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


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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)

Artists Panel Talk at Concerning The Other Exhibition @ 6.30pm on Friday 6th October

Last chance to get to see Concerning the Other exhibition with the Artist Panel Talk on Friday 6th October at 6.30pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street.

This panel discussion with the curators and some of the collaborating artists will explore various elements of the project – how the artists dealt with each other’s work, how they found the process of having their work altered, how the public engaged with the process week by week, how people responded to the final works, what effect (if any) the works had, and many more questions that have arisen since the beginning of the project.

It promises to be a very interesting evening as they will be talking about their experience during the project and answering any questions you might have. This free event will be chaired by Michael Coyne who is currently undertaking an MA in Visual and Critical Studies with the Dublin School of Creative Arts at DIT.

Concerning the Other a collaborative art project which involved ten contemporary artists working together on one hundred pieces of art, to promote diversity and concern for minorities in these days of mounting racism and intolerance.

The Artists:   Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley RHA, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra.

The Curators: Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn

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Culture Night at Olivier Cornet Gallery – Friday 22nd September until 11pm

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As part of the 2017 edition of Culture Night this coming Friday (22 September), the Olivier Cornet Gallery would like to invite you to come and experience
‘Concerning the Other’. The exhibition will be open from 11am to 11pm
Concerning the Other’ is a collaborative project/exhibition curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn. It brings together 10 contemporary artists to work over each other’s artworks. The idea: in these days of conflict, growing racism and intolerance, artists can lead the way in promoting diversity and showing concern for minorities and refugees. Artists: Brian Fay, Claire Halpin, James Hanley, Joanna Kidney, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Miriam McConnon, Kate Murphy, Ben Readman, Gail Ritchie and Susanne Wawra. Visitors will be able to see the prints resulting from this collaboration and meet some of the artists.
A joining-the-dots session with one of the Concerning the Other images pared down by one of the artists. You’ll be sitting around our humongous Georgian table in the Blue Room above the gallery (once the living room of the Lord Norbury). Surrounded by an impromptu exhibition* curated by the gallery’s interns, you will be able to indulge in a bit of colouring or even drawing. You can then confront your masterpiece with the original image somewhere in the gallery… Suitable for children if accompanied by an adult. 4pm to 7pm.
*The exhibition in that room will include paintings of fireplaces and domestic objects, very relevant if you missed our show ‘Silent Stories’ at the Belltable Limerick earlier this year…
(Please note that during the performance the public won’t be able to browse through the exhibition)
More about Pearse and the band Nocturnes:
Gallery artist Kelly Ratchford who will open her studio (3rd floor) for the night.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street(beside Belvedere College off Parnell Square), Dublin 1

Concerning The Other Exhibition – Opening this Sunday 3pm-5pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery

After 9 months working on the Concerning the Other project  with Olivier Cornet and Eoin Mac Lochlainn an exhibition is born!

We are delighted that Patrick Murphy, Director of the RHA will officially open the exhibition this Sunday 10th September from 3-5pm at Olivier Cornet Gallery, 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1.