‘Art at’ The House Restaurant is delighted to host its Christmas Group Exhibition Featuring Artists: Aoife Scott, Margo Banks, Sarah Gallagher, Dave West, Corrina Earlie, PamelaLeonard, Sorca O’Farrell, Mark Cullen, Leonard Sexton and introducing Artist Naomi Taitz Duffy.
The Exhibition runs from Monday 2nd December until Monday 13Th. January 2020.
Aoife Scott is an Irish artist, based in Dublin. She graduated from the National College of Art-and Design, Dublin in 2013 with an honours degree in Fine Art Print. Upon graduating Aoife received The Graphic Studio Graduate Award where she made work for four years before moving to London in 2017 to study a Masters in Fine Art Print at The Royal College of Art.Aoife recently moved back to Dublin where she is working part time with Stoney Road Press and part time lecturing at The National College of Art and Design. She remains a full time member of The Graphic Studio Dublin and has recently joined Pallas Projects/Studio where she is currently making work for a solo exhibition in 2020. Sarah Gallagher is an Irish artist who lives and works in Howth, County Dublin.
“Sarah is one of those exceptional artists who brings a personal poetic vision to her considerable artistic skills. Her landscape and seascape paintings are imbued with a strong sense of the rhythm and flow of nature, and delivered with a fresh, intuitive assurance. Sarah finds her subject matter close to her home in Howth – trees bent in the wind, a cloud filled sky, moving water, cliff face and rocky shore. Her paintings have an atmospheric quality,energised by broad, flowing brush strokes and strongly textured knife marks. Sparks of unexpected colour dance on the surface of the canvas and delight the eye. Sarah’s paintings are above all a true expression of her reflective and creative spirit – full of colour, passion,life and heart.” ‘Breda Malley’
Dave West was born and raised in South Wales and is now settled in Balbriggan, NorthCounty Dublin. He studied at the Carmarthenshire College of Art & Design and recently completed a degree in Art History with the Open University. He has mounted 13 solo exhibitions including "Nocturama" at Draiocht Arts Centre, "Spectral" at the Leinster Gallery and 2 with the Blue Leaf Gallery. He has exhibited widely in Group Shows including theRoyal Hibernian Academy, Royal Ulster Academy and Eígse, and in the UK with the RoyalWest of England Academy, Royal Society of Oil Painters, Royal Society of Marine Artists,The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of British Artists, and the UK Pastel Society, at which he won the 2013 Schminke Award. In Ireland he is a regular exhibitor at both theRoyal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Ulster Academy. In 2017, he won the Gold Award at "Art in the Open" Plein Air Festival in Wexford, Ireland.
In his current work Mark applies oil paint to canvas with various palette knives and brushes to form common and everyday objects, or familiar sea and landscapes. Lines and shapes are marked out with charcoal. Paint is layered on, then partly scraped back with palette knives, scratched out with screwdrivers, ends of brushes, or pencils, and then heavy loads of paint are re-layered around what appear to be nervous and irregular lines but in truth redefining lines made with an absolute sureness by the artist. Mark plays with depth, scale,and perspective so that we are never certain about the plane of the subject. His interest lies in the simplicity of form and line rather than the detail, but always giving the sense of place or object. These tactile images merge with the foreground breaking the consistency of the horizontals leaving the viewer with uneasy but simple and familiar images.
Corrina Earlie’s paintings each tell a short story in capsule form: children’s toys are abandoned on a deserted beach; a no-parking sign stands forlornly in a misty field, where no one is ever likely to want to park; a seaside resort is shrouded in rain. The compositions are pared back, meticulously edited, to pinpoint the essence of the scene at a particular moment in time, and to evoke suggestion and meaning.The effects of light play a dramatic part in the works. They appear to be illuminated from within, a glow emanates. She often paints her subjects in early morning, or evening light,when shadows are long and colours are intense. These transitionary times of day are full of possibility, of the day ahead, or the evening to come. There is nostalgia and future hope tied up in the same image. A powerful combination.Other works celebrate the joy of midday by the coast, whether it’s the blues of sea and sky near the artist’s home in Howth, or the more rugged environs of County Clare, where she also paints, with its rural expanses and vernacular architecture. East and West feel different,but the same elements are at work: selecting, editing, composing, suggesting narratives.These small works are hard won. Her process involves building up the paint in multiple layers, often sanding back in between, until the desired surface and intensity of colour is achieved. It takes time and patience, but brings a depth to the image that cannot obtained by short-cuts. The results are beautifully composed and crafted vignettes, a visual diary recording a unique vision
‘Una Sealy RHA March 2017’.
