Claire Halpin visual artist based in Dublin, Ireland

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News: IMMA Collection Acquisition – Jig Map Series by Claire Halpin

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) has just announced they have acquired three diptychs from the Jigmap Series by Claire Halpin from the Olivier Cornet Gallery. A great honour for both the gallery and the artist Claire Halpin who has been represented by the gallery since 2016. Since joining the gallery Claire as an artist has contributed an exciting and enthusiastic presence to the gallery and also as a co-curator on a number of exhibitions. View the works in the IMMA Collection here:

https://imma.ie/collection/yeoman-yemen/

https://imma.ie/collection/afghan-tour/

https://imma.ie/collection/jig-map-iraq/

Jigmap Series Works:

  1. Yeoman Yemen, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2019
  2. Afghan Tour, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2016
  3. Jigmap Iraq, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm x 150cm, 2015

Afghan Tour and Jigmap Iraq were first exhibited part of the artist’s solo show Glomar Response at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in 2016. They also featured in 38th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial in 2018 exhibited spectacularly at Limerick City Gallery, selected by Into Guerrero. While Yeoman Yemen was the centre piece of the artist’s solo show Raw War at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in 2019. This show constituted a milestone exhibition in Claire’s career as it offered viewers a comprehensive survey of the artist’s attempt to navigate the complexity of the contemporary theatre of war.

“I am absolutely delighted about the selection of my work for acquisition for IMMA’s Collection – both personally and professionally it is an honour to have my work included in IMMA’s Collection – amongst the many great artworks and artists. For any artist to receive the acknowledgement, affirmation and support of their work by a national cultural institution is hugely important in their career, and for me for the Jigmap Series represents a significant body of work and development in my practice – knowing that the significance of this work has been recognised and will be exhibited at IMMA and brought to a wider audience for many years to come makes me happy and proud”. 

Claire Halpin, April 2021

On This Day in 2018 – 38th EVA International: Ireland’s Biennial Opened in Limerick

On This Day in 2018 – 38th EVA International: Ireland’s Biennial Opened in Limerick. Selected by Inti Guerrero – three of my large diptychs from the JigMap Series were exhibited at Limerick City Gallery. What an honour to be selected an exhibited alongside an amazing line-up of Irish and Internationally renowned artists. And for this significant body of work to be exhibited at the beautiful space at Limerick City Gallery.

The three works selected and exhibited on specially bespoke soft purple walls were:

  1. Syrial Series, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2018
  2. JigMap Iraq, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2016
  3. Afghan Tour, Diptych, Oil on Canvas, 60cm X 150cm, 2017

A very proud highlight of my career to date.

The Artist’ Well Episode #29 – Claire Halpin – Interview with Alan Keane/ 6th February 2021

Delighted to have been featured on The Artist’s Well Episode #29 an interview with Alan Keane on 6th February 2021.

Lovely Saturday morning interview chatting with Alan, looking around the studio, having a look at older work and also the new paintings in progress. We had a lovely crowd along joining us online and some great feedback and thought provoking questions too! Thanks to everyone who came along. If you missed it you can watch it here on Youtube.

The Artist’s Well https://www.aka.ie/the-artists-well.html

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On Paper – Winter Group Show at Olivier Cornet Gallery until 14 February 2021

Raft II, Drypoint on Fabriano, Ed.20, 2018

On Paper – Winter Group Show at Olivier Cornet Gallery until 14 February 2021

Group show curated in collaboration with Jackie Ryan

Delighted my print Raft II, Drypoint on Fabriano, 2018, Edition 20 is included in this beautifully selected and curated exhibition.
Jackie Ryan has also selected work by the following artists for this special exhibition: William Crozier, Paul Furneaux, John Keating, Harry Kernoff, Eamonn O’Doherty and Barbara Rae.
The Gallery is currently closed until 31 January 2021 under Government Restrictions however it is available to view in the 3D Virtual Space.
Click to view or/and download the exhibition’s catalogue/pricelist – .on-paper-winter-group-show-catalogue-olivier-cornet-gallery
Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, D01 NV63, Ireland
Closed until 31 January 2021 in  line with Covid 19 Government Guidelines

New work – Panoramic Pandemic Paintings at Olivier Cornet Gallery – open Tuesday to Sunday by appointment

New works – Panoramic Pandemic I – Bergamo and Panoramic Pandemic – Dublin, Oil on Gesso, 20cm X 25cm, 2020 – from a new series of paintings available to view at Olivier Cornet Gallery open Tuesday to Sunday by appointment only.

About the work –

As the corona virus pandemic spread and the world went into lockdown, as the numbers of deaths and cases soared, peaked and epicentred – a live stream of images of the “war against the virus” – battlements constructed in the form of huge hospitals built at high speed in China. But that was all over there. Not here yet. Then across Europe, the abandonment of nursing homes, the repurposing of buildings for the infected, and the building of temporary mortuaries, the lines of army trucks delivering the dead to these temporary morgues. And then it was here in Ireland – a temporary morgue to be constructed at IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

I have begun a series documenting some of these sites. Tourist sites, cultural and historical sites, leisure sites – repurposed as temporary morgues, now commemorative sites or monuments to this pandemic. First in the series was the Palacio di Hielo Ice Rink in Madrid, painted using egg tempera on gesso and in the classical form and style of the frescoes of the palaces of Madrid.

