, 2014, 40/40/40, celebrating 40 Irish artists from the Office of Public Works, Central Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid,  Biblioteka Uniwersytecka, Warsaw; Palazzo Della Farnesina, Rome, 2013, The Wavemaker’s Vision, the Rubicon in Dublin, 2012, The Crossing, Roscomon Arts Centre, 2012 and The Fold at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, 2011. His work is in public and private collections including: Office of Public Works, Axa Collection, Facebook, De Loitte, Mason Hayes & Curran, Law Society of Ireland, XL Art Collection, the Residency and the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, National University of Limerick.

Gabhann Dunne,Goldfinch ,2018 , Oil on board, 25 x2 0cm, Image courtesy of the artist.