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Last Week of Arrival Exhibition at Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire

Last chance to see my award winning paintings at the dlr Open Submission Exhibition – Arrival at Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon. The exhibition was selected by art critic and writer Gemma Tipton.

dlr County Council presented an award of €1,000 to the overall winner of the Open Exhibition, Claire Halpin and two runner up prizes of €250 each to Mark Granier and Bebhinn Dunne.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 21st January.

dlr Arts, Municipal Gallery


2° C at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Sunday 17th December at 3pm

The best art exhibitions this week – from 2°C in Dublin at Olivier Cornet Gallery

“Olivier Cornet has a knack for curating good thematic shows, allowing artists to affiliate their work to a subject – in this case climate change – without distorting their customary practices. Here he elicits thoughtful, nuanced responses from a number of fine artists including Jordi Fornies, Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Freda Rupp, Aisling Conroy, Vicky Smith and more.”

Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, 10th December 2017

Awarded Overall Winner of DLR Open Exhibition 2017 Selected by Gemma Tipton

 “Huge congratulations to Claire Halpin who is the winner of ‘Arrival’, the open exhibition of works by artists from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County. Claire is pictured with her works, Raft I and Raft II at the launch of ‘Arrival’ last night at dlr LexIcon.”

Photo by Peter Cavanagh Photography. #irishart Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Olivier Cornet Gallery

Raft I & Raft II selected for Arrival, dlr Open Submission exhibition at dlr LexIcon

Delighted that my two paintings Raft I and II have been selected for Arrival,  DLR Biennial Open Submission at the Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon, Dún Laoghaire from Friday 8 December 2017 to Sunday 21 January 2018. The 2017 exhibition is selected by Gemma Tipton, journalist, writer and critic of contemporary art and architecture; the theme is Arrival.

“Arrival always implies a journey, but it doesn’t have to be physical. It can be arrival at an idea, or an insight, something finished, something understood. It’s about that moment when you suddenly just know you’ve got there – wherever “there” may be. Making art can be an arrival. So too can looking at it. ” Gemma Tipton


DLR Arts


IN SITU – Talbot Studios Open Studio Event and Exhibition – 5-9pm Friday 24th November

New Artwork at VUE Irish Contemporary Art Fair at RHA until Sunday 5th November

Deepwater Horizon III, Acrylic on Original Metal Found Sign, 35cm x 35cm, 2017

2° C, a group show on climate change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA (2-5 Nov) & at Olivier Cornet Gallery (16 Dec-15 Feb 2018)

 VUE, Ireland’s National Contemporary Art Fair and yes it does takes place at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.

For Vue 2017, The Olivier Cornet Gallery and their artists will be presenting ‘2° C’, a group show on the theme of climate change, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Responding to the theme of Climate Change I developed a new work related to a previous series of work on the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Our reliance on fossil fuels has impacted on the greenhouse effect and climate change. The quest for fossil fuels in the form of global oil corporations and conglomerates has had some of the most disastrous manmade environmental impact – both at sea, on land and animal and marine life.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill killing eleven people, it is considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels. After several failed efforts to contain the flow, the well was declared sealed on September 19, 2010. Reports in early 2012 indicated that the well site was still leaking. The spill was also notable for the volume of Corexit oil dispersant used and for application methods that were “purely experimental.” Scientists concluded that mixing oil with dispersant increased toxicity to ecosystems by 52 times and made the gulf oil spill worse.”

In September 2014, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that BP was primarily responsible for the oil spill because of its gross negligence and reckless conduct.

The Deepwater Horizon I-III series of paintings refer to the grand tradition of marine painting – documenting great seafarers and nautical heroics and explorers.

2° C – A Group Show on Climate Change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA 2nd-5th November

2° C a group show on climate change at Vue Art Fair 2017, RHA (2-5 Nov) & at Olivier Cornet Gallery (16 Dec-15 Feb 2018)