The Panoramic Pandemic work use the composition, and style of a romantic era classical landscape in juxtaposition the pandemic unfolds in these calm and bucholic landscapes, the immensity and impact contained within the vignette frame. Panoramic Pandemic II – Dublin is based on the William Ashford 18th century painting A View of Dublin from Chapelizod as the backdrop includes St.Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park and Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

In the interest of all gallery visitors, during the Coronavirus pandemic, we would ask that you book a slot with before you come.  Just text/call or email to let the gallery know what time would suit you within the normal opening hours.
Appointments outside these opening hours are possible too.
Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 6pm
(until 8pm on Thursdays).
Saturday & Sunday. 12 noon to 5pm
Closed on Mondays

The Kitchen Garden – Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier – Sculpture in Context 2020 Virtual Exhibition

 

As Sculpture in Context goes virtual for 2020 due to COVID19 restrictions – artists were invited to create a short video of their artwork or proposed artwork. We created a short video of Kitchen Garden – our proposed work for Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens. We hope to develop and create this work for a future Sculpture in Context exhibition on site in the Botanic Gardens.

The Kitchen Garden, which has its origins in the early vegetable plots of the Middle Ages, became a ubiquitous design element of every large 18th century demesne. In this inventive new artwork the artists, Claire Halpin and Madeleine Hellier, like gardeners of old, will use familiar kitchen utensils and household items which have been selected for their form, function, colour and materiality to create an aesthetically pleasing Kitchen Garden in the beds of the Botanic Gardens. Elements will include icing nozzles, graters, sieves, strainers, colanders, ladles, whisks, steamers, pizza cutters, teapots and other “exotica” found during our own culinary and artistic travels. The artworks will be accompanied by a hand drawn map of the garden including annotated specimens eg. Shamrockus Scrubus, Sievum Bulbum.

http://www.sculptureincontext.com/

 

Resurfacing – Summer Group Exhibition at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 6th – 28th August 2020

Temporary Morgue – Palacio de Hielo, Madrid, 2020, Egg Tempera on Gesso, 20cm x 25cm, 650 euro.

The Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Resurfacing – Summer Group Exhibition curated with gallery volunteers Maïté Moloney and Molliemia Murphy. Delighted my painting – Palacio de Hielo – Temporary Morgue, Madrid is available to view and purchase at this exhibition. Recently shortlisted at Highlanes Open Exhibition, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
Following the social restrictions previously imposed by the state, the country is now reopening allowing many of us to go back to work or visit our friends and family again. Taking inspiration from these circumstances, we are ‘resurfacing’ pre-exhibited work by our artists, allowing us to give them a new lease of life, revisit them and think about our shared experience resurfacing.
The exhibition features work by all our gallery artists: Annika Berglund, Hugh Cummins, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Conrad Frankel, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Yanny Petters and Kelly Ratchford,
Also work by our Associate Gallery Artists (AGA group members): Aisling Conroy, Mary A. Fitzgerald, David Fox, Nickie Hayden, Sheila Naughton, Vicky Smith and Susanne Wawra.
Last but not least, the exhibition also features work by Mark Newman, jewellery and metal work graduate, one of the 5 winners of the 2020 RDS Craft Awards. A special new work by gallery artist Yanny Petters, ‘Calla Lily Blue‘, is also included in the exhibition as part of our celebration of National Heritage Week (15-23 August).
Resurfacing – Summer Group Exhibition – Available to view by appointment at
Olivier Cornet Gallery
3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, D01 NV63, Ireland
Tues to Friday: 11am – 6pm (8pm on Thurs) / Sat & Sun: 12 noon – 5pm 

Last Chance – Highlanes Open Submission Exhibition closes Saturday 11th July

Delighted to have been selected for the inaugural Highlanes Open Submission Exhibition and very excited to see the exhibition in the real today. An honour to have my painting exhibited in the fine gallery space that is the Highlanes, alongside the line up of selected artists and to have been selected by the panel comprising artist Joy Gerrard, curator Sean Kissane, and gallerist Jerome O Drisceoil. There were over 500 works submitted for this open submission so to be among the 41 selected works is great. Highlanes Gallery re-opened on Wednesday 8th July. So this left just three days to see the exhibition in the real! The exhibition is beautifully curated and showcases the work beautifully. It has been well documented online and there will be a video documentation of the exhibition installed in the gallery released soon.

Last chance to visit the exhibition tomorrow Saturday 11th July.

