Fergus Bourke’s The Bottle Throwers is now part of the David Kronn Collection at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. This collection comprises of more than 550 photographs ranging in content from 19th-century Daguerreotypes to works by icons of modern photography. In 2011, IMMA staged the first exhibition from this collection, and on August 2, 2014 opened Second Sight, a further view of works amassed by Dr. David Kronn. The exhibition includes many images of Ireland in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, a period in which “The Bottle Throwers” was taken, and juxtaposes them with contemporary photographs. Second Sight is on view now through November 9, 2014, and more information can be found here. See work from Fergus Bourke at SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin.
Jewellery designer Helena Malone is featured in our current exhibition Amárach/Interplay with her Savage Beauty series of works. Malone is an award winning artist who considers the jewellery making process a journey in itself. For this series she was inspired by Louis Le Brocquy’s Tain, and chose to make organic and textural pieces cast in the shapes of branches and thorns.
Malone was interviewed on her craft by RTÉ where she speaks of how she started on her career path and what inspires her pieces. The full interview can be seen here.
See Helena Malone’s work in Amárach/Interplay, on now at SO Fine Art Editions.
This month, Roads publishing presents Reservoir, Sketchbooks and Selected Works, from artist Alice Maher. The book is illustrated with pages from Maher’s sketchbooks from between 1986 and 2012.
Reservoir includes drawings of some of her most famous works, among them a dress made of bees from 1994, and writings related to art and her life at the time. It’s an intimate view into the creation of works, from the initial idea to their completion.
Read the article in the Irish Times here.
Culture Night in Dublin is almost here. This annual event will be held on Friday, September 19, with special hours and events at cultural organisations and venues around the city. SO Fine Art Editions will keep the doors open late, making it the perfect chance to view fine artworks, including our current exhibition Amárach/Interplay. For information on events happening during Culture Night in Dublin a programme is available here. You can follow SO Fine Art Editions on Twitter and Facebook for more details on our Culture Night activities.
Jewellery designer Eimear Conyard is featured in the September 11 issue of the Irish Examiner, where she discusses the balance between function and art. Conyard says in the interview:
“The idea that jewellery is not merely adornment, but also an object independent from the body, has been a driving force in my work as a jewellery and timepiece designer over the past 18 years,”
You can read the full article from the Irish Examiner here. View works by Eimear Conyard, including the necklace seen above, in our current exhibition Amárach/Interplay, on now through October 17.
SO Fine Art Editions held the opening for its new exhibition Amárach/Interplay on Thursday, September 11. The event was opened by Irish fashion designer Michael Mortell and gallery director Catherine O’Riordan, who spoke on the significance of the pieces and artists involved.
The gallery was delighted to have several of the designers and artists featured in the exhibition to speak with guests about their works and practice.
SO Fine Art Editions is delighted to have two new works from Blaise Drummond. His intaglio prints ‘Muuratsalo’ and ‘Music School’ are inspired by the interplay of natural and architectural forms. It’s through the combination of landscape and modernist architecture that Drummond attempts to show the balance of where man stands in relation to everything else. As the artist comments on the work ‘Muuratsalo’:
“The print ‘Muuratsalo’ is based on an image of the boat shed at Alvar Aalto’s Experimental Summer House on the island of Muuratsalo, Jyväskylä, Finland. I have made a lot of works over the years based on the architecture of Alvar Aalto, probably because of his particular emphasis within Modernism on the relation between the built environment and the natural world.”
Blaise Drummond, 2014
Each print is hand stitched, a technique the artist has used throughout his career; Drummond continues:
“For years now I’ve included sewing in the paintings as a sort of overwrought collage so it seemed an obvious formal solution here, particularly because of its close relation to a drawn coloured pencil line, only with the extra something of the slight element of 3D and the needle holes.”
Blaise Drummond, 2014
Blaise Drummond was born in Liverpool in 1967, but has lived and worked in Ireland for many years. His influences include 1960s American land art, punk rock, the characteristic architecture of Le Corbusier and Alvar Alto, the notes made by writer Henry D. Thoreau during his stay at Walden, and the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich. These sources of inspiration may at first glance seem widely disparate, but all are concerned with contradictions between nature and culture, i.e. the civilised versus the uncontrollable.
Drummond’s works are represented in several public collections, including the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France; the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
SO Fine Art’s artist Derek Wilson is featured in the current issue of San Francisco based journal ‘Vhcle’. Wilson’s practice as a ceramicist centres on the making of a diverse range of contemporary objects, from the functional to the sculptural.
Dominic Turner is exhibiting his Dream Park series at the Skibbereen Arts Festival. The festival covers all varieties of art and includes Irish and international talents. Dominic Turner is a fine art photographer based in Dublin whose work is influenced by the 19th century pictorialists, and he seeks to revise this style to have greater relevance in the 21st century. The festival runs 25th July – 2nd August and more info can be found at http://www.skibbereenartsfestival.com/dream-park
SO Fine Art Editions also has many new works and new artists in the gallery.
Alison Pilkington is a painter and printmaker who specialises in relief printmaking and lithography, and in particular has concentrated on an etched lino technique to produce graphic work that echoes the strong painterly qualities that she has become known for.
Taffina Flood is a Dublin based artist whose paintings and prints have been widely exhibited in Ireland and internationally. She currently lectures at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
See more of his work at www.sofinearteditions.com/richard-gorman/
The June 29th Sunday Times Culture showcases the rise of the photobook among contemporary photographers. Author Pavel Barter says “If self-published photobooks are a worldwide phenomenon, then Irish photographers are writing their own chapter”, (June 29th 2014) Every Picture Tells a Story, The Sunday Times Culture (16-17). The article also cites quotes from photographers in SO Fine Art Editions’ current exhibition, ‘Negative/Positive’, Eamonn Doyle and Patrick Hogan. Also featured is Paul Gaffney’s ‘We Make the Path by Walking’, at Oliver Sears Gallery, opening Thursday, 3rd July.
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SO Fine Art Editions has announced its new exhibition, Negative/Positive, a group photography exhibition. For more information please see here.
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