SO Fine Art Editions marks the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth with a prestigious exhibition entitled ‘A lonely impulse of delight’ featuring works from Ireland’s top writers and artists. This exhibition is part of the official ‘Yeats 2015’ celebrations and incorporates the works of 32 visual artists, writers and sculptors.
John Banville, Eavan Boland, Paul Muldoon, Edna O’Brien, Colm Tóibín, Aoife Scott , Jean Bardon, James McCreary,Ed Miliano, Amelia Stein, Yoko Akino, Louise Leonard, Niamh Flanagan, Niall Naessens, Paul Gaffney, Leo Higgins, Donald Teskey, Hughie O’Donoghue, Richard Gorman, Diana Copperwhite, Martin Gale, Michael Canning, Barbara Rae, Norman Ackroyd, Stephen Lawlor, Lars Nyberg, Kelvin Mann, Kate Mac Donagh, Vincent Sheridan, Lina Nordenström, Michael Cullen, and John Behan
The exhibition is now open until 30 January, 2016, and also includes personal letters, broadsides and other items from Cuala Press and WB Yeats on display.
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SO Fine Art Editions will be presenting at VUE, the national contemporary art fair. We will be bringing new works from our gallery artists, including Donald Teskey, Yoko Akino, Jonathan Hunter, and Stephen Lawlor as well as works from emerging artists Aoife Scott and Neil Dunne. View abstract and figurative works and the broad range of printmaking techniques, making this the event of the year for fine art print collectors.
VUE Art Fair will be held at the RHA Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
You can see more galleries and works exhibiting at this year’s fair at www.vueartfair.ie
VUE Opening Hours
Thursday, 5 November (Preview) 6pm-8pm
Friday, 6 November 11am-8pm
Saturday, 7 November 11am-7pm
Sunday, 8 November 12pm-6pm
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Aoife Scott, Solitude, Etching
Aoife Scott started her study of art with drawing and design, but found her real passion in printmaking. We asked her about the journey from student to professional artist, her practice, and the life of an artist.
SO: When and how did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Aoife Scott: I always knew that I wanted to go to art college. When I began my core year in NCAD I thought I would go into design, either Printed Textiles or Visual Communications, but I enjoyed the print modules so much that I decided to specialise in Printmaking. However, it wasn’t actually until towards the end of my fourth year, in the lead up to my degree show when I saw all my work coming together for the exhibition that I realised I wanted to make art for a living….to be an artist.
SO: What made you decide on printmaking?
Aoife Scott: I really enjoyed the intaglio module we did in core year and after deciding to specialise in print my main focus for the remaining three years was on intaglio. I loved the idea of being able to work into and rework a copper plate, layering lines, tones and adding textures. Making the copper plates is my favourite part of the process. Also, my strength and love has always been drawing, so I liked that print lends itself very well to this.
SO: Which artists, whether printmakers or any medium, inspire you the most?
Aoife Scott: Norman Ackroyd, Michael Goro and Niamh Flanagan are a few printmakers who have really inspired me and my work in the last few years. Also, I have always loved the etchings of Matisse and Picasso and the beautiful work of Egon Schiele and Hope Gangloff.
SO: What inspires or informs your work?
Aoife Scott: I have always been drawn to derelict buildings and structures, whether it is an old cottage, shop front, abandoned bath tub or a forgotten boathouse. I get excited when I walk into a space and see little reminders of what once was, and then I begin to form memories, whether they are real of fantasy. I try to imagine who lived there or what the space was used for. Often, when I am exploring these abandoned spaces I am reminded of my own past, so the merging of memories is something that inspires my work. My work also reflects a journey, the journey I am taking to become an artist, which strives for a purpose and a place in society. I navigate through past and present moments, searching for clarity and meaning. The feeling of wandering and searching is quite strong in my work.
SO: How has your process changed from graduation to being a professional artist?
Aoife Scott: I am still working in intaglio, but my printmaking techniques and skills have improved hugely since graduating. I have learnt so much from working in a professional environment such as The Graphic Studio for the last two years. Printing and working alongside successful artists who have been working in print for years can been slightly intimidating at times, but from asking questions and watching them work my skills and knowledge are improving everyday.
SO: What advice would you give young artists starting out?