Highlanes Gallery

Laurence Street, Drogheda

www.highlanes.ie

info@highlanes.ie

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Highlanes Open Submission 2020 – Shortlisted Artists

Highlanes Gallery Open Submission 2020

The Janet Mullarney Prize (worth €3,000) goes to artist Bernie Masterson for her video work, Flight, with prizes also going to Alasdair Asmussen Doyle for 100ft of Sea, Laura Fitzgerald for A very bad 1:1, Helena Gorey for Untitled, Elaine Grainger for Built Arrangements, and Susan Buttner for Dialogues I sculpt, eventually static, this thing a sort of self , 2020 (homeschooling) #covid19. The full shortlist of artists work selected from over 500 entries are Thomas Brezing, Susan Buttner, Pauline Clancy, Jane Cummins, Amanda Doran, Alasdair Asmussen Doyle, Marta Dyczkowska, Isadora Epstein, Áine Byrne & Bureau Bonanza, Leanne Finnegan, Laura Fitzgerald, Harry Walsh Foreman, Saidhbhín Gibson, Kerry Guinan, Helena Gorey, John Graham, Elaine Grainger, Austin Hearne, Claire Halpin, Méabh Hennelly, Margaret Doyle Hobbs, Bernadette Kiely, Sharon Kelly, Dave Madigan, Bernie Masterson, Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh, Yvette Monahan, Kevin Mooney, Elva Mulchrone, Mark McGreevy, Niamh McGuinne, Astrid Newman, Noël O’Callaghan, Suzy O’Mullane, Kiera O’Toole, Bara Palcik, Emma Roche, Grainne Smith, Padraig Spillane, Jennifer Trouton, Mieke Vanmechelen, Lee Welch and Dianne Whyte.

We are grateful to judges, artist Joy Gerrard, curator Sean Kissane, and gallerist Jerome O Drisceoil. Sincere thanks to our gallery team, and funders Louth County Council and The Arts Council..

An open submission process offers opportunity and challenge, also to the judges, as Joy Gerrard reflects in her response:
It was a great pleasure to see the talent, ambition and breadth of work submitted.
However, the number of works submitted made the task of selecting less than ten percent of the total very difficult. I could have happily selected three or four times this number. It was lovely to hear Seán and Jerome’s responses to the work, and I think as an artist, curator and gallerist trio, we brought very different aesthetic and subjective rationales to the process. I learnt a great deal from looking and considering all the works, and also from my fellow judges.

Jerome O Drisceoil echoes some of the sentiments in his response:
It is true of the list of 517 applicants for this prize that there was work of real originality and depth and lots of colour.  It was a great pleasure for me to discover so much interesting new work among the applicants which might not normally have come to my attention. It was fascinating to see a cross-section of what is being produced in Ireland in the last 2 years and even during the pandemic. I am sure that among these applicants there are names which will become familiar to us in the future. Thank you to Joy Gerrard and to Sean Kissane for their dedication to the task and for sharing their knowledge and ideas.  It was no easy task to reduce the list. There were many more, we all felt, equally deserving of the final nomination.

Highlanes Gallery
Laurence Street, Drogheda

http://www.highlanes.ie/

 

 

 

New Work selected for the inaugural Highlanes Open Submission 2020 at Highlanes Gallery

I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have my work selected for the inaugural Highlanes Open Submission 2020 at the fantastic Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and online from 9th June 2020. This Open Submission has been developed responding to the social constraints of the current global situation, and acknowledging that many visual artists continue to create and work, though now, many not in their studios, but in smaller spaces, and domestic environments. Its objective is to support and highlight new work by artists living in Ireland, to encourage interest and engagement with contemporary art, and to raise the profile of ambitious visual art in society.

 

My work was selected following a shortlisting by the panel of judges for Highlanes Gallery Open Submission 2020 – artist, Joy Gerrard, Seán Kissane, Curator of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and Jerome O’Drisceoil, Gallerist, Green on Red Gallery.

Temporary Morgue - Palacio de Hielo

Temporary Morgue – Palacio de Hielo Ice Rink, Madrid 2020

Egg Tempera on Gesso, 20cm X 25cm, May 2020

Artwork Statement:

As the corona virus pandemic spread and the world went into lockdown, as the numbers of deaths and cases soared, peaked and epicentered – a live stream of images of the “war against the virus” – battlements built in the form of huge hospitals built at high speed in China. But that was all over there. Not here yet. Then across Europe, the abandonment of nursing homes, the re-purposing of buildings for the infected, and the building of temporary mortuaries. And then it was here in Ireland – a temporary morgue to be built at IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

I have begun a series documenting some of these sites. Tourist sites, cultural and historical sites, leisure sites – re-purposed as temporary morgues, now commemorative sites or monuments to this pandemic. This is the Palacio de Hielo Ice Rink in Madrid, painted using egg tempera on gesso and in the classical form and style of the frescoes of the palaces of Madrid.

Claire Halpin, June 2020

 

Highlanes Gallery

Laurence Street, Drogheda, Ireland

http://www.highlanes.ie/