Exhibition responds to beauty in ordinary occurrences

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

Artists involved in the Elements exhibition at Friars Gate Kilmallock were from left William De Saint-Lo, Gillian Kenny, Eithne Hehir and Jane Howe
A NEW exhibition which “responds to the beauty which is present in ordinary imagery and occurrences” has been launched by renowned artist John Shinnors in Friars’ Gate, Kilmallock.

A NEW exhibition which “responds to the beauty which is present in ordinary imagery and occurrences” has been launched by renowned artist John Shinnors in Friars’ Gate, Kilmallock.

The exhibition was launched last Friday and runs until the end of September.

“It was great - we had a huge crowd. John Shinnors spoke very highly of everybody and gave a lovely speech. We had a good few sales which was great,” explained Caoimhe Reidy, manager of Friars’ Gate Theatre.

“There are four different elements - paintings, mixed media, ceramics and photography. The artists are all Limerick based. All items are for sale,” he added.

Jane Howe works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting and printmaking. In printmaking she experiments with printing off different materials such as latex and fabric to build up textural layers and finds this experimentation is an integral part of her process.

Her imagery is multilayered and textual, revealing the influence of her immediate landscape as well as personal experiences and life events.

Eithne Hehir creates ceramic works inspired by rivers as a metaphor for human energy. Her work comprises of altered porcelain vessels, their interiors glazed in river colours. Her porcelain vessels embody the vigour of a small stream, then their trajectory changes organically moving towards larger and rounder vessels. Their shape becomes a symbol for transition within a human life as echoed within nature.

Gillian Kenny has created a series of vividly coloured paintings which track a transformative period in her life - the arrival of her first child. She enjoys experimenting with the dialectics that arise between the use of photographic references and the more painterly elements of her practice.

This current series focuses on a return to the enjoyment of the pure physicality of painting and an exploration of the life cycle and motherhood.

William Desaintlo is a French artist now living in Ireland, his engaging photographic practice is inextricably linked to capturing fleeting moments and the emotional state of his subjects.