Incognito Exhibition, what you need to know.

For those unfamiliar, Incognito is an exciting exhibition in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. Artists from all over Ireland have donated postcard sized artwork to the exhibition (including yours truly).

They are all priced the same. For €50 any piece is yours. The fun part is, it is only after you purchase the art, that the identity of the artist is revealed. Fancy yourself as an art critic. There are so many styles so choose wisely and see if you have a good eye.

The incognito website is now open and so you can view all the artwork online at  www.incognito.ie. Call into the Solomon on Friday 21st April (10am-7pm) to see the exhibition. 

Check them out online www.incognito.ie where you can register your interest in a piece. Here are a few of my personal favs so far:

This dreamy textured painting above

I have a weakness for realist art, where the everyday is elevated to the divine, like the oil tube above

This Mother’s Day Weekend, Why Not Try Something a Little Different

If you fancy a bit of culture this Mother’s Day weekend, I recommend heading along to The National Gallery where there is a new and exciting portrait on show. Gareth Reid’s commission of Graham Norton has arrived and is hanging in the Millennium wing.

It show’s a different side to our favourite TV show host. A more relaxed, casual, pensive side quite far removed from his highly polished tv persona.

Gareth won the commission as the prize on Sky’s Portrait Artists of the Year 2017, available to watch on Sky Go. Over the course of 8 episodes we see artists battle it out to win the coveted prize: a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait of Graham Norton.

Perhaps the real prize for any artist is this painting is now part of the permanent portrait collection in the National Gallery of Ireland. So we are lucky to have this piece here in Dublin and free to the public to visit.

While you are there why not pop in to see the finalists and winner of the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016. You need not have a four year degree in Art History from Trinity to enjoy these pieces. Both hold fantastic examples of contemporary portraiture that are accessible and appeal to all.

My favourite part about viewing Gareth’s commission on the final Episode 9 Season 3 of the show, is we get to see his process.

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Here we see the artist change his composition several times before settling on a final one. He paints and repaints over and over sketching using the brush and red and black oil paint. We get a real insight into how he works as an artist.

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*Image credits: Still from the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Ep9 S3 available to watch on Sky Go

Gareth had three sittings with Graham ahead of painting the portrait. They met in Cork and got to know each other. Eventually it was revealed through their conversations that they are actually distant relatives. Gareth made several sketches and took photographs of Graham and the surrounding area.

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Gareth Reid at work in his studio, still from the show.

I would recommend watching the show (or at least the final episode if not the series) and then popping in to see it in person. It’s amazing to see art in real life as opposed to a representation on your tv/ media player.

Image credit: photo taken while visiting the National Gallery.

The portrait in reality is larger than I anticipated. The National Gallery is located around the corner from Merrion Square and the perfect located for lunch and a Sunday stroll afterwards.

A very happy Mother’s Day to all the wonder women this weekend.

Alginate fun on a Tuesday in Harold’s Cross

We had such a blast at Art Academy on Tuesday excavating the plaster hand casts from their alginate housing. Having created the casts in last weeks class everyone was ready for the big reveal. So cautiously the seaweed based gel like mould was cut away from the plaster. It’s inevitable a finger will be lost at some point but luckily it’s easily fixed. Any bumps are sanded and fine dental tools are used to mend any imperfections or remove alginate from small grooves. Have a look at some pics from the evening posted below.

I have also included pictures of a personal cast I took of my parents at the weekend. They submerged a hand each together in a bucket to cast both of their hands in one art piece.

Next week we will begin the exciting cast drawing process under controlled lighting. We will keep you posted on the progress. Check back for updates. Anyone wishing to join the class can get in touch for details.

 

      

My mam and daddy’s couples cast.

Dublin Canvas 2017

You may have noticed pieces of art appearing on traffic lights boxes in Dublin over the last two Summers. It is the work of an initiative called Dublin Canvas . It seeks to brighten the city by commissioning artists to transform a dull traffic light box into a public work of art. I was lucky enough last year to paint two such boxes.

“The Danger was Half the Excitement” 2016 by Sheila Flaherty located on Merrion Square – photography credit Gary Connolly

The boxes have been brightening up the city for two years now.  Check out images of all the artists work so far on the Dublin Canvas website gallery.

“Art inspires the World” 2016 by Sheila Flaherty located in Harold’s Cross. Photo credit: The Harold’s Cross Xpress

The work has been getting great media coverage from both local and national newspapers 

The project set to roll out again for Summer/ Autumn 2017. If you would like an artist to paint a  box painted in your area, post a photo with location using hashtag #dublincanvas to the Facebook page. If you fancy painting a box yourself, get in touch with David Murtagh on the website and sign up to the news letter with all the information about getting involved. I look forward to spotting new artwork emerge over the course of the Summer and Autumn. 

“The Art of Rivilary” our book for March

The book for the March Art Academy Bookclub chosen by Nika is “The Art of Rivilary by Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic Sebastian Smee tells the fascinating story of four pairs of artists—Manet and Degas, Picasso and Matisse, Pollock and de Kooning, Freud and Bacon—whose fraught, competitive friendships spurred them to new creative heights.”

An ecclectic mix of artists to suit all interests there. Available on Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Hodges & F, on sale on the Book depository and all usual suspects I’d imagine. I’ll pop links at the end of the post.

Our bookclub meets on the second Wednesday of the month in Coppa cafe at the RHA. Occasionally we will attend an art exhibition or event together. There is a fun such event on March 3rd in the RHA. All are very welcome. Art Academy Bookclub is a fun, relaxed event enjoying art, reading, a coffee / glass of wine/ bite in great company.

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Rivalry-Friendships-Betrayals-Breakthroughs/dp/0812994809 https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Art-of-Rivalry-Sebastian-Smee/9781781251652?ref=grid-view https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-art-of-rivalry/sebastian-smee/9781781251652

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A Warm Welcome to Art Academy Bookclub

Art Academy run an art themed bookclub once a month on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet at 6pm – 9pm in the lovely Coppa Cafe at the front of the RHA located just off St. Stephen’s Green. 

Each month we choose a different art themed book to read for the next month. It’s quite an informal get together, so don’t worry if you don’t finish (or even start) the book you are still welcome along.

Some of the books we have read so far are:

There is no charge of admission or subscription to the bookclub, it’s a fun, free, friendly art event. Each month the new book is posted on Meetup. I will link below. And (if I think of it) I will also post here on the website.

Also if you have read a great art themed novel, please let me know, always on the lookout for a new arty read.

Art Academy Bookclub

Dublin, IE
393 Art Academy Bookclub

Informal get together for all who enjoy art, wine, coffee and a good read. The art themed novel for the March meet up is “The Art of Rivilary” by Sebastian Smee. Read the book…

Next Meetup

RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday with Art Academy Bookclub

Friday, Mar 3, 2017, 7:00 PM
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