Painters and Makers | Exhibition in SO Fine Art Editions

Posted 17.06.19

SO Fine Art Editions presents an interesting mix of talented painters and makers: Mike Byrne, Neil Dunne, Sarah Long, Eoin Francis McCormack, Alan Meredith, Matthew Mitchell, Aoife Soden, Grainne Watts and Derek Wilson.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 20 June, 2019 | 6pm - 8pm

Continues until 18 July, 2019.

Mike Byrne’s ceramic practice explores the edges of, and the connections between design, function, narrative and art. The use of a combination of fired clay and other materials, both found and worked, combined with a loose interpretation of the components of the jug form, is an attempt to erode the boundaries between these disciplines.

Neil Dunne's creative practice is complemented by his unique viewpoint into Irish culture and society, his paintings deviate through printed matter, expressive gestural paintings and silkscreen prints. He was shortlisted for the Saville's VUE art prize and was awarded a scholarship to complete his MFA at NCAD 2017-18.

Sarah Long's Garden Series is an exploration of the rich allegorical tradition associated with gardens in Western culture. In particular, the work references the film The Secret Garden, biblical allusions along with the philosophies of Utopian socialist, Robert Owen.  Sarah Long is a visual artist whose work explores the cultural ideas of the landscape. She is a recent graduate of Crawford College of Art & Design.

Eoin Francis McCormack's unique large scale works have caught the Irish public's imagination.   McCormack fabricates his own tools and uses a limited palette of 10 colours creating organic multi coloured and striking works. He completed his MFA in Edinburgh and had a solo exhibition in the Irish Arts, Hells Kitchen New York and the Luan Gallery in 2018 

Alan Meredith's work to date straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft, sculpture and architecture and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. On show is a  collection of his sculptural wood turned vessels. Besides being awarded DCCIO future maker of the year in 2017, his recent awards include RIAI Public Space award with A2 architects and The RDS Craft Awards in 2018. 

Matthew Mitchell's paintings seek to find a visual language between our necessarily abstracted experience of place and being in the new digital landscape of unseen signals and grids. Mitchell uses organic material such as clay from the Burren and his process includes the act of construction in the layering and the deconstruction by dissolving and sanding, which enables the materiality of the landscape to be embodied in the tactile surface of the piece.

A recipient of the DCCoI Emerging Future Makers Award in 2018, Aoife Soden's glass pieces draw heavily from her Irish background and from Scandinavian design. The contrast between simple shapes and bright colours, patterns and optic effects are central to her process. 

Ceramicist Gráinne Watts, who recently showed in Ceramic Art London this year, continues to explore form inspired by the Natural world and organic geometry. Her 'Bindu' series are hand built organic forms, combining wheel thrown elements with coiling to create large round forms that gently rock with layers of colour to create movement with intricate 'dot' patterns.

Derek Wilson's practice focuses on the making of a diverse range of contemporary objects from the functional to the sculptural. According to Wilson his work is about capturing the fluidity and quality of a line, an angle, a plane and resonates of constructivist theories and processes. The colour, shape and materiality of his objects reference ideas of containment and minimalism. Working in celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware, his objects tend to be placed in groupings, which evoke communality and sociability. Wilson also showed this year in Ceramics Art London and in 2018 had solo shows in Tokyo and Fukuoka.

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