- Sean Grimes 2015 MPGA WINNER
- Leah Smith
- Kate Murphy
- Jennifer Cunningham
- Genieve Figgis
- Aisling Conroy
- Miriam Mc Connon
- Anne Hendrick
- Mars Wright
- Ciara O Hara
- Suzanne Mooney
- Clare Henderson
- Beatrice O Connell
- John O Reilly
- Michelle Considine
- Bennie Reilly
- Sanja Todorovic
- Laura Fitzgerald
- Joe Stanley
- Louise Butler
- Jane Fogarty
- Alan Daly
- Claire Halpin
Sean Grimes 2015 MPGA WINNERResident Talbot Gallery Artist
Sean Grimes practice is centred on modes of collection. He gathers and arranges images and objects both physically and with the use of photography and drawing. Arrangement and sequencing of the collected materials presents a large scope for narrative development. Grimes attempts to draw-out or focus attention to these sequences by overlaying a secondary visual language, such as the use of bespoke frames.
The photographs included in his degree exhibition follow the principals of the snapshot and are taken largely without the use of the viewfinder to compose the photograph. This way of working allows a perspective which is slightly at odds with our normal standpoint. The photographs are arranged to form sets which lead the viewer into a narrative pathway. Amongst the photographic works are drawings which have been made by overlaying tracings of aspects of diagrams sourced from a variety of books. By nature, diagrams afford the producer a visualisation of an object or scenario which is beyond their physical grasp. This way of working has evolved from the production of schematic diagrams relating to spatial layouts of photographs and sculptures. The assemblage sculpture in the exhibition Get Yourself Together Or Fall Apart (2015) uses a combination of the two approaches outlined above, A layering of images to form a whole and a layout which challenges the viewer to make connections. It makes use of sentimentally loaded birthday cards and practical yet beautiful glass fishing floats to engage the viewer in a kind of non-verbal reasoning.
Leah SmithResident Talbot Gallery Artist
Most Promising Graduate Award Winner 2014
Kate MurphyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Kate's work is concerned with 'the house', as an extension of The Self, as an archetype of both physical and psychological boundary and as the primary site of the development of personal, cultural, gender and sexual identity..
The house or dwelling, as an artifact, serves as a source of materials, forms and objects with which to investigate notions of social convention, ritual, nostalgia and the unconscious. The work is very personally grounded in expressions of longing, loss, embodiment and the duality of protection versus isolation.
At times, primitive or vernacular reflexes govern the language of the materials and the construction of the pieces; where aesthetic concerns are interchangeable with technical/structural requirements. The pieces attempt to intermingle primitive and classical aesthetics.
Through painting, found video and installation, the home is presented as having a dual function; as a private stage, as well as a very public showcase. Tension is created in the work by the exposure of the raw point between these public and private elements of the home, where the public face of ‘the house’ buffers the intimate space of ‘the home’.
Kate Murphy graduated from the National College of Art & Design in 2000 with an honors degree in Fine Art Sculpture. She was short-listed for the Golden Fleece Award in 2010 and was awarded the first prize Visual Arts Bursary by Wexford County Council in 2009, which supported a solo exhibition in Wexford Arts Centre in 2011.
Kate was one of four successful candidates to be recently awarded a placement on The Living Art Project, a 15-week artist-in-schools/studio support programme for County Wexford, which is co-funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Wexford County Council.
This is the Point of Contact will be opened by Mary Grehan, Arts Director of Waterford Healing Arts Trust, from 2-4pm on Saturday 12th of October 2013.
2014 The Living Art Project Exhibition, Wexford Arts Center
2013 Artisterium, Tiblisi, Georgia.
2013 This is the Point of Contact, Talbot Gallery, Dublin
2011 The Good Room, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2012 Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1
2011 Treat, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1, December 2011
2010 Con Structure, Ballina Arts Centre, July 2010
Art ‘10 (Interior Design and Art Fair)
Jennifer CunninghamPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Jennifer Cunningham works with paint, printmaking, film digital media and drawing. She has won several awards for her work including the Taylor art award and the Thomas Dammann travel award. She also exhibits both nationally and internationally. Most recently she was awarded an artist studio in the RHA School Dublin and at the Tyrone Guthrie centre, Annamacarrig. She is a member of the Blackchurch print studio in Dublin.
