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5 - 23 March 2012

Mixed Group exhibition curated by Barbara Stanley featuring paintings by Monica Boyle, Margaret Egan, Jimmy Lawlor and Philip Lindey and sculptures by Orla de Bri and Padraig Reaney.

As part of the St Patrick's Day London celebrations 2012, we are delighted to bring together a selection of paintings and sculpture in this Exhibition ' Art from Ireland'.

This collaborative Exhibition showcases the works of many indigenous Irish artists all with varying styles and perceptions.

    Art from Ireland

    We invite you to visit the exhibition and get a flavour of how these artists portray the history, mood, atmosphere and humour of Ireland.

    Monica Boyle
    This work is a direct response to the architectural spaces inside Fort Camden which overlook Cork Harbour. In these paintings Monica attempts to capture the changing atmosphere of these turbulent landscapes using layers of dense pigment and transparent glazes.

    Margaret Egan
    There are two main elements to Egan’s paintings – landscape and figurative.  The dramatic seascapes in this exhibition beautifully capture the mood and atmosphere of Inis Meáin.  Egan says “I have always been intrigued by people and landscape and exploring the endless possibilities of the relationship between the two. The places that people inhabit somehow retain their energy and it's interesting to try to capture a moment in time when one influences the other.”

    Philip Lindey
    Born in Rochdale of Irish parents who relocated back to Ireland, Lindey now lives in the West of Ireland.   A great observer of life, Lindey is blessed with a wonderful imagination. He brings a touch of dark humour and satire in his subject matter. Prepare to be intrigued.

    Jimmy Lawler
    Lawlor’s surreal approach to familiar Irish anecdotes and his playful and enigmatic take on his subject matter means he is often referred to as ‘The Irish Dali’. His work is based not only on the Irish sense of humour, but in vivid realisation that the old way of life will have vanished by our next generation. He takes elements from his surroundings and mixes them with the people of the place, in their environment and doing what they love best. Of the elements Lawlor says “In their own way they have helped create the environment about them, whether they be farmers, business people, students or otherwise”.

    Orla de Brí
    The solitary stylised figures often commune with abstract shapes or elements from nature and throughout her work there is always communication and interaction. Human evolution and development are of great interest to her. How we analyse ourselves, relate to other people, and how we connect with our surroundings is always explored in de Brí’s work.

    Pádraic  Reaney
    A native Gaelic speaker from Carraroe in the West of Ireland. Pádraic’s work has been largely influenced by the stories he heard as a child, in particular from his own grandparents.  According to Reaney, these stories of Celtic mythology, handed down from generation to generation, is an art form in itself and drawing on this wonderful web of mythology he created an exhibition The Tain’  which is also the theme of his work for this Exhibition.

     Embassy of Ireland

    Organised by the Embassy of Ireland

    12 Star Gallery 
    The 12 Star Gallery is located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

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