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Matthew Mitchell – MFA Graduate,2017

Matthew Mitchell, Bhoireann Am (Burren Time), installation. Photographs by Zak Milofsky

The work here is an attempt to find a visual language for the duality between our necessarily abstracted experience of place and being in the new digital landscape, and our perception of place and being in relation to the more tangible primeval geological past. It is an attempt to use the visual lexicon of the past to articulate and chronicle our experience of the transient, often invisible now.

Matthew Mitchell, Transgression, mixed media on board, 122x102cm, 2017

This interplay of past and present place and time exists in the intermingling organic and inorganic forms on the canvas, in the physical act of making the work and in the perceived embodied experience of what is made. The processes used in the studio echo the naturally occurring processes of concealment and revelation in the physical act of erosion in the natural environment.

Matthew Mitchell, Quintessence, mixed media on board, 122x102cm, 2017

Organic material such as fine river clay taken from the Caher river bed is applied in layers, and then weathered over time. The act of construction in the layering and the deconstruction of etching and sanding and dissolving, and the transformational potential of the material, enables the observed materiality of the landscape to be embodied in the tactile surface of the piece.

Matthew Mitchell, After Ptolemy, mixed media on canvas, 68x55cm, 2017

At the same time, the use of the reflective qualities of enamel on textured coloured surfaces allows forms to appear and disappear, their visual reality in time shifting and impermanent. The inorganic materiality of the enamel and its translucence allows it to be part of the whole, but with a different separate narrative.

Matthew Mitchell, Immrama (The Navigations), mixed media on board, 122x102cm, 2017

Matthew Mitchell, Mare Incognitum, mixed media on canvas, 68x55cm, 2016

Matthew Mitchell, Marl Glyph, mixed media on canvas, 137x103cm, 2017

Jane Rainey – MFA Graduate, 2016

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey, Toxicity, oil on canvas, 40 x 50cm, 2016

 

The paintings often describe no specific events, with the beginning, the end and the transgressive or progressive middle, often folding in on each other. The works are always in a state of flux, living somewhere in-between representation and abstraction, depicting things that are of this world but also not of this world. Tangible things that you can almost touch collide with unrecognisable abstract marks that are very much involved and about the act of painting. The worlds are suspended in time, with no sense of gravity, living within a liminal space that is neither here nor there. Bright in colour the works pulsate against each other causing harmonious connections as well as uneasy clashes. A sense of overwhelming uneasy and awkwardness occupy the painting, alluding that all is not what it seems.

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey, In Response to the infinite Scream of Nature,oil on canvas, 40 x 50 cm. 2016

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey, Witches Broom,oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm, 2016

Jane Rainey, oil on canvas, 2016

Jane Rainey,The Man behind the Curtain, oil on canvas, 90 x 120 cm,2016

Jane Rainey website

Joseph Heffernan – MFA Graduate, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Cityscape, oil on canvas, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Cityscape, oil on panel, 40 x 30 cm, 2016

The Paintings are about the day-to-day activities of being in the studio and the Quixotic nature of the working process. The characters in the paintings are ones that I chose to bring in to the studio for narrative reasons. This narrative involves a theatrical conflict between abstraction and figuration, play-fullness and melancholy, hopefulness and despair, and is used as a vehicle or stage for exploring the absurdity of things.        Joseph Heffernan

Joseph Heffernan, Flume, oil on panel, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Flume, oil on panel, 25 x 20 cm, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Crusade, oil on canvas, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, Crusade, oil on panel, 30 x 40 cm, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Comedian, oil on panel, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Comedian, oil on panel, 25 x 15 cm, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Rehearsal, oil on canvas, 2016

Joseph Heffernan, The Rehearsal, oil on panel, 90 x 70 cm 2016

Kiran Riaz – MFA Graduate, 2016

Kiran Riaz, East meets West, digital print on canvas, 8' x 5', 2016

Kiran Riaz, East meets West, digital print on canvas, 8′ x 5′, 2016

Kiran Riaz grew up in Pakistan and moved to Dublin for her MFA. Her practice revolves around the counterbalance between Western and Eastern cultures. The work deals with cultural perceptions and her own experience of living between East and West. Riaz explores beauty, terrorism, religion and stereotypes of Eastern men as adversaries post 9/11. She has combined the Pakistani textile motif of Ajarak with Irish lace patterns in a mosaic format, using Photoshop software and traditional miniature painting. The work alludes to the mysteries and layers of visual storytelling from both societies, by revealing and concealing our combined histories.