Her practice is anchored between the parameters of self and becoming self-aware. It also deals with our surroundings, peripheral zones and how familiar environments appear slightly unsettling or eerie to us. Central to her work is an ongoing exploration of identity, liminal space and personal subjectivity.
Genieve FiggisPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Artist Genieve Figgis has been painting portraits for over 12 years and holds a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Painting from NCAD. The artist has a fascination with people and is interested in how they present themselves. Her work has always been about the façade of people.
A portrait shows how people chose to be represented. Living in this digital age however, unflattering images are deleted, and we only get to see perfection. In her work, Figgis engages with what is hidden and feels this to be much more interesting. The work is in response to the idea of portraiture drawing from contemporary and historical resources where the truths are buried and images are fictionalised. The artist loves the opportunity that portrait offers, with its history and its spectacle. Choosing to paint on frame mounted board, the wooden stage becomes a herald for which the narcissism of portraiture allows the artist to manoeuvre the paint. This production of image is an attempt to describe the spectacle.
Having a keen interest in historical drama and theatre, Figgis reads historical fiction novels and loves nothing more than a trip to the National Gallery. Citing it as a place where you can step back in time and experience images from the past, the past being a safer place to be.
“There is a paradoxical beauty to Genieve Figgis's outstanding, Dorian Gray-like paintings of celebrities, their glamour curdled and sickly.”– Aidan Dunne, visual arts critic - The Irish Times.
Aisling ConroyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Conroy’s work explores human perception within an autonomous zone. Her work uses artificial and optical illusionary methods to create a space of sensory experience. With this, the work engenders a sense of false transcendence and uses these sensory elements as catalyst to transcend the participant within in the space.
Surrendering “the self” to the sensory elements of colour, form and sound is at the core of Aisling Conroy’s work. Noting the re-emergence of the collective and the individual’s idea of faith in modern society, the artist attempts to emulate the notion of “the sublime” that is often experienced when viewing Art; most notably in galleries, museums and in various forms of public sculpture and architecture, such as, monuments, churches, and shrines. Conroy uses the duality of dark and light, colour and form; in her painting, installation and sound work, and with this, creates abstractions of various models of sacred art, iconism and veneration in ritualistic manifestations.
Conroy’s work is multi-disciplinary using drawing, print, painting, sculpture, sound ,video and installation. She graduated from The National College of Art and Design with a BA Hons in Fine Art Printmaking in 2009 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2011. Conroy has exhibited in various venues around Ireland, as well as having exhibited abroad in the US and China. She has work in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally.
Miriam Mc ConnonPrevious Exhibiting Artist
There is a familiar quality to Miriam Mc Connon‘s recent work, like they communicate something that is personal to us. Her paintings are dependent on patient observational skills and an attention to detail. The work is hugely atmospheric and exudes a nostalgia that is both beautiful and sad.
Simple and quiet domestic scenes are the subject of Miriam’s recent work. Each scene has been carefully chosen by the artist. Everyday household objects occupy each scene. These objects have been well worn and bear the evidence of time passing. Each carries its own individual story.
The absence of the human presence is felt in these paintings. It is this absence that allows the viewer to focus solely on the objects and the space they occupy. It is the simplicity of these domestic scenes that touch us and hint at the complex emotions that are evoked through the memory of simple and mundane everyday life.
One cannot ignore the preoccupation with pattern in Miriam’s recent paintings. She highlights the pattern of objects, in some cases extending the pattern across the canvas, until the pattern becomes the dominant part of the painting. It is as if the artist wishes to give these simple scenes a sacred status, by taking the everyday and mundane and bringing it into the realm of the precious and adored.
Miriam’s recent paintings make us question the power that nostalgia has over us and its necessity in our lives.