Sorca O’ Farrell is a landscape artist from Howth, Co. Dublin. She attended D.L.A.D.T. andN.C.A.D., receiving an honours degree in Fine Art, and continuing to complete a H .Dip, with distinction. Recent awards include the Drawing Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy exhibition2017, and the Hamilton Gallery award at Cairde Visual 2016.Her work has been included in the exhibition ‘A Celebration of Drawing’ at the NationalGallery of Ireland. She has also exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy s Annual exhibition (2018,2017,2016,2015) , the Royal Ulster Academy92018,2017,2016), and many other group shows. ‘Re-Visits’ was the title of her most recent solo show at The HamiltonGallery Sligo in 2017. In 2018 she was short-listed for the Royal Academy Annual Exhibition London. Her current work is a direct and emotional response to the landscape close to where she lives, a place with many memories. Her work is represented in the public art collections of ; The National Gallery of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank Collection, The Office ofPublic Works, Dun laoghaire / Rathdown County Council , The Department of Transport Northern Ireland, along with many private collections both in Ireland and abroad.
A graduate of NCAD Leonard is especially renowned for her exceptional landscapes. Her works explore light and dark and focuses on capturing these elements in forests and glades.Inspired by the Irish landscape Leonard revisits places and scenes that are familiar to her such as the costal areas surrounding Howth, which have a particular resonance to the artist in capturing light. Furthermore the misty atmosphere across the mutable landscapes ofDonegal, West Limerick and West Cork are an ongoing source of inspiration for her work.Through her skill as a printmaker, she has developed a methodology for printing multiple colours using only two plates, yet creating great depth through line and tone by overlapping primary colours. The artist has designed 16 stamps for An Post and has won an award in Japan for stamp design. She has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin for many years and her work is in the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland and the Watercolor Society of Ireland’s permanent collection, both at the University of Limerick. Other collections include the Office of Public Works, the Arts Council, P&O Cruises UK, and HQ Global Work Places(The Netherlands). D. O’Sullivan Graphic Supplies awarded her the prize for Graphic Work of Distinction at the Annual RHA Exhibition in 1991.
Leonard Sexton, painting now for 30 years, studied painting under Patrick Graham, one ofIreland’s most renowned contemporary artists. He taught for some years after graduation,before embarking on a career which saw him rapidly develop his own individual style, as well as creating a following which has resulted in several sell-out exhibitions.Leonard Sexton’s practice is concerned with projecting a visual embodiment of reality in a state of constant flux. His paintings are compilations of marks referencing continuously evolving change and movement – extending to Sexton’s ‘real-time’ process of mark-making.Sexton’s physical process has been referenced by Crawford Gallery director Peter Murray's “layer upon layer, using drips, accidents, the transparency of linseed oil and the opaqueness of pigment…” and summarised as “explorations of the vocabulary of painting.”
Born in 1951 and living once again in her childhood home in Clontarf with sweeping views ofDublin Bay, Margo Banks was an artistically precocious child and began oil painting classes at 13 years of age. She moved to Spain where she met her late husband Miguel with whom she had three sons. Fifteen years later she returned to Dublin and Clontarf with her three young children and worked hard at developing her art practice. She initially worked in ceramics; building a kiln in her garage and from there moved into bronze sculpture, before returning to drawing and painting. With each medium, she enjoyed early success, and has shown for many years at the Royal Hibernian Academy and Royal Ulster Academy; amongst many solo shows. Her work now sits in private collections across Ireland, the UK andHolland, as well as the Office of Public Works, Enterprise Ireland and Cill Rialaig Arts Centre.
Naomi Taitz Duffy
Naomi Taitz Duffy is a painter whose practice involves examining colour relationships through patterns of elemental shapes. Naomi’s paintings are made with acrylics on wood panels. Each piece is developed through layering as colour combinations are explored.Naomi was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis. After spending several years teaching primary school, Naomi returned to her art practice and currently paints full time along with taking care of her two young children. She recently relocated with her family to Dublin, Ireland, where she works out of her home studio in Howth, a fishing village by the Irish sea. Naomi’s paintings have been exhibited around the United States are held in private collections internationally.