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylic on canvass, 12 x 12 inches, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylic on canvass, 12 x 12 inches, 2016

Kiran Riaz, performance, sketch printing on T-shirt, (Austin Hearne), 2016

Kiran Riaz, performance, sketch printing on T-shirt, (Austin Hearne), 2016

Kiran Riaz, Who am I, colour pencil, on canvas, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Who am I, colour pencil, on canvas, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylics on canvas, 20x20 cm, 2016

Kiran Riaz, Untitled, acrylics on canvas, 20×20 cm, 2016

www.kiranriazart.com

Eveleen Murphy – MFA Graduate, 2013

Eveleen Murphy, Reoccurring Nightmare 1990, acrylic on board, 46 x 37cm

Eveleen Murphy, Reoccurring Nightmare 1990, acrylic on board, 46 x 37cm

I make abstract paintings. For me it is all about process or the physical act of painting. I work intuitively with a sense urgency. Improvisation is important and I’m not conscious of the outcome and need to be continually surprised. It is this surprise that creates momentum and in turn informs my decision making process. With my current efforts I’ve opened up these spaces to a new dialogue, by working more hastily and unconcerned with previous marking. I attempted to bring an immediacy that is honest and brutal. My interest lies in the ability to balance visual opposites, from the garish, tacky, and glitter to chalky abstractions. My work could be deemed awkward and unseemly, whilst appearing scattered with undefined inconsistencies and outcomes that appear inconclusive yet to me are satisfying.

Posted by Eveleen Murphy. Website here.

Eveleen Murphy, The Way I See It, acrylic on board, 54cm x 41cm

Eveleen Murphy, The Way I See It, acrylic on board, 54cm x 41cm

Eveleen Murphy, The Way I See It, acrylic on board, 54cm x 41cm

Eveleen Murphy, The Way I See It, acrylic on board, 54cm x 41cm

Eveleen Murphy, Excess, acrylic on expanding foam with plasticine on brick, 45 x 34 x 26cm

Eveleen Murphy, Excess, acrylic on expanding foam with plasticine on brick, 45 x 34 x 26cm

Eveleen Murphy, Bits And Pieces, acrylic on board, 54 x 41cm

Eveleen Murphy, Bits And Pieces, acrylic on board, 54 x 41cm

Brendan Flaherty – MFA Graduate, 2013

Brendan Flaherty, Amphitrite or Eve, oil on canvas, 176 x 176 cm, 2012

Brendan Flaherty, Amphitrite or Eve, oil on canvas, 176 x 176 cm, 2012

My work of late has been about considering the inherent possibilities in figurative painting, and consists of paintings of oil on canvas. Through the use of motifs drawn from art history coupled with personal references I have sought to create narratives that question what it is I paint.  I have been interested in the point at which the gestural application of paint engages with the imagery I use, or the space between the painting and the image.

Brendan Flaherty, Anthem of the Sun, oil on canvas, 175 x 182 cm, 2012

Brendan Flaherty, Anthem of the Sun, oil on canvas, 175 x 182 cm, 2012

Brendan Flaherty, Brendan's Voyage, oil on canvas, 152 x 234 cm, 2013

Brendan Flaherty, Brendan’s Voyage, oil on canvas, 152 x 234 cm, 2013

Brendan Flaherty, Dump, oil on canvas, 158 x 165 cm, 2013

Brendan Flaherty, Dump, oil on canvas, 158 x 165 cm, 2013

Brendan Flaherty, Housefire, oil on canvas, 160 x 142 cm, 2013

Brendan Flaherty, Housefire, oil on canvas, 160 x 142 cm, 2013

Posted by Brendan Flaherty