Miriam Mc Connon graduated from NCAD in 1999, with a BA in Fine Art Painting. In 2000 she completed a postgraduate diploma at the Cyprus College of art. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland, London and Cyprus, including a solo exhibition, 'My Mackintosh Box' here at the Talbot Gallery in 2012. She was selected as one of the artists to participate at the 5th Beijing Biennale, China and the VIII Biennale of drawing Pilsen, Czech Republic, and her work has been recently purchased by the Cypriot Municipal galleries in Nicosia and in Limassol. Miriam lives and work in Cyprus.
Anne HendrickResident Talbot Gallery Artist
Anne Hendrick (b.1983, Wexford) has a BFA in Painting and History of Art from NCAD where she graduated in 2006. Since graduating Anne has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland in galleries such as TBG&S, the RHA, Monster Truck and Roscommon Arts Centre as well as the UK, Iceland and Barcelona.
As well as the Office of Public Works her work is part of the collections of Wesley College, Co. Dublin, Waters Technologies Ireland, the Talbot Gallery and private collections in Ireland, the UK and Berlin. She is a co-founder of the artist collective Scissors Cuts Paper who began working collaboratively in 2006. In 2011 she co-founded the artist-as-curator venture White Wolf Projects.
In 2012 she completed an artists’ residency programme with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists in Reykjavik. Her fifth solo show Hokum opened in 2012 and in October this year she will host her second solo show of 2014 with the Talbot Gallery, Dublin.
She works primarily in the medium of painting; she is also currently working with video and installation.
Mars WrightPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Through the process of painting, Wright's work endeavours to describe moments of being in an indeterminate state psychologically and physically.
Themes and subject matter draw on contemporary life and are inclusive of the commonplace and the everyday. The imagery of these themes strives to define personal experience to facilitate a mood that translates into a catalyst to evoke an encounter between the emotional and the rational.
Imagery includes and has included descriptions of travelling; motorways, representations of views from above the clouds, cityscapes, landscapes and architectural scenes mostly seen from a distance. Other images also include views of remote communities and empty buildings that generate an ethereal and anachronistic quality.
The unpredictable characteristic of paint seems to be evocative of the transient and it is through this medium that Wright is endeavouring to find a language to investigate the relationship between the social and individual consciousness.
Ciara O HaraPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Ciara O’Hara graduated in 2006 with a BA in Fine Art Print and History of Art from NCAD, she also has an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. Since 2006 Ciara has exhibited extensively in galleries such as Draiocht, Galway Arts Centre, The Cross, Adams Auctioneers, the RHA, the Talbot and the Stone Gallery. Her work has been shown within the Central Bank Dublin. Ciara regularly exhibits with the Graphic Studio Dublin where she is an active member. In 2008 Ciara traveled to Toronto, Canada where she worked with Open Studio printmaking studio as part of her MA studies. In 2009 Ciara undertook SIM and NES artist residencies in Iceland and has exhibited in Reykjavik and Skagaströnd. Her work is part of the Office of Public Works, Newman House UCD, Town of Skagaströnd Iceland, and several private collections
Suzanne MooneyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Suzanne Mooney is an Irish artist currently living in Japan. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Fine Art, Virtual Realities, from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and is currently the recipient of a Japanese government scholarship and a PhD student at Tama Art University in Tokyo.
Mooney’s research and Arts Practice examine how current representations of landscape in visual arts reflect the lived-space of our contemporary culture. In particular, taking into account issues of globalization, urbanization and rapid developments in technology within our societies. She is also exploring the development of an urban aesthetic within urban landscape photography in Japan and its relationship to the traditional landscape aesthetic.
Most recently, Mooney has published a photographic project in SuperMassiveBlackHole magazine and will have a solo exhibition with the Talbot Gallery, Dublin in 2012. In 2007, while on residency at The National Studio in Seoul, she was selected for Propose 7 vol.2 at the Kumho Museum of Art in Seoul. Between 2005 and 2008, she was commissioned to produce Digital Scenography, by Dance Theatre of Ireland, for three original productions; Watermark, Exodus and Parallel Horizons, which toured Ireland and Korea. Mooney has received support from a number of funding bodies, including The Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland. She has been awarded residencies in Iceland, Korea, Ireland and Spain and regularly travels to acquire material for new works.
