LCGA Exhibitions

Presence 08

27th November - 20th December 2008
Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick City Gallery of Art welcomes you to the second edition of Presence, featuring twenty one artists associated with Limerick. This annual series of Christmas exhibitions celebrates the wonderful range of talent and diversity in contemporary Irish art.  The exhibition will be opened by Liam Irwin, Irish Georgian Society, Limerick Chapter at 7pm Thursday 27th November 2008.

Limerick City offers many opportunities to artists; to study, live, work and exhibit. Early in the selection process last year it became obvious that to represent the city a series of exhibitions was necessary. In this year’s Presence there is an amazing array of differing styles and approaches to Painting, Drawing and Photography. As well as artists based here in Limerick there are artists living and working in Dublin, Belfast, London and Berlin. The range of the artists’ experiences and activities are extraordinary.

Tipperary born photographer. Lives and works in Limerick.
Graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Art teacher, Scoil Carmel, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Solo
exhibitions include Young City, (1991) Limerick City Gallery of
Art and Gallery of Photography, Dublin (1992).

Mounth Kenneth, Photograph, 2008  Andrew KEARNEY
Born in Limerick. Lives and works in the UK. Graduated from
Chelsea College of Art and Design and Limerick School of Art
and Design. He has just completed a three year research
programme funded by the AHRC at Middlesex College of Art.

Number 11, Photographic print, 76 x 65cm, 2002  Emma BERKERY
Born in Limerick. Lives and works in Belfast. Graduated from
University of Ulster and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.
Recent solo exhibitions include Altering Fluid Perceptions (2008),
Thinkk Creative Gallery, Limerick and The Courthouse Gallery,
Portrait of a Daring Adventure
Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 91.5cm, 2008  Michele HORRIGAN
Born in Limerick. Lives and works in Dublin, Germany and Limerick.
Studied at Stadelschule, Frankfurt and the University of Ulster.
Recent exhibitions include The Colour of Surprise (2007), Limerick
City Gallery of Art and RIAA (2007), Buenos Aires. She is curatorial
director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts.
Abandoned 1
Black and white photograph, framed, 107 x 86cm, 2008    
 Charles HARPER
Born in Kerry. Lives and works in Limerick. Graduate from the
National College of Art and Design and Limerick School of Art and
Design. Recent solo exhibitions include Gormleys Fine Art (2007),
Dublin, Belfast and Omagh and United Arts Club (2006), Dublin.

Zuleika, Acrylic on linen, 100 x 100cm, 2008 David FORTUNE
Born in Dublin. Lives and works in London. Graduated from
Limerick School of Art and Design. Recent solo exhibitions include
New Work (2008),The Outside World Gallery, London and Three
cows and a yellow girl (2007),Thinkk Creative Gallery, Limerick.

Mixed media on paper, 2008  Lorraine WALL
Born in Clare. Lives and works in Clare. Graduated from Limerick
School of Art and Design. Solo exhibitions include Now to Next
(2002), Glór Gallery, Clare. From 2000-2005,Wall served as a
board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Evening Light I   

Evening Light I
Mixed media on Bodleian Paper on canvas, 50x68cm, 2008
Finnin Martin, Oil on CAnvas, Free as a Rebel Angel    

The influential educational ethos of Limerick School of Art and Design is apparent in this exhibition. It is wonderful to include several of our senior artists Tom Fitzgerald, Charles Harper and Jack Donovan, all of whom have had a significant role in their careers at the Limerick School of Art and who have made important contributions to Irish Art. The exhibition also features the work of Lecturers Alan Keane, Suzannah O’Reilly and recent graduates Jennifer O’Connor and David Fortune.

International opportunities available to Irish artists have markedly increased. Both Andrew Kearney and Anne Ryan have carved significant careers in the London art world. Other artists with growing or established international careers include Tom Molloy, Enda O’Donoghue and Michele Horrigan. Successful Limerick based artists include Robert Ryan, Dave Lilburn, Kate Hennessy, Lorraine Wall and Brian MacMahon. We welcome the young Cork based artist Martin Finnin, whose work is much sought after in the Dublin auction houses.

The broad range of the exhibition may be illustrated by reference to three artists: Tom Shortt, well-known Limerick teacher has included several photographs documenting Limerick contemporary youth culture, Nesta Fitzgerald displays a series of quirky illustrations of the City and emerging painter Emma Berkery presents abstract explorations of colour and form.

Participating Artists: Emma BERKERY; Jack DONOVAN; Martin FINNIN; Nesta FITZGERALD; Tom FITZGERALD; David FORTUNE; Charles HARPER; Kate HENNESSY; Michele HORRIGAN; Alan KEANE; Andrew KEARNEY; David LILBURN; Brian MACMAHON; Tom MOLLOY; Jennifer O’CONNOR; Enda O’DONOGHUE; Suzannah O’REILLY; Anne RYAN; Robert RYAN; Tom SHORTT; Lorraine WALL

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