Aoife Scott: One piece of advice I would give is that if you really want to be an artist and succeed you need to really commit 100%. I left my part-time job recently, which was the best thing i could have done for my career. I may not have a steady income, but I am now 100% focused on my art. I have more drive and motivation to become a successful artist and to make a living from it. Also, try to apply for as many exhibitions and residencies that you can. Building up your CV and getting your name out there in the first few years after college is really important. Also, try to stay connected with the art community.
SO: Can you describe a normal day for you, whether you are in the studio, drawing or meeting with galleries?
Aoife Scott: At the moment I am working towards a few exhibitions so I am quite busy.
I try to get into the studio most days. If I am printing, I like to go in really early or late in the evening when it’s quiet. It’s nice to have the studio to yourself. If I am drawing onto my plates I usually work from home. I like get up at around 6.30am, when my concentration is at its best and draw for four to five hours. I also try to get to a life drawing class every week. At the moment I am doing the tutored life drawing classes in the RHA once a week, which are great. Then whenever I have free time, I try to get to current exhibitions taking place in Dublin. Thursday night openings are great for making connections with others artists and a nice way to meet up with old friends from college.
Aoife Scott will give a printmaking demonstration in the gallery on Saturday, 12 September, as part of Dublin Gallery Weekend. Follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more news on the demonstration and future events at SO Fine Art Editions.
Culture Night, the annual all-Ireland public event celebrating culture, will take place on Friday, 18 September. Cultural institutions all over the city will be open late, holding workshops and talks, and taking part in events that show the arts in Ireland. SO Fine Art Editions will host a print demonstration with printmaker Susan Mannion. Explore the art of wood etching, learn about the tools of the trade and watch as a print is created. The demonstration will start at 7pm, but we’ll be open until 9pm to show works from some of Ireland’s leading artists.
There’s no better time to see fine art in Dublin than during the first ever Dublin Gallery Weekend. The celebration of art and galleries in the city will take place 11-13 September, 2015, and SO Fine Art Editions has an exciting event planned for the weekend. Join us on Saturday, 12 September, from 2pm to 4pm, for a printmaking demonstration from award winning printmaker Aoife Scott. Visitors will have the opportunity to view first hand the skill and artistry of printmaking. To book your free ticket for the event please email us at email@example.com.
Dublin Gallery Map will be guiding tours of Dublin’s galleries during the weekend, a great chance to see new galleries in the city. To see all the tours, exhibitions, talks and more please view the programme at Dublin Gallery Map.
Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn’, from Revolver Gallery
With the vast amount of artists, exhibitions and events focused on printmaking in Ireland, we tend to keep our eye on the scene at home. For this week’s blog post we’ve cast our net to find the best exhibitions around the world showcasing the medium of print. Ranging from Renaissance to contemporary, and including some icons of printmaking, these exhibitions are some to see for all lovers of print.
Camille Graeser, Bewegter Raum, from Museum Kunstpalast
Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast, ‘Aus der Reihe bewegt’ – The printmaking of Camille Graeser, on now until 26 July
‘Represent abstract thoughts in a sensuous and tangible form’, written by a member of the ‘Zurich Concretists’, perfectly sums up the group’s manifesto on art. The movement they created in ‘Concrete art’ sought to take art away from realism and symbolism, and focus instead solely on line, colour and plane. This can’t be better seen perhaps than in the work of one of the group’s founding members, Camille Graeser. This exhibition at Museum Kunstpalast is a retrospective of Graeser’s over 40 year career making prints. The works, while following the geometric principles laid out in Concrete art, also show Graeser’s playful handling of the elements. ‘Aus der Reihe bewegt’ runs until 26 July, 2015.
Thomas Schütte, ‘Low Tide Wandering’ Installation, from Whitworth Art Gallery
Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, ‘Low Tide Wandering’ – Thomas Schütte, on now until 19 July
The Whitworth is already known fort its outstanding collection of prints, so when they put on a solo exhibition one can expect some impressive examples of the medium. ‘Low Tide Wandering’ is a series of 139 etchings by German artist Thomas Schütte, with a unique presentation. Works are suspended above, forcing the audience to move around the space and view art in a new way, with the aim to recreate the artist’s state of mind as he was making the works. There’s still some time to see the show if you hurry, ‘Low Tide Wandering’ is on until 19 July.
Toronto, 77 Bloor St, W, Warhol Revisited, on now until 31 December
One of art’s most famous figures, the name Andy Warhol conjures images of pop art soup cans and celebrity portraits. ‘Warhol Revisited’ is a collection of those iconic works in painting and print, showing now until 31 December. Screen printing was integral to Warhol’s practice, allowing him to reproduce patterns and images for his desired effect, which is most visible in this collection. This exhibition also brings together works from several distinguished museums and collections, for a truly once in a lifetime compilation of Warhol work.