Clare HendersonPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Clare recieved her degree in Fine Art from National College of Art and Design in 2005. She then received the Graphic Studio Dublin membership award and has since been a member. She makes drawings, paintings and prints and has had solo exhibitions in Monstertruck Gallery and Talbot Gallery. Her third solo exhibition is opening in Galway University Hospital on November 11th. She has also shown work in group shows around Ireland, Poland and Iceland, including the National Gallery, in an exhibition titled 'Revelation'. She teaches printmaking in Graphic Studio Dublin and often demonstrates and teaches printmaking and drawing in galleries around Dublin, including, The National Gallery and IMMA.
She creates etchings, drypoints, lithographs, 3-D pieces, pencil drawings and paintings of animals, humans and the man made-world to evoke commmon elements, which I believe are inherent in us all. Like stills from a film, or a stage set, my pieces are snapshots from my imagination. I am interested in analog contraptions and in the fact that they will always require human contact both to be started and perhaps more importantly to be stopped. I find inspiration in the sea, the rain, the mist and the fog. They remain an infinite wonder.
Beatrice O ConnellPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Beatrice O'Connell graduated from the BA in Fine Art, DIT in 1996. She had her first solo exhibition in that year in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. O'Connell has had solo exhibitions in the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, The Talbot Gallery, Dublin. O'Connell has been the recipient of various awards at Íontas, Éigse Carlow and a Dublin Corporation Bursary. Her work is in various public collections such as the OPW and AXA Insurance
John O ReillyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
John O'Reilly has been a committed graffiti artist for 17 years, only recently has he taken up painting oil on canvas. He's drawn to areas that may have lent themselves as sites to graffiti. His urban landscapes aim to portray serenity and reflection within environments of noise and clutter. John has exhibited extensively in recent years with Monster Truck, RHA, The Talbot Gallery, Cheerylane Fine Arts and several group events with the Jonathan Swift Gallery. He was awarded a Per Cent for Arts Scheme in 2010. In 2009 he was the only selected artist of 36 participants to present paintings at EV+A. In 2011 He was also selected to participate in Dublin Contemporary's "Roadworks" street art / graffiti project.
Michelle ConsidinePrevious Exhibiting Artist
Capturing the atmosphere of the natural landscape is key to Considine’s work. Using a range of media she focuses on land and skyscapes concentrating on scenes that have a strong dynamic in which the use of colour is often highly charged. Considine lives and works in Dublin. Recent shows include Room Outside, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Life Vividly Lived, Monster Truck Gallery and the RHA Annual Exhibition. Upcoming shows include a solo show in Talbot Gallery and group shows in Pallas Contemporary Projects and the Ballina Arts Centre.
Bennie ReillyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Bennie Reilly’s practice focuses largely on the natural world, working mostly in the mediums of painting, drawing, and more recently sculpture and sound installation. The artist has had two solo shows to date in Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin and Roscommon Art Centre, her third will take place in Talbot Gallery, 2012. This November the artist’s sound work will tour Belfast and Finland with Featherweight Portable Museum and in January she will attend the SIM residency program in Iceland.
Sanja TodorovicPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Sanja Todorović studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin (2004-08); the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan (2007); and is currently studying at the Royal College of Art, London (2011-13). Her first solo exhibition took place at the Talbot Gallery in 2009. Selected group exhibitions include RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London (2011); 180th RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin (2010; invited artist); The Wandering Image, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (20009). Awards include the Arts Council Travel & Training Award (2011) and the Fingal County Council Emerging Artist Award (2009). Her work is held in the Office of Public Works. She was born in 1987 in Belgrade and currently lives and works in London.
