A Dark Horse

by Tony O Connor @ The Doorway Gallery, Dublin

International award winning equine artist and Sample-Studios member, Tony O Connor will hold his first solo show in the capital, at The Doorway Gallery, South Frederick St, Dublin on Friday 13th April.  The exhibition will be officially opened at 7.00 by Tracy Piggott, and will run until May 10th.

‘Awesome… Breathtaking… Stunning… The paintings speak volumes to any horse lover. O’Connor’s superbly accurate renderings and meticulous draughtsmanship result in a photorealism that is both unmistakable and unforgettable. However his lavish use of monochromatic black and white gives an opulence and style, which makes his work appeal to a broader audience. Anyone who appreciates classic elegance cannot help but be drawn in. The sheer scale of the pieces, void of any background, serves to highlight the natural physical perfection of the horse. O’Connor’s success in creating such breathtakingly beautiful images perhaps lies in his bringing together a degree in fine art, encompassing the technical know-how such instruction begets, a disciplined approach to horse anatomy and an undeniable passion for the equine form. There is nothing in the painting to detract the viewer’s focus from the horse, the musculature, expression, movements of the.,  tail and mane. The work has a certain opulence deserving of the majesty of the horse’


Persistence of Vision

by Richard Forrest @ The Joinery, Dublin

Opening reception Thursday 8th March 6-8pm

8th – 12th March 2012 (Runs daily 12-6pm)

Persistence of vision is a phenomenon of the eye in which an afterimage is believed to last for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina. This exhibition by Richard Forrest is an examination of how one’s mind and senses respond to imagery – video, sound and sculpture. In turn the work attempts to subvert our perceptions of digital technologies.

In his current practice Forrest explores a relationship with technology by making, hacking, glitching and subverting assumed uses of digital media. Persistence of Vision aims to simultaneously challenge and excite the senses.

Richard Forrest was chosen by the Joinery as part of the 2011 graduate programme.

Richard Forrest (born 1988, Youghal, Co. Cork) at present, lives in Cork city where he is currently working as a practising artist. He graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2011 with first class honours in his studio practice. Forrest is a founding member of Sample Studios. He also works as a gallery facilitator in the Lewis Glucksman Gallery. In 2011, he was awarded the Tyndell Purchase prize, the CIT Registrars Prize: Research Bursary, the Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary Award (6 month residency at Backwater studios), the Cork Printmakers Studio Bursary Award and the Joinery Graduate Selection Prize for his work at last year’s Crawford degree show exhibition, C:/forward. Forrest’s practice is multi-disciplinary. It frequently incorporates sculpture, video, image and sound art.





by The Project Twins @ MadArt Gallery, Dublin

MadArt Gallery is proud to present A-Z OF UNUSUAL WORDS by The Project Twins and invite you for an opening reception on Thursday 3rd November 6-9 pm.

A-Z of Unusual Words is an exciting exhibition of 26 graphic works by design and illustration studio The Project Twins. They use bold graphics and visual wit to interpret and represent a collection of strange,unusual and lost words. These images explore the meaning behind the words, which are sometimes even more strange or unusual. This project explores the synthesis between form and content, and words and images with the aim of producing work that is both visually interesting and informative.

The Project Twins are James and Michael Fitzgerald, a design and illustration duo based in Cork City. They divide their time between client projects and personal work and are members of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland. Their work is influenced by vintage poster art, modernism and graphic design from the mid 20th Century. Starting with a graphic idea they use basic shapes, combining earthy tones with vibrant colours to create work that is playful, witty and visually striking.

The show will take a place from 3rd to 10th of November 2011.  This exhibition is part of Design Week 2011 and Innovation Dublin.

MadArt Gallery
56 Lower Gardiner street,
Dublin 1


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