Los Angeles, Getty Research Institute, ‘A Kingdom of Image: French Prints in the age of Louis XIV’, on now until 6 September
A specific time and place have produced an extensive variety of prints that vary in style, subject and scale in ‘A Kingdom of Image’ at the Getty Research Institute. This exhibition features nearly 100 prints from the time period, in an era when French society was flooded with prints promoting culture and art, making Paris the most prominent print producer in Europe. This fine and interesting collection is on display until 6 September.
Domenico del Barbiere, ‘Gloria after Rosso Fiorentino’, from National Gallery of America
Washington D.C., National Gallery of America, ‘Ideas Made Flesh: Italian Renaissance Prints’ on now until October 4
From biblical stories and Greek myths to modern humanist ideas, ‘Ideas Made a Flesh’ explores how print was used to communicate to a larger audience than had previously been imagined. Through the expertise of Italian printmakers, these beautiful and intricate images show the technical advances of the day. To have a collection of works this well made from the period is rare, making this exhibition a truly extraordinary event.
Irish Design 2015 has shown an impressive programme of exhibitions, conferences, workshops and events, and their upcoming exhibition of emerging artists, ‘Fresh Talent’, promises to deliver an exciting collection of new Irish design. We’ve highlighted here some of the makers we’ll be watching out for.
Orla Reynolds, As if from Nowhere
Orla Reynolds walks the line between functional and artistic with furniture based on the principle of transformation. ‘As if from Nowhere’ is a fitting title for these works that fit together seamlessly yet also stand alone. Reynolds’ work has already been featured in the Sunday Times, Irish Examiner, Irish Independent, Sunday Independent and Sunday Business Post as well as publications worldwide.
Kevin Callaghan, Off the Planet
Kevin Callaghan can be described as a ceramicist, sculptor, and photographer as his work alternates between different mediums. However his use of bold colour and strong form are constants throughout, and his inspiration in Utopian philosophy and science fiction drives his practice. Callaghan is shortlisted for the Young Masters Art Prize and has upcoming shows at the London Art Fair, and Collect at the Saatchi Gallery among others.
Rebecca Marsden is a designer of women’s wear that focusses on fabric and process. To say intricate when describing Marsden’s design would be an understatement, as through fabric manipulation and pattern making Marsden creates organic shapes throughout her pieces. Marsden was awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ 2014 as well as the overall ‘Innovation Award’ at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards 2014. Her work has been featured in the Create project at Brown Thomas for the last three years.
‘Fresh Talent’ opens at the ID2015 Design Hub at Dublin Castle July 3, and runs through September 20, 2015.
Ed Miliano, Diary
“By adding light, colour, seasons and place, Ed Miliano draws us to understand and see beyond the known to the beautiful.”
Read Ed Miliano’s interview with Zoneone Arts, where the artist discusses painting, printmaking and some of his most ambitious projects.
John Kelly, First Berg
For all art lovers in Tasmania, John Kelly’s Antarctic paintings and book, ‘Beyond Woop Woop: John Kelly in Antarctica’, will launch at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart. This exhibition opens Friday, 12 June and runs until 20 September, 2015. Kelly went on a fascinating journey for three months and produced over 50 paintings. Please see here for more information on the exhibition. See more of John Kelly’s work from SO Fine Art Editions on his artist’s page.
If you’ve ever seen a beautifully carved wooden vessel from Liam Flynn and wondered how he creates these pieces, we have a video from the artist while making one his ‘Footed Vessels’. The intricate carving and skill can be seen in every step of the process. The finished works can be seen in SO Fine Art Editions, and on Liam Flynn’s artist’s page.
Hughie O’Donoghue, Green Man
“For me, the process of painting is like archaeology in reverse…” See a behind the scenes view of Hughie O’Donoghue RA in his London studio. You can view O’Donoghue’s original fine art prints on his artist’s page.
Colin Davidson will be exhibiting his portrait of Brad Pitt at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The exhibition ‘Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze’, features 54 portraits from artists including Chuck Close, Elizabeth Peyton, Annie Leibovitz and others. Don’t miss this amazing collection of portraits, the exhibition run 22nd May, 2015 – 10th July, 2016. You can view his original lithograph, only available from SO Fine Art Editions, on his artist’s page.
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