The foremost concern in Todorović’s works is the medium of paint and how it, as an obstinate sensuous particular with its own physicality, can carry the potential for meaning and conviction. Rather than solely relying on relations borne out of line and colour, the works put trust upon paint matter as a precise material substance whose optical properties become, in the process of painting, visibly non-detachable from its tactile properties. The works make allusions to generic subject matter—usually architectural models and out-of-the-way anonymous buildings, but also various objects, figures, and landscapes, most of which are dealt with repetitively. However, despite these motifs, the works try to render this imagery meaningless by making the liquid pigment surface, heavily marked because it is worked and re-worked, assert itself as a tangible entity making the painting an open, anti-illusory object
Laura FitzgeraldPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Laura Fitzgerald was born in 1983 and received a first class honours degree in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art & Design in 2007. She also studied in the Academy of Fine Art Leipzig and in Parsons School of Design in New York. Recent shows include: A tourist in Reality with artist Laura Byrne; Holding Together, a group show with the Douglas Hyde Gallery and the Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London. Future projects include a Percent for Art Commission for Castledermot National School Co.Kildare, collaborating with dancer Cathy O Kennedy.
Joe StanleyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Joe Stanley is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Joe Stanley has been exhibited throughout Europe and his work is in private collections in America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His practice is an exploration of space and its physical boundaries within a modern construct. The themes of function, regulation, protocols and institutional frameworks are his primary concerns. The choices of materials are an integral part of the process. He employs mainly commercial building materials. Stanley often fabricates tools, re-designing them to perform outside of their original function.
Louise ButlerPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Louise Butler, a Dublin based artist, graduated from N.C.A.D. in 2006 and shows regularly in and around Ireland, including four solo exhibitions. Winner of the Markievicz Gold Medal for Painting in 2005, she investigates the surrounding landscapes of her locality as well as lands further a field, to find undiscovered new worlds that are thus exposed. These new discoveries make her more aware of the human interventions that are marking the landscape. Louise’s practice flows easily between 2D and 3D work, with painting at the foreground, where new landscapes are revealed and idealised places appear.
Jane FogartyPrevious Exhibiting Artist
Jane Fogarty graduated with a BA (hons) Fine Art from DIT in 2010. Jane had a one year residency at Talbot Gallery and Studio as she was awarded the Most Promising Graduate award 2010. Jane was also awarded the RC Lewis Crosby award for painting in the RDS Student Art Awards 2010 and was chosen to represent visual arts at DIT to the European League of Institutes of Arts in the NEU/NOW live festival Nantes
Alan DalyResident Talbot Gallery Artist
Alan Daly’s practice is defined by a commitment to live observation within the genres of Landscape, Still Life and Portraiture. Recently he has concentrated on charcoal drawings of sitters comprising of friends, family and fellow artists. The portraits are characterised by a psychological directness and honesty.
Daly studied Fine Art Painting at D.I.T. He has previously held solo exhibitions at the Talbot Gallery and the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick. He has exhibited in group shows at the RHA, RUA, Solomon Gallery, Cavehill Gallery and Sligo Art Gallery. His work can be found in the O.P.W and Fingal County Council Collections.
Claire HalpinResident Talbot Gallery Artist
Claire Halpin graduated from D.I.T with B.A Honours in Painting and went on to complete her Masters at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Scotland. Since graduating she has exhibited widely in group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad - most recently at Artisterium 4,Tbilisi, Georgia. Claire has had a number of solo exhibitions including Reconstructionsat Droichead Arts Centre (2012), Reconstructions at Talbot Gallery (2011), Tabula Rasa at Cavan County Museum (2011), Anaesthetic Aesthetics at Rua Red, Tallaght (2010), Always Now at Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2008)and solo exhibitions at Basement Gallery, Dundalk, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Model Arts Centre, Sligo. Her paintings are included in many private, public and corporate collections.
Claire’s recent work takes its imagery from a number of sources from media photos of areas of conflict to paintings from the canon of art history from Byzantine and Early Renaissance. The techniques employed range from the traditional form and materials of icon painting through to traditional oil painting and photographic transfer.
She attempts to present a contradiction within each painting between the subject matter and its rendering through paint. In the photographic transfer paintings the initial shock and graphicness of the subject matter gives way to a luring in by the painted surface. The themes in the work concern the use of imagery and how we perceive and interpret imagery and paintings depending on how they are painted and how the context in which we view images influences our perception and interpretation of them. These paintings raise questions about how we remember the past; choose to record history - the veracity of painting, photography, and the media in documenting future history.